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Septic System Repairs

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic System Repairs scheduled in Dighton, Raynham, Bridgewater and Middleboro today. Unfortunately Septic Systems are subject to wear like any other system and require repairs and maintenance. However it is sometimes possible to avoid repairs by considering what you are putting into your Septic System. It is advisable to never put oils, fats or grease down your sink. Similarly feminine hygiene products, dead fish, clothing and ‘flushable’ wipes are all items that our engineers have removed from Septic Systems that can cause damage and avoidable septic repairs. Try to follow these basic common sense suggestions to avoid septic system repairs, but if you think your septic system does need a repair please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearth.com

Christmas

All Natural Christmas Gifts

ChristmasToxic cleaners and harsh chemicals are all around us.  They can cause havoc with your septic system.  Your septic system relies on natural microorganisms to break down the effluent which flows into your septic tank.  Harsh chemicals found in many cleaners such as bleach can kill some of these naturally occurring organisms.  What’s a better solution?  You can make your own household cleaners out of natural ingredients you can find in your home.

You can make your own drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, counter spray, etc. out of natural and gentle ingredients which are better for your environment as well as family  and child friendly.   At this time of year, they also make great Christmas gifts, especially when decorative bottles and containers are used.

Here are some great recipes to try:

All Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional)

Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors.

Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.

Creamy Soft Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup to 2/3 cup liquid castile soap*
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
  • 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)

Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years. Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent.

Suggested uses: Use this creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.

Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soap flakes
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 tbsp. oxygen bleach (optional for extra whitening power)

Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water

For soft water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup baking soda. For hard water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup baking soda.

Note: This recipe can be safely used in HE washers..

Tips: Add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak your dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with 1/2 cup 3% peroxide. Launder as usual.

Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 20-30 drops lemon essential oil

Shake well before using (2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator).

Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.

Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste. To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients:

Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.

Tip: Let ingredients soak for a while to make for easy scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings.

Drain Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1/2cup salt

Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Tip: Prevent your shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.

These recipes can be found on womensvoices.org

Septic Preservation Services is available to answer all your questions on your septic system and what you should or should not put in it.  Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Down to Earth Construction Services in Rochester

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have a Septic System Installation this week in Rochester, MA. We also did the Septic System design for the customer, designing for them an efficient, environmentally responsible and tailored Septic System. We have the expertise, experience and equipment to carry out Septic System design and installation for our customers. If you need a new Septic System or wish to discuss the possibility of a new septic system please contact our office at508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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When Do You Need a Title 5 Inspection

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Inspections scheduled in Norton, Seekonk, Taunton and Rehoboth, MA today. One Title 5 Inspection is scheduled for a customer who has expanded the size of their home adding 2 bedrooms. As per the Mass Gov website:

“A system must be inspected upon any change of use or increase in design flow, BUT ONLY IF the change or expansion also requires a building permit or occupancy permit from the local building inspector. Examples include adding a bedroom to a house, adding seats to a restaurant, or changing the type of business operating at a commercial location. Check with the Building Department and/or Board of Health to find out if your situation requires a building or occupancy permit which will trigger a system inspection.

Any change in the footprint of a building also requires an inspection to determine the location of the system, to ensure that construction will not be located on top of any system components or on the reserve area. If official records are available to determine the location of the system components, this requirement may be waived. Check with your local Board of Health.”

If you are unsure whether you need a Title 5 Inspection either check with the Building Department and/or Board of Health or contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Title 5 Inspections Scheduled Today

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin, and Sharon, MA. If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection because you are selling your home or commercial property please contact our office. We can arrange an appointment quickly and conveniently for you to ensure that you do not have any delays to your selling process, waiting for an inspection to be done.

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Smooth and Efficient Title 5 Inspection

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Inspections scheduled today in Rochester, Freetown and Lakeville, MA. We have experience working with towns in this region so can ensure that your Title 5 Inspection process is quick and smooth. We understand that any delay in an Inspection can have consequences, particularly for sales, so we work with our customers to ensure that we can schedule appointments that are prompt and convenient. If you need to schedule an appointment please contact our offices at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Down to Earth Construction Available on Short Notice

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services are available on short notice for Septic System Repairs. We are carrying out Septic System Repairs for a customer in Dighton MA today who needed repairs on short notice. We have the experience and equipment to quickly determine what repair is required and then to carry-out the repair expertly and efficiently with minimum disruption. If you need repairs on your septic system, it is not advisable to put these off because delays can lead to more costly and problematic repairs in the future. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Christmas and Your Septic System

Christmas

Christmas can be tough on your septic system.  There are the Christmas guests who come to stay.   Guests bring extra water usage. Laundry increases as well as showers and bathing.   The dishwasher is always running with all the extra dishes from the great, festive meals and goodies that Christmas brings.

Here are some tips to keep your septic system running smoothly and avoid overuse and costly repairs.

  • Be extra careful with water use during the winter months, shorter showers, smaller baths, etc.  Ask your guests to conserve water and keep showers to a minimum.
  • Fix any dripping taps and leaking toilet valves before winter.
  • Check  that no roof water or surface water (manhole covers should be higher than any puddles) enters the system.
  • Buy a set of draining rods before the holidays or put them on your Christmas ‘wish list’. They are invaluable to anyone with a private drainage system and can save you a fortune when drains are blocked.
  • Fill a plastic bottle with water and put it in the toilet tank.  Make sure it doesn’t interfere with the flushing mechanism.   This will reduce the volume of water per flush.
  • Have your septic tank pumped just before the visitors arrive. This gives the soakaway a breathing space to drain away completely.
  • Spread the washing out, using FULL loads, over a period of days.  Saving all the laundry for washing day is not a good plan.
  • Look at the labels. Only choose eco-friendly cleaning products. Avoid antibacterial soap and detergents.  It can kill the good bacteria in your system.
  • Try  hand washing  the greasy items  in a bowl and throwing the water on the garden. It won’t harm your plants.
  • Use air fresheners in the bathroom.
  • If you do get a fat blockage in the drains, DO NOT use harsh drain cleaning products as they are harmful to your septic tank.   Or better yet, use homemade recipes made from natural ingredients.   Try using draining rods instead or call in the professionals at All Clear Septic and Wastewater Services.
  • Prevention is the key to having a great holiday season.  Be prepared and you can spend the holidays enjoying your family and friends and the magic of the season.  Let Septic Preservation Services take the worry out of your holidays.
  • You can reach us at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com
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Septic System Installation and Design

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have the equipment and expertise to do Septic System Installation and Design for both private and commercial customers. We have experience doing Septic System Installations throughout the region including recently North Attleboro, Taunton, Blackstone and Seekonk, MA. If you need to install a Septic System or design a new Septic System call our offices for further information at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Down to Earth Construction Schedule Septic Inspections

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Berlin, Marlborough and Wrentham MA. If your Septic System requires an Inspection please contact our offices to schedule your appointment at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com