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Look After Your Septic System Bacteria Or You May Require A Septic Repair

Down to Earth Construction Services have found that many property owners, even those with septic systems, are not aware that for your septic system to work properly there needs to be a balance of bacteria which help breakdown waste so it can be processed. It is important to not disrupt this balance because then your septic system will not operate correctly. Important things to remember are:

  • Drain Openers – DO NOT use harsh chemical drain openers if you experience a clogged drain. Septic system owners should use an alternative solution: a 1:1:1 ratio of salt, baking soda and vinegar. Follow this solution with boiling water or use a drain snake to clear out the clogs. The chemicals that are used in today’s store-bought drain cleaners can cause serious problems within your septic system.
  • Cleaning Supplies – Chemicals can be damaging to your system as well. Instead of harsh cleansers, choose mild or natural cleaning supplies for your kitchen and bathrooms. Look for supplies that are “septic-safe” or that are marketed as being bio-degradable. These products will be approved for use in septic systems.
  • Antibacterial soaps and bleach – These can actually inhibit the enzymatic action that is required for the bacterial breakdown of solids within your septic tank. Add a laundry filter to your washing machine and use natural cleaning supplies whenever possible. If you have a water softener installed in your home, make sure that the salt recharge solution is redirected out of the septic tank.

We regularly attend septic repairs for customers who could have avoided a septic breakdown by following the above advice. Today we have septic repair appointments in Fall River, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Marion MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic System Services To Prevent An Unexpected Septic Breakdown

Down to Earth Construction Services know from many years experience within the septic industry that if you have your septic system serviced on a regular basis you are helping ensure that you will not have an unexpected septic breakdown. This is especially important for our commercial customers with restaurants because a problem with their septic system can have large repercussions to their business. You will also be increasing the longevity of your septic system which will be an expensive item to replace if it fails. We service our septic system clients on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending to the septic system and usage. For example a restaurant will require more frequent services that a customer with a summer cottage on that is only used seasonally. Today we have septic system services including Singulair Service, FAST Service and Sand Filter Service in Mattapoisett, Fall River, Swansea, Marion and Fairhaven MA. If you are interested in septic services or have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Inspections and Voluntary Septic Assessments Carried Out Today

Down to Earth Construction Services’ licensed septic inspectors have been carrying out thorough and reliable septic system inspections in Massachusetts for over 25 years. As stated by the Mass Gov Website Title 5 Septic Inspections are required:

 

  • 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.

 

The majority of our inspections are for a property transfer, often scheduled by the seller but sometimes we provide an inspection for the buyer of a home with a septic system. Today we have septic system inspections scheduled in Seekonk, Fairhaven, Rehoboth, Fall River and Lakeville MA and most are for property transfers but one is for a voluntary septic assessment. Mass Gov States that

 

“A system owner may choose voluntarily to have an assessment of the condition of the system even if there is no requirement for an inspection. Results of these voluntary assessments are solely for the use of the owner, and do not need to be submitted to local Boards of Health or MassDEP.”

 

Property owners are likely to schedule a voluntary assessment of their septic system because the want to know its condition and see if maintenance or repairs are required. This is important because failing systems can:

 

  • cause a serious health threat to your family and neighbors,

  • degrade the environment, especially lakes, streams and groundwater,

  • reduce the value of your property,

  • be very expensive to repair,

  • and put thousands of water supply users at risk if you live in a public water supply watershed and fail to maintain your system


If you need to schedule a septic system inspection, for any reason, or if you have questions about septic inspections please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Engineering Services Provided To Massachusetts Customers

Down to Earth Construction Services provides septic engineering services to our clients when requested. Our trained experts can assist with all your septic engineering needs. We can provide services to improve or repair your property such as soil evaluations, land use planning, PERC Testing, flow testing services and construction layouts for large or small commercial developments. We can also provide septic designs and because we understand the details of septic requirements for Massachusetts we will work with you and local code enforcement to ensure the design of your new or upgraded septic system will meet all required local laws and code.

We are doing a PERC (percolation) test today for a customer in Rochester MA. A perc test, or percolation test, is a soil test that is performed before installing a septic system tank. The perc test is extremely important because it measures the level of liquid absorption of the soil where the proposed septic tank will be located. It determines how quickly the material from the septic system will be absorbed into the soil. We also have a septic system flow test scheduled in Fall River MA. We have recently also provided septic engineering services to other clients in Bolton, Fairhaven and Rehoboth MA. If you would be interested in these services or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Repair in Norton MA

All Clear SepticDown to Earth Construction Services know more than anyone would ever usually wish to know about septic systems and the waste that goes into them. Today we are at a customer location in Norton MA providing a septic repair because the waste that they have introduced to their septic system has actually harmed it. Most people would not know that a septic system is more than just a tank for waste. They are a balanced system that uses bacteria to reduce sludge and sulfite buildup. Our client had been using a strong household cleaners that has upset this balance and lead to septic drain field problems. It is always a good idea to make sure that if you wish to use strong cleaners that they are labeled ‘septic safe’. There are are also homemade cleaners that can be very effective and not damage your septic system. Baking soda mixed with other all natural ingredients can be used as an environmentally safe and natural cleaner for your toilet, sinks, tub, and drains. Using baking soda instead of harsh chemical cleaners such as bleach will keep all that important bacteria from being killed off. The good bacteria in your septic system is necessary because it breaks down all the waste that comes through the pipes. Without the good bacteria you will end up with clogs, back-ups and odors that wear away at your septic tank and eventually cause a septic system emergency.

