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Down to Earth Construction Performing Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic Inspections scheduled in Uxbridge, Franklin, Wrentham, Plainville, Mansfield, Attleboro, North Attleboro and Norton, MA today.  If you are moving out of your home you are likely to need a Title 5 Inspection to be done, and we would recommend that you have this scheduled early in your sale process. A title 5 Inspection is valid for 2 years so there is no need to wait and having it done promptly can reduce any delays later in your sale. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Successful Year for Down to Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services would like to thank all of our customers, vendors and friends for a very successful year. We have conducted more Title 5 Septic Inspections, Septic Installations and Septic Repairs than ever before and look forward to expanding upon that success in 2017. Please call us with all your septic questions at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic Inspections Scheduled by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has Septic Inspections scheduled for next week in North Attleboro, Plainville, Attleboro and Seekonk MA. Many of the Inspections we have conducted are from referrals from Realtors that we work with repeatedly.  Realtors are confident in our service and therefore willing for their clients to schedule Septic Inspections with Down to Earth Construction Services. If you need to schedule a Septic Inspection please contact our offices at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Don’t Leave Your Septic System to Chance

collage-preventive-maintenanceMany homeowners may feel that septic systems basically take care of themselves if left alone.   You may be one of the lucky few that breezes through home ownership with a problem free septic system but this is generally not the “norm”.

Septic Systems need basic maintenance to keep them working properly as well as good household habits.

For the septic tank, maintenance means the periodic removal of accumulated sludge and scum, cleaning the effluent screen and inspecting the system to see that the baffles are sound and in place.  Septic systems need to be pumped every 3-5 years depending on the use.

For systems that utilize pumps, the homeowner should be reminded that pumps are mechanical, so the pump tank and pump should be regularly inspected to ensure solids are not entering the tank. Make sure the pump, electrical connections and floats are in good working order.  Pump tank should be pumped out and cleaned every 5 years to keep solids out of mechanical pump. It will last longer.

Distribution Box should be checked and pumped out when the septic tank is pumped.  This distribution box gives a good indication of the health of the leach field.  Leach fields are also part of the septic system and should be monitored.  They can become overly saturated and fail also.

Household use can have a big impact on your system.  Garbage disposals are not a good fit with a septic system and are better off being removed or used sparingly.  Water usage is important.  Spacing out washings, and dishwasher loads, fixing leaky faucets, and timed showers can all help prevent saturation in your leach field.

Being careful what goes down your drains and toilet and into the septic system can also preserve the life of your system.  Keep wipes, feminine products, and thick toilet paper out of your toilets and fats, grease, harsh chemical cleaners and bleach out of your drains and your septic system will thank you.

Septic Preservation Services has a great maintenance program to keep your septic system running smoothly.  They are the experts and can answer all your questions on household use and extending the life of your system.  Give them a call at  877-378-4279 or visit

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Septic System Design by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services are designing a Septic System for a client in Dighton, MA.  Our client is expanding upon their home adding additional bedrooms so needs to expand their Septic System to accommodate this extra usage. We can design a septic system that is tailored to your needs and requirements. If you need a septic system design, please do contact our office to discuss your requirements further.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Services in Massachusetts Next Week

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have a Septic Installation scheduled next week in Upton, MA.  Down to Earth Construction Services have the knowledge, equipment and experience to install your Septic System with minimum disruption, efficiently and correctly. If you require a Septic Installation to be done please contact our offices.

 Down to Earth Construction Services also have Title 5 Inspections scheduled next week in Bridgewater, Raynham, Middleboro, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, MA. If you are selling your home please contact Down to Earth Construction Services for your Title 5 Inspection. You will not be able to sell your home without a valid Title 5 Inspection. If you have any questions or need to arrange an appointment please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit


Happy Holidays from Down to Earth Construction Services

Holidays Down to Earth Construction Services would like to say Happy Holidays to all of our customers, associates and friends. We will be available 24 hours a day for emergency septic issues but the offices will be closed next week so our staff can enjoy the holidays with their families. If you have a septic emergency please do contact us at 508-622-5759 but otherwise we will be return in the New Year.

