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Cesspool Services Ensure That Your Cesspool Continues To Operate Correctly

Down to Earth Construction Services work with many customers that don’t have conventional septic systems on their property but instead have a cesspool. As stated on the Mass Gov website:

“A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. 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. A conventional septic system has a tank where solids can settle and begin to degrade, a distribution box, and a soil absorption system (SAS) that further treats the effluent by removing some of the bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen.”

Although cesspool are now not installed because there are more efficient and environmentally conscious alternatives Massachusetts does not always require cesspools to be replaced. They state that:

“Only those cesspools that exhibit signs of hydraulic failure, are located extremely close to private or public water supplies, or otherwise fail to protect or pose a threat to public health, safety or the environment will need to be upgraded (310 CMR 15.303). Also, cesspools must be upgraded prior to an increase in design flow (e.g., the addition of a bedroom to a home or seats to a restaurant).”

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq

We provide cesspool services to customers so that they can ensure that their system continues to operate correctly. Today we have cesspool services scheduled in Foxboro, Franklin, Sharon, Mansfield, Wrentham and Norton MA. We do also provide cesspool replacements and have recently done so recently in Southborough and Bellingham MA. If you require a cesspool service or are interested a in cesspool replacement or if you have any questions about cesspools or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Installation in Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services were contacted by a property owner earlier this year in Attleboro MA who needed a septic system design for their home because they were replacing an old cesspool. They were happy with the design that we provided and we are now starting the septic system installation for the same project. We have the equipment and experience for a large septic installation from the initial excavation onwards. We have the machine operators and excavators so we do not need to bring in subcontractors. Therefore we can keep your costs down and ensure that the work is all done to our own high standards. With a septic system installation you want to be sure that the work is all done as planned to prevent any problems later on with either town BOH or operation. We have extensive experience installing septic systems having recently work on installations in Foxboro, Marshfield and Wayland MA. If you require a septic system design or septic installation or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Make The Title 5 Inspection The Easy Part Of Selling Your Home

Down to Earth Construction Services know that when it is time to sell your house that you suddenly have an awful lot if things to organise. You might have decorating or DIY jobs to finish, you will probably need to ‘declutter’, you’ll need to find a realtor and these are just the first things you will need to action. The further along you get in the process the more you will have to do, especially if you are also buying a home too. One more thing that you will probably need to organise, if you home is serviced by a septic system, is your Title 5 Inspection. In Massachusetts it is required that a septic inspection happens:

 

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


So unless you bought your property within the last two years it is unlikely that you will have a current Title 5 Septic Inspection. However the good news is that once you have your inspection done it will last for two years. Therefore it is something that you can have done as soon as you decide to sell and is likely to remain valid until your sale goes through. This means that you can get at least this item checked off you sale ‘todo list’ nice and early. Once it is done you don’t need to be concerned that it will hold up a sale later on and it is a great selling point for potential buyers. If buyers are looking at your home, especially if they have not had a property with its own septic system before, knowing that it has passed an inspection can alleviate any concerns and ensure that it is not a negative point for a buyer. Today we have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled for people selling their homes and also for one couple who are buying a home in Wrentham, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxboro, Uxbridge and Plainville MA. If you require a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Voluntary Septic Assessment Carried out Today in Norton MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic Inspections scheduled today in Bridgewater, Mansfield, Sharon, Franklin and Foxboro MA. If you have a septic system it is required in Massachusetts that you have your septic inspected:

 

  • 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

 

Most of the inspections that we carry out for property owners are for people who are selling their property and need their septic to be inspected before Title transfer can take place. However what some people do not realize is that we also carry out voluntary septic assessments. Property owners can hire a licensed inspector to perform Confidential Voluntary Septic Assessments of their septic systems. These inspections are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are NOT reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner. Once the inspection is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by Down to Earth Construction Services are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.

 

In addition to the above inspections we also have a voluntary septic assessment scheduled for a customer today in Norton MA.

 

If you require a septic inspection or voluntary septic assessment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com where we will be happy to help you.