Using baking soda is very easy. You can mix about a 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons lemon to make your own natural cleaning agent. The baking soda will fizz up to help get the dirt and grime in your tub and drains.

We have other septic repair appointments scheduled today in Acushnet, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett and Marion MA. If you think you have a septic problem and may require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic repairs please do contact us on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Drain Field Septic Repair Necessary In Rochester Due To Roots

Down to Earth Construction Services have expertise in many areas so that we can bring our customers the best possible septic services. For example we need landscaping and plant knowledge because septic systems, very often, are located in a customers yard with the landscaping and planting one would expect. However it is this landscaping that can cause problems. For example trees often have root systems that go far beyond what a homeowner expected when they first planted a tree seedling. Roots can infiltrate a septic drain field and really cause a lot of trouble. Roots even tend to grow toward drain fields because it is their job to find water for the tree. Today we are providing a drain field septic repair for a customer in Rochester MA whose tree roots have caused damage to the piping that is necessary for their leach field to work correctly. It is really advisable to only have grass growing on your leach field and not plant large bushes or trees on it to prevent these sorts or septic repairs being necessary. We also have other septic repair appointments in Mattapoisett, Marion, Fairhaven and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

A Failing Leach Field Can Be Restored By the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator

Down to Earth Construction Services were approached by a property owner in Norton, MA who needed a solution for their failing leach field. We will restore the function of their leach field or drain field with the White Knight system.

In nature, oxygen-using (aerobic) bacteria in the soil consume non-living organic material. This is the process nature uses to “recycle” wastes. We install the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator in the septic tank to create an oxygen rich environment and cultivate an extensive colony of these same soil bacteria.

The result is nearly complete consumption of the organic materials entering the septic tank. At the same time, the bacteria are carried into the leach field where they consume the organic material that has accumulated in the underlying soil. The leach field regains and/or maintains its capacity to deliver effluent to the soil for purification.

The White Knight™ advantage includes:

  • An installation costs thousands of dollars less than that of a replacement leach field
  • Minimal disruption to existing landscape
  • Protection of the environment
  • Significantly longer tank pumping interval
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • 100% component and limited lifetime performance warranty

We have successfully used this system throughout the region to restore leach fields from Wayland to Upton to Fairhaven and Marshfield MA.

The White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator can be used to:

  • Improve the function of a marginally operating drain field
  • Restore the function of a totally failing leach field
  • Improve the quality of effluent returning to the soil and ground water
  • Reduce the amount of nitrate moving into the environment
  • Reduce the size of a leach field required for new building construction
  • Expand the size of existing structures without expanding the leach field

If you want to have a White Knight Septic Installation or have questions please do contact our Norton, MA office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Services Can Take The Worry From Septic System Maintenance

Down to Earth Construction Services know that many people who own a vehicle will schedule a service for their car when the service indicators come on or carry out their car maintenance themselves. As car owners we accept that maintaining our car is going to cost money but we use our vehicles daily so they need to be well maintained. The same is true for your septic system. There aren’t many properties that do not see their septic systems used daily. However a septic system is not the same as your car and many property owners turn to professionals, like Down to Earth Construction Services, to take care of their septic services. We have commercial and residential customers who rely upon us to take care of their septic systems so they do not need to worry about them. This is especially true for commercial customers who lose revenue when their septic system is not working. We will schedule septic services for our customers on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on their septic system and the usage it gets. For example a busy restaurant that is open year round will need a service more frequently than a cafe that is only open in the summer ‘season’. Today we have septic services scheduled in Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Acushnet, Freetown and Fairhaven MA. If you would be interested in scheduling a septic service or if you have any questions about septic systems or our septic services please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic Installation in Acushnet MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic installation starting today in Acushnet MA. We have been working with septic systems and installing different types of septic systems in this industry for over 25 years. Of course this is beneficial to our clients because customers have different types of septic system installed for a variety of reasons including price, environmental concerns and limitations, town and state requirements and efficiency and we have experience installing many of these systems. It is always advisable to use a company who has experience installing not just septic systems but the specific type of system you require because that will help prevent delays and expenses created by a system being installed incorrectly. We have recently installed septic systems for customers in Southborough, Fairhaven and Upton MA. If you have questions about septic system installation or septic systems generally please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Safety Is A Priority For Down To Earth Construction Services When Providing Our Septic Services

Down to Earth Construction Services are committed to both the safety of our technicians and customers. We therefore hold monthly safety meetings with our safety manager and our technicians to discuss safety concerns and questions. We also cover any accidents or near misses and how to prevent future issues. We discuss the equipment that is being ordered including warning tape and safety glasses and training that has been completed including orientation safety training and confined space training. We also always have an in depth safety topic to discuss which this month was driving which is especially pertinent at this time of year with school buses being back on the road, children walking and cycling to school and people rushing to get children to school on time. We covered pedestrian safety, school bus safety and reiterated company driving policies. Our technicians are on the road daily going from one job site to another often early in the morning or finishing late, in unfamiliar locations and in residential neighbourhoods so we want to ensure that they, and our customers, are safe. Today we have technicians providing septic services throughout the region from Clinton to Marshfield and Wayland to Fairhaven. They provide essential septic repairs, septic services, septic inspections and septic installations to our customers so we want them to arrive in a safe and timely manner. If you require any septic services or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact us at our Norton office where we are always happy to provide assistance on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


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