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Dont Ignore The Signs Of A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However winter, storms and severe weather may result in property damage which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of a septic problem and hope it might go away. Signs of a septic problem can include:

All of the drains from the house are slow
There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
There is sewage seeping through the foundation
The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
There is sewage odor i n the yard at times or constantly
There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers who have contacted us when they have noticed indicators of a septic problem in East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Sharon, Stoughton and Attleboro MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Design For Both Commercial And Residential Properties

Down to Earth Construction Services are experienced working with both commercial and residential customers in this region. This is important because the septic system for a busy restaurant will necessarily be different to that for a small seasonal holiday cottage. Both of these customers septic systems will work on the same basic principles however. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified. The size and system itself will have variances however which will be specific to the requirements of our customer. These will vary depending on a variety of factors including the environment, the use of the system and budget of our client. Today we have a septic design meeting with a commercial customer whose property is located in North Attleboro MA. We have recently provided septic system designs for residential and commercial customers in Marshfield, Berlin and East Bridgewater MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic system designs or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs including a D-Box Replacement

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic repair scheduled today for a customer in East Bridgewater MA. We are replacing their Distribution Box (D-Box). A D-Box is exactly as it sounds its a box that moves, or distributes treated wastewater from your septic tank into your leach field or drain field. It must be level and installed correctly or your wastewater will not distribute evenly across your leach field and this can lead to over saturation and clogging which is not desirable. The d-box we are replacing was damaged when heavy equipment was mistakenly parked on top of it which broke and moved it. We have found that many property owners with septic systems while they know they have a septic tank sometimes forget that the leachfield and d-box are also essential parts of their septic system and must also be maintained. Here are a few simple tips to help you look after all parts of your septic system:

 

  • Minimize the use of the garbage disposal

  • Do not put grease down your drains

  • Spread loads of laundry out over time rather than doing multiple loads in a short period of time, and use liquid detergents rather than powdered detergents

  • Avoid excessively long showers

  • Avoid leaving tap water running when shaving, brushing teeth or doing other personal or household tasks

  • Do not flush medications, harmful chemicals, excessive amounts of bleach, harsh drain cleaners or degreasers

  • Have the septic tank pumped at least every three years

  • Do not add any septic systems cleaners, enzymes or additives

  • Remove water conditioning backwash discharges from the spetic system

  • Do not plant trees and shrubs over leach fields

  • Do not flush personal products, paper towels, wipes or diapers

  • Do not clean or rinse paint brushes in the sinks

  • Equip all hot tubs, spas, whirlpool baths, etcetera with drain limiting valves that will only allow five gallons per minute to drain from fixture

  • Do not drive vehicles over leach fields


We also have septic repairs scheduled in Stoughton, Canton, Marshfield and Norton MA and some of these repairs could have been avoided by following the above advice. If you have any questions about your septic system or if you need a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Title 5 Septic Inspections In East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Foxboro, Norton, Raynham and Attleboro

Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Foxboro, Norton, Raynham and Attleboro MA. In Massachusetts a septic inspection is required in the following instances:

  • Within 2 years before a sale. If weather conditions prevent inspection at the time of a sale, the inspection must take place within 6 months afterward.
  • When there is a proposed change to the facility which requires a building or occupancy permit.
  • Any change in the footprint of a building, to make sure that new building construction will not take place on top of any system components or on the system’s reserve area.
  • For large systems with a design flow of 10,000 to 15,000 gallons per day or more at full build-out, on the basin schedule shown in 310 CMR 15.301(6), and every five years thereafter.
  • Every 3 years for shared systems.
  • When the property is divided, or ownership of 2 or more properties is combined.
  • When MassDEP or the local Board of Health orders an inspection

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

Today we have Title 5 Inspections scheduled by property owners, both commercial and private who are selling their properties. We also have a septic inspection scheduled for a customer who has requested an inspection for a property that they are considering purchasing. Whatever the reason that you require a septic inspection please do contact us to schedule an appointment and if you have any questions about Title 5 Septic inspections we will be happy to answer them. You can contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Melting Snow Means That Title 5 Septic Inspections Resume

Down to Earth Construction Services are pleased that the majority of snow finally melted over the weekend. Although we can still carry out septic services in winter some tasks can’t be done when the ground is frozen and covered in over foot of snow. However we know that while winter can slow a lot of things down people still need to move house and if they have a septic system in Massachusetts they are required to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection done. Thankfully the regulations acknowledge that living in New England sometimes means that the weather will play a factor in planning so it is stated on the Massachusetts Government Website that”

“If weather conditions prevent an inspection before a sale, Title 5 allows the inspection to be done up to 6 months afterwards, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the need to complete the inspection.”

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled for customers in East Bridgewater, Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Mansfield and Norton MA. These inspections include ones that had to be rescheduled due to the severe snow we received a week ago.

If you require a septic inspection or have questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

After Assessing The Condition Of Your Septic System, We Can Present You With A Range Of Options To Correct Any Issues

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic system repairs scheduled for customers in East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Raynham, Taunton and Norton MA. We are able to attend to our clients septic repairs on short notice from our Norton office. Once we have assessed the condition of your septic system, we will present you with a range of options designed to correct any identified issues. These may include one or more of the following:

Replacement of damaged or missing baffle
Installation of effluent filter and service riser
Installation of pumping access riser and cover
Installation of curtain drains
Replacement of deteriorated components
Repair or replacement of damaged components including septic pump repair
Removal of accumulated solids in leach field piping
Removal of plant and tree roots in leach field piping
Installation and service of the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator
Diversion of water softener/conditioner backwash discharges
Detailed explanation of our Septic Use Guidelines

If you need a septic repair, have any questions about your septic system or have concerns that your system is not operating correctly please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Down To Earth Construction Services Are Available For Your Title 5 Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services know that as stated on the Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:

 

“a system shall be inspected at or within two years prior to the time of transfer of title to the facility served by the system.  An inspection conducted up to three years before the time of transfer may be used if the inspection report is accompanied by system pumping records demonstrating that the system has been pumped at least once a year during that time.  “

 

Because of this many of our Title 5 Septic Inspections are for property owners who are selling their home or commercial property and need to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection done. We do also have septic inspections scheduled for people who are buying a property and want to have their own inspection done prior to purchase of the property. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections in Upton, Uxbridge, Holliston, Sharon and East Bridgewater MA. Whatever the reason for your Title 5 Inspection do contact our office where we will be happy to schedule an appointment. You can contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

Experienced Diagnosing Septic System Problems and Repairing Them

Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced diagnosing problems and repairing septic systems and leach fields/ drainfields. We have been called in for a leach field repair in Acushnet MA which has been caused by irregular pumping of the septic system. A septic tank should be pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including water usage and tank size. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the leach field, where they will clog the drain lines and soil. The property owner called us concerned because they had liquid puddling on their leach field and sewage smells coming from the drainfield.

We also have other septic repairs today in Middleboro, Taunton, Freetown, Lakeville and East Bridgewater MA.

If you are concerned that you may need a septic system repair, leach field or drainfield repair, septic pump repair or d-box repair please do contact our Norton office to discuss your concerns and to make an appointment if necessary on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

 

 

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