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It’s Summer And We Are Busy With Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Construction Services can’t believe that it’s the middle of summer already. This year seems to be flying by and our technicians are busier than ever. Unfortunately a lot of our repair call outs are from homeowners who have unknowingly caused their septic system problem. Where possible we try to educate home owners in the best way to use their septic system to try to prevent future problems while also finding the cause of the septic problem and fixing it. A few suggestions to keep your septic system working correctly are:

 

  • Pumping. Septic tanks generally should be pumped out every three to five years, depending on how regularly the system is used and/or how many people are using it. Regular pumping ensures that solids will not flow from the septic tank into the drainfield.

  • Use less water. Reducing the amount of wastewater entering your on-site sewage system may increase its lifespan. Excessive water use is a main cause of system failure. Use water-saving bathroom and kitchen fixtures (faucets, showers, toilets). Run and drain appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, one at a time. Spread laundry over the entire week and avoid partial loads. Fix all faucet and toilet leaks promptly.

  • Limit garbage disposal use. A garbage disposal adds solids and grease to your system, which could lead to drainfield failure.

  • Direct water from downspouts and roofs away from the drainfield. Additional water from these sources may prevent your drainfield from working properly.

  • Install risers for easier access. Risers from the tank lids to the soil surface make maintenance easier.

  • Don’t use septic tank additives or “miracle” system cleaners. Some of these chemicals can actually harm your system by allowing solids to flow into and clog the drainfield. The chemicals can also contaminate ground and surface water.

  • Don’t dispose of water from hot tubs into your septic system. Large volumes of water are harmful to the system, and the chlorine can destroy important bacteria in the system.

  • Don’t flush solid wastes into the system. These include diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, tampons, condoms, and grease.

  • Don’t put strong chemicals, such as cleaning products, down the drain. Household chemicals — such as drain cleaners, paint thinners and floor cleaners — can destroy important bacteria in your septic tank and contaminate ground and surface water. Laundry additives like bleach and fabric softener can also have a negative effect on the bacteria in your tank.

  • Don’t construct patios, carports or use landscape plastic over the drainfield. Grass is the best cover for your septic tank and drainfield. Soil compaction and paving prevent oxygen from getting into the soil. This oxygen is needed by bacteria to break down and treat sewage.

  • Don’t park cars, trucks or heavy machinery on the septic tank and drainfield areas. The weight can lead to crushed or broken pipes and soil compaction. Compacted soils cannot absorb water from the drainfield. A broken underground pipe can lead to an expensive repair.


Today we have septic repair appointments scheduled for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Marshfield, Canton, Holliston 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 www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Improvements Including Installation Of Risers, Effluent Filters and Covers

Down to Earth Construction Services are here to help property owners with septic improvements in addition to maintaining and repairing their septic systems. Today we are installing septic risers for a customer in Attleboro MA. Most tank lids were buried up until a few years ago. Unfortunately out of sight is often out of mind and regular maintenance can be neglected if septic system components are buried. Once the risers are installed the homeowner will be able to provide easy access to the system for future repairs, upgrades or cleaning services, eliminating the need to dig and excavate the system each time it needs to be pumped. Down to Earth Construction Services can  add an access riser to each tank opening with the lid installed flush with the ground surface. Other septic improvements we offer homeowners are to install an effluent filter in the outlet tee of their septic tank to extend the life of their system. Due to the high cost associated with replacing a septic system seemingly small upgrades to your system can pay off in a big way. We have recently provided septic system improvements and adjustments to other customers in Raynham, Upton and Holliston MA. If you are interested in septic improvements or have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Completion Of Septic Installation Including Hyroseeding

