Down to Earth Construction Services are regularly called by customers who require our septic engineering expertise. Whether they require a soil test, PERC test, septic design or land use planning we have the knowledge and experience to expertly provide our services. Today we are providing a variety of septic engineering services, including a soil test, to customers in Dighton, Rehoboth, Norton, Berkley, Carver, West Bridgewater and Lakeville MA. If you require septic engineering or if you have any questions about the septic services that we can provide please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
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
Down to Earth Construction Services provide advice to their customers to ensure that they use their septic systems correctly and are therefore less likely to have a septic system problem. It is important to take good care of your septic system so you should know which items should never be flushed down the drain or toilet. This is because these things can overtax or destroy the biological digestion taking place within the system or clog pumps and pipes which will result in a septic problem.
Take care not to flush the following:
- hair combings, dental floss, gauze bandages or disposable diapers
- sanitary napkins, tampons, cigarette butts, or condoms
- fat, grease or oil, coffee grounds, paper towels or cat litter
- chemicals that could contaminate surface and groundwater, such as paints, varnishes thinners, waste oils, photographic solutions, or pesticides
Unfortunately we have attended many septic repairs that could have been avoided if this advice had been followed. Today we have septic repair appointments in Dighton, Rochester, Rehoboth, Berkley, Lakeville and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic repair, think you may have a septic problem or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down To Earth Construction Services knows that purchasing a home is an incredibly stressful thing to do. Whether it is your first home or your fifteenth there is always a lot of moving parts to coordinate and this is doubly true if you are also selling a property at the same time. If the property your are buying or selling also has a septic system you are required in Massachusetts to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection on that system before Title transfer can take place. As stated on the Mas 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.
The purpose of the inspection is to determine if the system in its current condition can protect public health and the environment. The inspection does not guarantee that the system will continue to function adequately, or that the system will not fail at a later date. This is particularly important if you plan to increase the flow to the system.
The inspection includes determining the location and condition of cesspools, septic tanks and distribution boxes. Often, this will not require extensive excavation.”
For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
We know that when you are selling or buying a property schedules have to be kept and hold ups can cause repercussions with sales and purchases. That is why we would always recommend that if you are selling a home with a septic system that you have your Title 5 Septic Inspection done as soon as possible. You do not need to wait until you have a buyer. The inspection will be valid for two years and once your system has passed the inspection you can stop your septic from being a cause of concern or negative for prospective buyers. Today we have Title Septic 5 Inspections in Middleboro, East Bridgewater, Marshfield, Carver, Lakeville and Norton MA. If you require a Title 5 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 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 know that most property owners who have a septic system do not want to spend a lot of time, money or effort maintaining or even thinking about their septic system. Therefore we provide regular septic system services for our customers so they can put their feet up and no longer worry about septic system maintenance. 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. We provide preventive maintenance services to both commercial and residential customers all over the region. Today we have septic system services scheduled for customers in Acushnet, Lakeville, Carver, Berkley and Rochester MA. If you would be interested in a septic service 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 often provides septic inspections for customers whose property is not on town sewer. 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.
Most regularly we carry out septic inspections for customers who are selling their home. Today in addition to providing a septic inspection we are also taking a well water sample for a customer in Attleboro, MA. As stated on the Mas Gov website:
“There are a number of situations where the inspector will not be able to determine if the system passes or fails..A second set of situations involve septic tank and soil absorption systems that are too close to drinking water supplies, drinking water supply tributaries, public and private water supply wells. In these situations, the systems are deemed to be failed unless the Board of Health (in conjunction with the public water supplier in the case of public surface water supplies and their tributaries) determines that the systems are functioning in a manner that protects the public health and safety and the environment. Again, the system inspector can NOT make this evaluation. The information collected during the inspection and the guidance provided by the Department will be used by the Board of Health to make the determination. The system inspector can assist the Board of Health in the case of septic tanks and soil absorption systems located less than 100 feet from a private drinking water well by arranging to have the well tested for fecal coliform bacteria, ammonia, nitrogen, and nitrate nitrogen.”
For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/guidance-for-the-inspection-of-on-site-sewage-disposal-systems-0
At Down to Earth Construction Services we have been providing septic inspections in the region for many years and we can provide additional services such as taking a well water sample and taking it to be tested for fecal coliform bacteria, ammonia, nitrogen, and nitrate nitrogen. We have other septic inspections today, in addition to the Attleboro inspection, in Lakeville, Norton, Taunton and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic inspection or have questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a client in Berkley MA who suspects that they have a leach field problem. They have noticed a sewage smell in their yard around the leach field area and there is a consistent wet, sogginess on the field. Other signs that you may have a problem can include lush vegetation over the leach field, frequent pumping of the tank being required, and/or slow drains.
Leach fields fail for two primary reasons. The main reason is referred to as biological clogging. This is the development of a biomat beneath the leachfield that eventually prevents the liquid or effluent from entering the underlying soil. This biomat is a combination of fine organic solids that have been carried out of the septic tank and the remnants of anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria originate in the human intestinal tract and enter the septic system with the waste products. 95% of all leach field failures are biological. The second primary reason is referred to as a mechanical failure. This could be a structural collapse of the leach field piping or chambers, root intrusion, or fine non-organic materials that are washed down to the bottom of the leach field and seal the soil.
Down to Earth Construction Services have many years experience identifying and repairing leach field problems and will find locate and solve our client’s leach field problem. We have other septic repair appointments today in Dighton, Raynham, Rehoboth and Lakeville MA. If you suspect that you have a septic problem or if you 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 has a septic system installation starting today in Attleboro, MA. Our client is selling their home and their septic system failed its Title 5 Septic Inspection. To enable them to sell their property quickly and without having to make reductions due to a failing septic system they have chosen to have an entirely new, updated septic system installed. We are able to install a new septic system for our client that is compliant, has all relevant paperwork in place and will ensure that we leave the property with as little evidence as possible of the disruption that the excavation and installation causes. We have extensive experience installing septic systems for clients in this region, most recently in West Bridgewater, Norton, Lakeville and Raynham MA. If you want a septic system installed or if you have any questions about the process please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://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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