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Down to Earth Construction Schedules Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Blackstone, Franklin, Wrentham, Foxboro and Sharon, MA.  We have been referred by realtors to their clients because they are confident in the service that we provide. If you need to schedule a Septic Inspection please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic Preservation Services in Precast Inc. Magazine

Check  out this great article published in Precast Inc. Magazine

Chairman’s Choice: Shea Concrete Products

By Sara Geer

Editor’s Note: For our first-ever “Chairman’s Choice” feature, we are proud to highlight two projects selected by Greg Stratis, president of Shea Concrete Products and newly elected NPCA Chairman of the Board. “Chairman’s Choice” will be an annual feature of Precast Inc. magazine.

Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery – North Woodstock, N.H.

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Water is an essential ingredient for brewing beer – on average, it takes 296 gallons of water to make one gallon of beer (1). With the use of such a large volume of water comes an equally large volume of wastewater, and often the need for a system that can handle the extra wastewater intake.

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Photo courtesy of Stephen Chmieleski.

Such was the case with the Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery in North Woodstock, N.H. Thanks to a significant increase in size, the brewery now distributes products throughout the eastern United States, with future plans to deliver nationally. But the brewery’s expansion caused its wastewater output to double, inundating the Woodstock Wastewater Treatment plant. The town had to remove the extra waste via trucks and started charging the brewery about $8,000 a month for the associated fees. Desperate to find a solution, Scott Rice, brewery owner, contacted Septic Preservation Services. The company worked with Shea Concrete Products, headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., to design and manufacture a precast concrete wastewater treatment system to fix the problem.

A phenomenal solution

Jim Boucher, regional operations manager of Septic Preservation Services, said the company is often contacted to assist in emergency situations like this one.

“There are microbreweries popping up everywhere and many don’t take into account wastewater,” he said. “What happens is they start on a septic system, but in a short time kill it. It’s becoming a big part of our business.”

The company typically works with a local precaster to design a system that cleans up waste and establishes a particular waste strength level and pH level as designated by the city and state. For Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery, the solution was three 10,000-gallon precast tanks. The tanks store waste so bacteria can clean the water before it enters the wastewater treatment plant. According to Boucher, Shea Concrete helped design and build the custom tanks in a way that had never been done before.

“These tanks needed to be installed at different elevations, which is a very difficult thing to do and get done right,” he said. “But Shea Concrete Products was able to cast the outlet elevations within the tanks so we could excavate a flat, large hole and place these all at the same level.

“I’ve never seen it done this way before and it worked out phenomenally. I don’t think I’ll do this any other way now.”

Teamwork prevails

Jerry Mailloux, operations manager of Shea Concrete’s plant in Nottingham, N.H., said the design department had limited information at the start, but worked closely with Boucher and the contractor, Rex Caulder of Caulder Construction LLC, to make the final plans for the system.

Manufacturing the precast products took less than two weeks. The tanks are 10 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12 feet high. They consist of 15 different pieces that needed to be modified for the project requirements.

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Shea Concrete worked closely with Septic Preservation Services to develop a new approach for the design and installation of Woodstock Inn Station’s precast tanks. Photo courtesy of Stephen Chmieleski.

Caulder was an existing customer and knew Shea Concrete could deliver all products on time, preventing unnecessary costs such as having the crane on site for an extended period. The project was completed within a week between the brewery’s two busiest weekends – Labor Day and the start of the Highland Games at Loon Mountain Resort.

“Shea Concrete transported all the of the pieces to the site,” Mailloux said. “The crane was ready at 8 a.m. and the last truck left at 11:30 a.m. with the tanks fully assembled. The trucks were staged at a New Hampshire Department of Transportation wayside area and were dispatched to the site as one was unloaded.”

Caulder said Shea Concrete was a tremendous partner for the project.

“They were right there when they said they would be – no waiting,” he said. “Precast concrete is the way to go. It takes up less room than a fiberglass tank and is easy and accessible for inspection.”

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Sara Geer is NPCA’s internal communication and web manager, and is managing editor of Precast Inc.



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Down to Earth Construction Designs Septic Systems

septic repairsDown to Earth Construction Services can assist homeowners with a variety of septic system services including Septic Design. We are designing a septic system for a homeowner in Bellingham, MA.  We consulted with the owner to ensure that we designed a system that is tailored to their individual septic needs and requirements. If you require a septic design to be done please contact our office for more information on the service that we can provide.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit