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Leach Field Repair In Rochester MA Necessary

Down to Earth Construction Services know that in the beautiful New England Summer many people are out in their yards planting and gardening. Unfortunately when you are planting large shrubs or trees in your yard if you do so on your leach field you can unknowingly create a septic problem. The roots and sometimes weight of plants can actually damage your drain field which means that your septic system is no longer working correctly.  Septic systems do an amazing job of returning liquids to the soil for purification but the whole system needs to be functioning correctly for this to happen. When septic system failure occurs, the conditions they create are dangerous. These can include:

 

  • Hazardous sewage surfacing in yard

  • Health hazards to children and pets

  • Noxious odors over large areas

  • Polluted streams and ponds

  • Sewage back-up in buildings

  • Contaminated wells

  • Breeding areas for mosquitoes


Today we are at a customer’s home in Rochester, MA repairing their leach field which has been damaged when they planed an orchard over it last year. The roots combined with heavy machinery being parked on the drainfield during construction have both lead to the structural collapse of the leach field piping. A strong sewage odor and dampness over their yard was luckily a sign of a septic problem that the homeowners did not ignore. We can repair the damage so they do not have to worry about the consequences of an inoperative septic system. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Rochester, Seekonk, Fairhaven, Fall River and Mattapoisett MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do call us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Inspections From Realtor Referrals

Down to Earth Construction Services regularly provides septic inspections to customers for a variety of reasons but the most common is that they are selling or buying a property with a septic system. A lot of our business comes from word of mouth because we are fortunate to have an excellent reputation and the inspectors and technicians to backup that reputation. Many Realtors in our region have recommended our services to their clients and continue to do so because they are happy to work with us repeatedly and are confident in recommending our thorough, professional and timely services to their clients. Today we have septic inspections in Fairhaven, Marion, Swansea, Fall River, Acushnet and Westport MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Systems Are Easily Maintained With Septic Services

Down to Earth Construction Services know that if you have never owned a property with a septic system the unknown can be a bit daunting. However a septic system or ‘on-site sewage system’ is a pretty simple and not an uncommon way for a property to process its own waste. A typical septic system consists of a septic tank and a drainfield. All water runs out of your house from one main drainage pipe into a septic tank which is a buried, water-tight container usually made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. Its job is to hold the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle down to the bottom which forms a sludge, while the oil and grease floats to the top as scum. Compartments in the tank and a T-shaped outlet prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area. The liquid wastewater, or effluent, then exits the tank into the drainfield. Finally the wastewater percolates into the soil, naturally removing harmful bacteria, viruses, and nutrients. Many homes in New England have their own septic system and they are not all way out in the countryside. As more and more property has been built it has not all been connected upto town sewer so many homes that are in towns and cities have their own septic systems. If you are unsure about septic system maintenance or just don’t want to have to worry about it a good solution may be a septic service plan. Septic services are an ideal way for property owners to be totally confident that their septic system maintenance is being done without have to concern themselves about it. We maintain, check and monitor the septic system and notify our customer if we find anything that may be a problem in the future which can prevent small septic problems becoming large and expensive septic failures. Today we have septic services scheduled in Freetown, Seekonk, Swansea, Marion, Fairhaven and Fall River MA. If you wish to schedule a septic service or if you have any questions about septic services please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

When Do You Need A Title 5 Septic Inspection?

Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled for customers today in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Fall River, Marion and Freetown MA.

 

Massachusetts requires that you have a Title 5 Septic Inspection 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

 

A large portion of the inspections that we conduct are for property owners who are selling their property which has a septic system, either a commercial or residential. This is because most sellers have not bought their property in the last two years so do not have a current Title 5 Inspection for their property. The good news is that once it has been done it is valid for 2 years so once you have decided you are selling your property it is always a good idea to have the inspection done early in the sale process. You know it is likely that you will sell in two years so it will remain current and you will not have to worry about it causing delays later when you have sale deadlines. An inspection may highlight a problem and you will have time to fix it and once your property has passed its septic inspection that is another selling point. If you require a Title 5 Septic inspection, for any reason, or have questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com



Cesspool Maintenance Is Important To Ensure You Do Not Pollute Your Environment

Down to Earth Construction Services has cesspool maintenance appointments today in Mattapoisett, Marion, Fairhaven, Swansea, Fall River and Freetown MA. A cesspool is any pit or container that receives wastewater from a house or building. The term “cesspool” is usually used to refer to an open pit that is lined with rocks or concrete, but an underground tank or holding container that is not connected to a drainfield can also be defined as a cesspool. The main function of cesspools is the storage of wastewater. The use of cesspools may overload the capacity of the soil to remove bacteria, viruses, and phosphorus, and to nitrify ammonia and organic nitrogen compounds. Cesspools are only found servicing older properties because other more efficient means of waste treatment are now available. We provide cesspool services and repairs and have also provided cesspool replacement when required. We recently replaced a cesspool for a customer in Southborough MA because it was starting to pollute the local groundwater. Ongoing cesspool maintenance by having it serviced and having pumpouts is especially important because to sustain the integrity of the environment you need to ensure your cesspool is operating correctly and the surrounding area is not saturated. If you have any questions about cesspools or wish to schedule a cesspool service please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Repairs Including an Outlet Baffle and D-Box Repair