Septic Services Enable Our Clients To Not Worry About Their Septic

Down to Earth Construction Services knows that the words septic, sewer, sewage and effluent are not ones that most people use in day to day life and are they generally quite happy that this is the case. However at Down to Earth Construction Services we regularly discuss, at length, septic systems, sewage and effluent treatment because these are the words of our trade and we are proud of the work that we do. We enable homeowners to forget about their septic system and even though they use it everyday they don’t need to talk about it on a daily basis. Fortunately your septic system is not likely to require frequent maintenance as long as you are using it correctly. However for some property owners they like the peace of mind knowing that their system is being maintained but they would also prefer to not to have to do it themselves or take the time and expense of hiring a septic company everytime their system requires maintenance. This can be especially true for commercial property owners who have a septic system because a poorly operating septic system or one that breaks down or requires repair will cost money to fix and result in lost revenue while the system is not operational. This is why we have many clients on septic service plans which takes away the need to concern themselves about septic system maintenance and provides confidence that they are doing as much as possible to prevent future septic problems. We will service your septic system, usually on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. The property owner will not even generally need to be present for the service so we can monitor and maintain a septic system with minimal disruption to our client. Today we have septic services scheduled for commercial and residential customers in Plainville, Wrentham, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield and Blackstone MA. If you would be interested in septic services or if you have any questions about services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Installation in Rehoboth MA

Down to Earth Construction Services were contacted by a property owner over the winter in Rehoboth who needed a septic system design for their home because they were replacing an old cesspool. They were happy with the design that we provided and we are now starting the septic installation for the same project. We have the equipment and experience for a large septic installation from the initial excavation onwards. We have the machine operators and excavators so we do not need to bring in subcontractors. Therefore we can keep your costs down and ensure that the work is all done to our own high standards. With a septic system installation you want to be sure that the work is all done as planned to prevent any problems later on with either town BOH or operation. We have extensive experience installing septic systems having recently work on installations in Foxboro, Marshfield and Wayland MA. If you require a septic system design or septic system installation or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Safety Is Not Left To Luck At Down To Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Construction Services is wishing for good luck and good fortune on this Friday 13th! Luckily there is not much call for walking under ladders or dealing with black cats in our business but we do not leave the safety of our technicians or clients to ‘luck’. We have monthly safety meetings and regular training, checks and unannounced safety audits by our safety manager to ensure that we remain safe and importantly our customers are safe too. Our septic expertise covers southern Massachusetts and make sure that we are safe and comply with regulations in all of the towns we work within. Today we have septic inspectors in Holliston, Bellingham, Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin and Plainville MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Inspections and Voluntary Septic Assessments

Down to Earth Construction Services conducts hundreds of septic inspections each year for property owners who are selling their home or business and are on town sewer. This is because in the state of Massachusetts a septic inspection is 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”

 

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

 

However not all inspections that we carryout are for people who are selling a property. We have a voluntary assessment today for a property owner in Mansfield MA who wants to have a greater understanding of the condition of their septic system. As specified on the Mass Gov website:

 

“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.”


We also have septic inspections today in Norton, Taunton, Stoughton, Sharon and Foxboro MA. If you require a septic inspection, for any reason, or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact us at our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Thorough Septic Inspections Using State Of The Art Equipment

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic inspections scheduled today in Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin, Plainville, North Attleboro, Bellingham and Upton MA.Our septic inspections are very thorough and are conducted using state of the art color sewer camera equipment. Not only do we inspect the septic system, we also educate you about the proper care and use of the system. We will check the following conditions:

 

  • Condition of septic tank

  • Effluent level in tank

  • Need for pumping

  • Condition of tank baffles

  • Condition of effluent lift pump (non-gravity systems)

  • Condition of effluent pump chamber

  • Condition of pipe from tank to field

  • Condition of the distribution box

  • Soil clogging in drainfield

  • Tree or plant root intrusion

  • Accumulation of solds in leach field

 

We will check for the following symptoms of a failing septic system:

 

  • Slow draining pipes from house

  • Persistent wet areas over the drainfield

  • Sewage surfacing in the area of the septic tank of the D-box

  • Sewage seeping through the foundation

  • Elevated liquid level in drainfield

  • Vegetation over leach field being greener or more lush than rest of yard

  • Sewage odor in yard

  • Effluent flowing back from leach field to septic tank

 

We will provide you with guidelines to help you maximize the life of the septic system.

 

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


A Septic Alarm Will Let You Know When You Have A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services provide improvements to customers’ septic systems in addition to septic repairs. Today we are installing a septic alarm for a customer in Mansfield MA who wants to ensure that they know if their septic system is not operating as it should. A septic alarm will notify the customer when a septic pump out is required in addition to if there are other problems with their septic system. Often acting quickly if you do have a septic problem will keep a small septic issue from becoming a very large and expensive repair. We have other septic system repair and improvement appointments today in Sharon, Foxboro and Stoughton MA. If you wish to make an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Title 5 Septic Inspections

Title 5 Septic Inspections in Hingham, Holliston, Millis, Canton, Sharon, Foxboro, and Stoughton