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Septic Inspections Aren’t Always Done Because A Property Is Being Sold

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 North Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Foxboro and Mansfield 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 Mass 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.’

 

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 Down to Earth Construction Services

Cesspool Services Provided To Customers in Wayland and Surrounding Towns

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing cesspool services today to customers in Wayland, Foxboro, Wrentham, Mansfield and Sharon MA. As stated on Mas Gov:

“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.”

To sell a property you need a Title 5 Inspection to be done. Title 5 does not require that cesspools be replaced however:

“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”.

We have also provided many cesspool replacements so if you are not on town sewer and have a cesspool which you are concerned may need replacing or simply needs servicing please contact our office to answer your questions or schedule an appointment on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Do You Know Why A D-Box Is An Essential Part Of Your Septic System?

Down to Earth Construction Services know that most people would not know what all the parts of a septic system are let alone what they do, even if they have a septic system servicing their own property. And that is perfectly normal, especially if you have a company such as Down to Earth Construction Services to rely upon to give you septic support when you need it. Today we have a D-Box replacement scheduled for a customer in East Bridgewater MA. This is an essential septic repair because your D-Box is a very important part of your septic system. The D-Box is not there to support an A, B and C Box as we have been asked before. D-Box stands for ‘Distribution Box’ and does exactly what you might expect. The distribution box is a component of the leach field system. The job of the distribution box is to evenly distribute the wastewater into the leach field (also known as the drain field). How does the septic distribution box work? Gravity plays a major role in helping the distribution box do its job or if that is not possible a septic pump is used. The water flows downhill where the distribution box is placed. This allows the water to flow into the box from the septic tank and then onto the leach field. Once the wastewater flows out of the septic tank it will move into the septic distribution box and out to the leach field lines. The size and shape of the box depends on the type of septic tank you have. A distribution box is most commonly made out of concrete or plastic and has several openings for the leach field lines where the wastewater can flow out. The distribution box is a major part of the septic system and it being able to function properly is very important. If the distribution box isn’t working correctly you will soon be dealing with leach field failure. Distribution boxes are most often worn down by time due to weather, like flooding and freezing, and improper care of the septic system. We will be able to provide a D-box replacement for our client before it caused any lasting damage to their leach field. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Mansfield, Stoughton, Canton, Sharon and Foxboro MA. If you require a D-Box replacement or septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/


Septic Inspections From Referrals and Repeat Customers

Down to Earth Construction Services know that if you own a property in Massachusetts with a septic system or cesspool and plan to put it up for sale, add a bedroom, or change its use, you will need to get a system inspection. We provide septic inspections to customers throughout the region and have been doing so for over 25 years. Much of our business comes from referrals or repeat customers because we have an excellent reputation and people are happy to use us repeatedly or recommend our septic services to their family, friends and neighbors. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Norton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Foxboro, Sharon and Taunton, MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Be Confident With Your Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Construction Services has over 25 years experience in the septic industry in this region. That is extremely important because septic rules and regulations not only vary state to state but also town to town. You want to be confident that you are using a septic company that knows and follows the requirements for your town or you may have unexpected costs and delays. Clearly septic knowledge of many types of septic system and many years of experience working with those septic systems is also beneficial particularly if you have a septic problem that you need to be located and then repaired. When you call Down to Earth Construction Services out for a septic repair will will initially assess the condition of your septic system and then we will endeavour to 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
  • 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

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Foxboro, Sharon, Uxbridge, Upton, Franklin and Wrentham MA. If you require a septic repair or are concerned that your septic system may have a problem please do contact our Norton office and talk to our knowledgeable staff on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

The Property Owner is Responsible for Arranging Their Title 5 Septic Inspection When Selling

Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspection appointments scheduled today in Holliston, Canton, Sharon, Foxboro, and Stoughton MA. When you have a Title 5 septic inspection this is what is included:

 

  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field);

  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied;

  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment;

  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available;

  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information;

  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup; and

  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure.

 

We have found that many property owners who have scheduled an septic inspection do not know what it will entail because they have not needed to have one done before. Generally it is the seller of a property that is responsible to carrying out the septic inspection so unless you have previously owned and sold a property with a septic system you may not have previously needed to scheduled one.  This is made clear on the Mass Gov Website:

 

“The property owner or operator is responsible for arranging the inspection. The buyer and seller may change the responsibility for arranging the inspection prior to title transfer, provided that this change is put in writing and that the inspection still occurs within the specified timeframes.” 


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

Septic Design For A Commercial Property in Attleboro

Down to Earth Construction Services have qualified and experienced septic system engineers who can provide you with a septic design, either to improve or expand upon an existing septic system or to design an entirely new septic system either to replace a failed septic system or for a new build. Today we have a septic design meeting with a commercial property owner in Attleboro, MA who needs specific septic system design for that property. We have extensive experience throughout the region providing septic system designs for both residential and commercial properties and have recently provided designs for properties in Holliston, Foxboro and Oxford MA. If you need a septic system design 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

Title 5 Septic Inspection in Sharon For First Time Home Seller

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a Title 5 Septic Inspection today to a customer in Sharon MA. This homeowner is a first time seller and needs to arrange for a septic inspection to be done on their septic system before Title transfer can take place. They have sensibly chosen to have their inspection done as soon as they decided that they wanted to sell their home. This means that the inspection will be completed without causing any delay to a future sale. Also if it does happen to highlight any problems they can have them fixed and not have to worry about this causing delays and a potential loss of sale. Once they have had their inspection carried out and it passes that is just one more positive for the home that their realtor can use to sell it for a good price. They do not need to be concerned about the inspection becoming invalid because it will be vaild for 2 years as stated on the Mass Gov Website. We also have other Title 5 Septic Inspection appointments scheduled today in Franklin, Foxboro, Bellingham, Blackstone and Stoughton MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic System Installation To Start In Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has to keep up with all state and town septic regulations to ensure that we can give our customers the best possible septic service. Today we are starting a septic system installation for a customer in Attleboro MA. Our customer had previously had a tight tank which is going to be replaced with a much more efficient and environmentally sound septic system. As stated on the Mass Gov Website:

 

“Tight tanks are similar to septic tanks, except that they have no outlet and must be pumped out at regular intervals. Title 5 strongly discourages the use of tight tanks”

 

We have extensive experience of septic system installation and have recently completed installations in Foxboro, Mansfield, Sharon and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic installation, for any reason, or if you have any questions about our septic services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Title 5 Septic Inspections In The Beautiful New England Fall

Down to Earth Construction Services are enjoying the Fall and beautiful scenery it brings with leaves changing and apples and pumpkins galore. However in New England Fall storms are also unavoidable. It is something that we are all used to and stormy days do not stop us working. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections in Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, Foxboro, Mansfield and Franklin MA. However should a septic inspection not be able to take place the State of Massachusetts makes allowances

“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.”

If we do find that we have to rearrange an inspection we will endeavour to find a time and date that is convenient to your timeline and schedule.

If you need to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic inspections please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

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