Down to Earth Construction Services have experience with all parts of a septic system and today have a septic repair scheduled which is specifically to repair an outlet baffle and D-Box for a customer in Mattapoisett. It is essential that all parts of a septic system are working correctly to ensure that the entire system is doing the job that it is supposed to including the septic tank, d-box, leach field and outlet baffle. A septic system that is failing is a large problem which 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 have a septic system you should be observant and if you notice signs that you have a septic problem you should not ignore them in the hope that the problem will fix itself. A septic problem if left will not get better and while you procrastinate it can become a much larger, more difficult and more expensive problem to fix. Signs that you could have a septic problem are:

 

  • sewage surfacing over the drainfield (especially after storms)

  • sewage back-ups in the house

  • lush, green growth over the drainfield

  • slow draining toilets or drains

  • sewage odors

 

Today we also have septic repair appointments for customers in Marion, Fall River, Fairhaven, Freetown and Acushnet MA. If you think that you may have a septic problem or have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic Inspections For Property Sales And Property Renovations

Down to Earth Construction Services has hundreds of septic inspections scheduled each year, often with property owners who have a septic system and need their system to be inspected before they can proceed with the sale of that property. However we do have inspections scheduled for other reasons. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Fall River, Acushnet and Swansea MA and one of those is not for a client who is selling their property. Instead they have been renovating their property and require an inspection because their extensive renovations require a building permit. As explained on the Mas Gov Website:

 

‘These situations require a system inspection only if the modification requires a building permit or occupancy permit. For example:

  • adding a bedroom to a house

  • adding seats to a restaurant

  • changing the type of business operating at a commercial location.

Check with your Building Department or Board of Health to find out if your modification meets these requirements.

 

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. Check with your local Board of Health.’

 

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

 

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems, Title 5 or Septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


All Clear

Septic Riser Installed in Acushnet MA

All ClearDown to Earth Construction Services are assisting a customer in Acushnet MA today with septic system improvements. We are installing a riser to their septic system. When your septic system is more accessible, it is also much safer and more attractive. Once installed our strong, durable risers and system covers provide property owners with easy access to their septic system for future repairs, upgrades or cleaning services, eliminating the need to dig and excavate the system each time it needs to be pumped. Another septic improvement that we can provide to our customers is to install an effluent filter in the outlet tee of their septic tank which will extend the life of their system. Due to the high cost associated with replacing a septic system seemingly small upgrades to your system can be financially beneficial. We also have septic repairs for customers today in Fall River, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett MA. Keeping up with your septic system maintenance and repairs is always a good idea because if you neglect your septic system a small problem can quickly become a much larger and more expensive problem to fix so it is never a good idea to procrastinate. If you would be interested in septic improvements, if you require a septic repair or if you simply have septic questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Distribution Box (D-Box) Replacement and Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Construction Services are replacing a D-Box for a customer today in Freetown, MA. A septic distribution box  (D-Box) is a container used to receive septic system effluent from a septic tank and to re-distribute the effluent into a network of attached drainfield or soakaway bed absorption trenches and pipes. The distribution box works by gravity, flowing effluent into the drainfield (or leach field) piping network. It must be installed correctly to ensure that it  distributes evenly. You must also maintain your septic system and the best way to do this is to have your system regularly pumped and to use your septic system correctly. The following are some steps that you can take to ensure that you maintain 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 septic 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 for customers today in Acushnet, Fall River, Fairhaven and Lakeville MA. Many of these repairs could have been avoided if the property owners had followed some of the above advice. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Keep Track Of Your Water Usage To Help Prevent Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services has many years of experience working in the septic industry in this region. This means that we can use our accumulated knowledge and the skills that we have developed to repair septic problems that our customers have. What is sometimes even more important is that we can locate the cause of the septic problem and this sometimes means that we have to educate septic system owners in the best way to use their system to prevent problems happening in the future. For example today we have been to a customer property in Acushnet MA and the mistake that they were making is that they were putting too much water into their system. The decomposition process can become strained if there is too much excess water in the system, resulting in a variety of problems. Ideally, septic owners should only be using a maximum of 50 gallons of water per day, per person. The following averages for common household activities can help you keep track:

Dishwasher Cycle – 7 gallons
Washing Machine – 40 gallons per load (less with front-loader machines)
Toilet – 2 gallons per flush, 1.6 gallons for newer standard toilets
Shower – 2.5 gallons per minute (a 10 minute shower = 25 gallons)

It can be difficult to stay on top of usage, particularly for large families, but laying down some basic guidelines can help everyone to work together. New environmentally-friendly appliances, toilets and shower heads can help reduce usage without a lot of extra effort. Trying to spread laundry loads out over a week rather than doing it all on one day helps and not running many water using appliances all at once. A water meter can be helpful for households that feed off of a well. The government website http://www.energystar.gov also has a lot of helpful ideas and tips for reducing water usage. It is always a good idea to remember that a septic system is installed based upon the number of people that are anticipated to be using it. If your base number increases, you might need to upgrade to a larger system. We have other septic repairs scheduled today in Marion, Mattapoisett, Fall River and Fairhaven MA. If you have questions about your septic system or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

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