Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic repair scheduled today for a customer in Rochester MA. Our client unknowingly planted trees in close proximity to their septic tank and leach field a number of years ago. As the trees have matured and their root systems have extended they have caused damage to the leach field and septic tank of their septic system. We are providing extensive septic repairs which include repairs and replacement of piping and the tank. It is always a good idea to simply have grass covering your septic leach field because large plants, trees and bushes can cause septic problems as we have seen today. We have additional septic repairs scheduled in Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven and Fall River. If you need a septic repair or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services regularly carry out septic repairs and septic maintenance for customers on all types and parts of septic systems. Today we are replacing a pump panel, float and pump for a customer in Acushnet MA. Some septic systems include a pump and float. A control float in your septic system is set so that a specific volume of effluent is sent to your drain field. This specific amount is referred to as a dose. When the effluent in the tank rises to the level of the “on” float the pump is activated and pumps the level of the effluent down until it reaches the “off” float setting. Of course if these components are not operating correctly or totally fail you will then require a repair or replacement. We also have other septic repairs and some septic maintenance scheduled today in Seekonk, Swansea, Freetown and Norton MA. If you require a septic repair or have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com where we would be happy to help you.
Down to Earth Construction Services know that it is sometimes hard to know what you can and can’t do when you own a property which is serviced by its own septic system. We are called out to many septic repairs that result from the property owner inadvertently doing something that has caused a problem. For example today one of our septic repairs at a home in Norton MA resulted from a homeowner not realizing that drain openers can cause significant problems with your septic system if they are used in excess. Don’t use harsh chemical drain openers if you experience a clogged drain. Septic system owners should use an alternative solution of 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 store-bought drain cleaners can cause serious problems within your septic system. We have other septic repair appointments in Berkley, Dighton, Taunton, Freetown and Middleboro 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 www.downtoearthconst.com
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
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
Down to Earth Construction Services have been called out to a property in Rochester MA to locate a septic problem, determine the cause of the septic issue and then provide a septic repair. The property owner has noticed a few signs that they may have a septic problem so have sensibly contacted us to investigate the problem rather than ignore it and hope it might go away, which in our experience never happens and sometimes results in a much larger septic problem and more expensive repair. Signs that you may have a septic problem include:
1. Pipe Gurgling Sounds
2. Toilet Flushing Issues
3. Slow Drains
4. Water Backup
5. Bad Odors
6. Greener Grass
7. Patches of Standing Water
We have other septic repairs scheduled today in Freetown, Lakeville, Acushnet, Marion and Norton MA. If you have noticed any signs that you have a septic problem please do contact our office to discuss your concerns or schedule an appointment on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
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
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
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
Down to Earth Construction Services know that a property does not need to be way out in the county side to need to have a septic system. Before I moved into a home with a septic system I had certainly always just assumed that if a property was in a town or city it would be on town sewer. However I lived in two homes in the city of Attleboro MA both of which were certainly not in the countryside and both of which had septic systems because they were not on town sewer. I discovered that this was not unusual and certainly not the daunting prospect it first seemed when my realtor mentioned it. Increasingly as more and more property is built in New England the number that do not have access to town sewer is rising. Therefore the number of septic installations for new properties is also increasing. Down to Earth Construction Services certainly carry out many septic system installations in the region each year and the number is steadily growing. We also provide the septic engineering which is required before an installation can take place including septic design, soil testing and perc tests. An essential part of a septic system is the leach field and the soil in the leach area needs to be sufficiently permeable so that it can readily absorb the liquid effluent flowing into it. A site must also not have soil that is too permeable, allowing the effluent to reach the groundwater before it is fully treated. Very steep slopes are also unsuitable for a conventional leach field. Also, there must be at least a few feet of good soil from the bottom of the leach pipes to the rock or impervious hardpan below, or to the water table. The perc test provides the data to determine the suitability of a site for a septic system. In general, soils with high sand and gravel content drain the best and soils with a high clay content or solid rock are the worst. Most soils fall somewhere in the middle with a mix of course sand and gravel particles, small silt particles and tiny clay particles. Today we are conducting a perc test for a customer in Attleboro MA who is considering a building plot and needs to know its suitability for a septic system before proceeding. Even if a conventional septic system is not possible, depending on the perc test results, at Down to Earth Construction Services we have experience with alternative septic systems when it seems that a conventional system may not work. We are also providing septic engineering services to customers today in Norton, Seekonk, Rehoboth and Freetown MA. If you require septic engineering or have any questions about septic systems please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have experienced technicians who not only work in the field installing and replacing septic pumps when necessary but they also repair and refurbish them in our onsite workshop. We work with many pump brands including HiBlow, Blue Diamond and FujiClean. We keep instock different types and sizes of septic pump so we know that we will have the specific pump that is required for our customers when it is needed. Septic pumps are sometimes required within a property’s septic system. Some septic systems can operate with gravity alone or, where topographic considerations require, with inclusion of a septic pump. Today we are replacing a septic pump for a customer in Rochester MA. We also have other septic repairs including a septic pump repair in Freetown, Lakeville and Rehoboth MA. If you need a septic system pump repair or septic repair appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com. It is always inadvisable to wait to have a septic problem looked at and we can schedule appointments on short notice.
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