Down to Earth Construction Services are completing a septic system installation today in Westport MA

with landscaping including hydroseeding. They will cover the entire impacted area with fresh loam, rake and hydroseed. Hydroseeding is a very effective way to restore a lawn to a full and green state after we have excavated and installed a septic system. We will generally mix grass seed, fertilizer and mulch and then spray this mixture onto prepared soil. We have an excellent reputation in the region for the quality of our work and we ensure that our septic system installations are professionally done from the initial septic design or installation consultation to the final ground work to ensure that we leave our customer’s satisfied with our work from beginning to end. We have recently installed septic systems in Norton, Attleboro, Wrentham and Holliston MA. If you would be interested in a septic system installation or wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Installation in Westport MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic installation starting today in Westport MA. We are installing a septic system for a customer who has a property in an environmentally delicate location close to the seashore. We have extensive experience working in this region and know how to install septic systems in an environmentally conscious way while ensuring they are installed correctly, on time and on budget. We have recently provided septic installations for customers in Holliston, Dighton, Swansea and Clinton MA. If you require a septic installation or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic System Designs Provided To Property Owners Throughout Southeast Massachusetts

Down to Earth Construction Services can provide septic system designs to customers either as a stand alone service or prior to installing a septic system. Today we are discussing a septic system design that a customer requires for his property in Holliston MA. We have experience working throughout this region so we have experience working with the BOH requirements for the specific towns in the region. We also have worked with many types of septic system so can design a septic system that will be specific to your requirements and those of your property. We have experience working around many septic problems such as proximity to ocean or wetlands, small plot size or high water table. We have recently provided septic system designs for other customers in Uxbridge, Blackstone and Attleboro MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic systems or designs 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 System Design Meeting for Rochester, MA Property

Down to Earth Construction Services not only provide the heavy equipment and expertise for the excavation and installation of septic systems but we can also provide the initial design for that septic system. Today we have a septic system design meeting with a customer in Rochester MA. Our client is renovating an older home which needs a new septic system. Rather than working with an old, inefficient system they have chosen to replace that system with an entirely new, efficient and cost effective septic system which we are providing the septic system design for. We have recently provided other septic designs for customers with properties in Oxford, Clinton and Holliston MA. If you require a septic design 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 System Inspections in Massachussetts

Down to Earth Construction Services have Massachusetts licensed septic inspectors and have been carrying out thorough and reliable septic system inspections in this region 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 Wayland, Canton, Stoughton, Sharon and Holliston MA and most are for property transfers but one is for a voluntary 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.”

 

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

 

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 or assessment, 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 www.downtoearthconst.com

Commercial Septic System Design Provided For Norton Property

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a septic system design for a customer in Norton MA. Our customer requires a design for a septic system that will service a busy restaurant that is close to wetland. Our client has come to us because we have extensive experience working in this region and specifically in Norton on septic systems. We know the state and town requirements and can therefore ensure that our septic design will meet all expectations both financially and environmentally and be within code. We have designed other septic systems recently for both commercial and private customers in Marshfield, Holliston and Mattapoisett MA. If you require a septic design 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

Down To Earth Construction Services Available For Septic Repairs In All Weather

Down to Earth Construction Services are still available for septic services even when the temperature is unlikely to creep above freezing. As long as we are able to get to your septic system we are still able to assist with septic repairs that need to be carried out. Today we are at customer locations in Marshfield, Canton, Stoughton, Holliston and Sharon MA investigating septic concerns. You can count on Down to Earth Construction Services to repair your septic system using the most financially efficient and environmentally responsible methods available. Whenever possible, our goal is to provide our customers with options for repair that will yield high-quality results at a cost-effective price. We value each and every customer and appreciate your business – no matter how big or small the job. Our goal is to provide honest and reliable septic repairs and services to residential and commercial customers all over the Southcoast region. We use state-of-the-art equipment to target the exact source of your septic problems to reduce costs for our customers and minimize downtime. We take great pride in the work that we do and have never been unsuccessful in locating the exact problem through our troubleshooting services. We will have you up and running in no time. Fast, quality, courteous service is our goal and we will respect both you and your property throughout the duration of our work on your septic system. The equipment we use is designed to keep your system as concealed as possible, while reliably repairing it in the most cost-effective manner possible. If you believe you may need a septic repair or you are concerned that your septic system is not working correctly please do contact our Norton office and speak to our knowledgeable staff on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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