Down to Earth Construction Services have been called to a customer’s property in Attleboro MA to repair their sewage grinder pump. This doesn’t sound especially appealing but has an important role in their septic system so needs to be operating correctly. A sewage grinder pump is a wastewater conveyance device. Waste from water using household appliances (toilets, bathtubs, washing machines etc) flows through the home’s pipes into the grinder pump’s holding tank. Once the wastewater inside the tank reaches a specific level, the pump will turn on, grind the waste into a fine slurry, and pump it to the septic tank. We have extensive experience with septic systems and repairing different elements of them including d-boxes, septic pumps and drain fields/ leachfields. We also provide septic upgrades and improvements such as the addition of risers, covers and effluent filters. The addition of an effluent filter in the outlet tee of your septic tank can extend the life of your septic system. Once installed risers and system covers enable homeowners 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. We are also at a customer property in Norton MA installing a septic system cover today in addition to providing septic repairs in Rochester and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic system repair or if you are interested in septic improvements please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced working with entire septic systems which includes the septic tank but also the leach field or drainfield, d-box (distribution box) and any other associated parts such as a septic pump if used. Many property owners who have a septic system to treat their wastewater forget that an essential part of their septic system is the leach field, or drain field. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield, all connected by pipes, called conveyance lines. Your home’s wastewater flows into your septic tank where it is held and solids sink to the bottom and lighter scum floats to the top. The solids and scum are decomposed by bacteria and periodically pumped. The treated wastewater or effluent flows through the distribution box into your drainfield or leach field where it then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified (secondary treatment). There are steps that you can take to ensure that your entire septic system continues to operate correctly including:
- Minimize the use of the garbage disposal
- Do not put grease down your drains
- Spread loads of laundry out over time rather than doing multiple loads in a short period of time, and use liquid detergents rather than powdered detergents
- Avoid excessively long showers
- Avoid leaving tap water running when shaving, brushing teeth or doing other personal or household tasks
- Do not flush medications, harmful chemicals, excessive amounts of bleach, harsh drain cleaners or degreasers
- Have the septic tank pumped at least every three years
- Do not add any septic systems cleaners, enzymes or additives
- Remove water conditioning backwash discharges from the septic system
- Do not plant trees and shrubs over leach fields
- Do not flush personal products, paper towels, wipes or diapers
- Do not clean or rinse paint brushes in the sinks
- Equip all hot tubs, spas, whirlpool baths, etcetera with drain limiting valves that will only allow five gallons per minute to drain from fixture
- Do not drive vehicles over leach fields
Unfortunately a property owner in Rochester, MA called us because they had not considered their leach field when planting multiple trees in their yard and they now have leach field problems. We are providing leach field repairs and providing them with septic education to hopefully ensure that they can prevent similar breakdowns in the future. We have other septic repair appointments today in Acushnet, Marion, Carver and Lakeville MA. If you require a 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://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced diagnosing and repairing septic systems and leach fields/ drainfields. We have been called in for a drainfield repair in Marshfield MA which has been caused by irregular pumping of the septic system. A septic tank should be pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including water usage and tank size. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the drainfield, where they will clog the drain lines and soil. The property owner called us concerned because they had liquid puddling on their drainfield and sewage smells coming from it. We also have other septic repairs today in Canton, West Bridgewater and Stoughton MA. If you are concerned that you many need a septic system repair, leach field or drainfield repair, septic pump repair or d-box repair please do contact our office to discuss your concerns and to make an appointment if necessary on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services are often called by homeowners who have signs of a septic issue but do not know what has caused the problem or how to fix it. The picture shows an organic clogging matt that caused a customer’s leach field to fail in Attleboro MA. We were able to restore the leach field for our customer and suggest changes that they could make that would help prevent this from reoccurring; more regular septic pumping and cleaning; a lint filter on their washer and stopping Oil, Grease and Fat being put down the drain. We have other septic repair appointments today in Norton, Mansfield, Foxboro and Sharon MA. If you have a septic concern or need to schedule a septic repair appointment please contact us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is experienced diagnosing problems and repairing septic systems and leach fields/ drainfields. We have been called in for a leach field repair in Acushnet MA which has been caused by irregular pumping of the septic system. A septic tank should be pumped every 3 – 5 years depending on various factors including water usage and tank size. If the tank fills up with an excess of solids, the wastewater will not have enough time to settle in the tank. These excess solids will then pass on to the leach field, where they will clog the drain lines and soil. The property owner called us concerned because they had liquid puddling on their leach field and sewage smells coming from the drainfield.
We also have other septic repairs today in Middleboro, Taunton, Freetown, Lakeville and East Bridgewater MA.
If you are concerned that you may need a septic system repair, leach field or drainfield repair, septic pump repair or d-box repair please do contact our Norton office to discuss your concerns and to make an appointment if necessary on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services are always happy to answer questions customers have about their septic systems. Maybe the most important questions is ‘What is a septic system?
Septic systems are individual wastewater treatment systems (conventional septic systems, innovative/alternative (I/A) systems, or cesspools) that use the soil to treat small wastewater flows, usually from individual homes. They are typically used in rural or large lot settings where centralized wastewater treatment is impractical.
There are many types of septic systems in use today. While all systems are individually designed for each site, most systems are based on the same principles.
A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield, all connected by pipes, called conveyance lines.
Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. This separation process is known as primary treatment. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later removed, along with the lighter scum, by a professional septic tank pumper.
After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified (secondary treatment). A properly functioning septic system does not pollute the groundwater. – Mass. Gov website.
However even knowing what a septic system is and how it works it is always inadvisable to carry out septic repairs and maintenance yourself. A reputable septic company will be happy to answer questions and discuss concerns you have and make an appointment for a repair if necessary. Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Attleboro, Norton, Seekonk and Dighton MA. If you have questions or concerns about your septic system or you want to make an appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a customer who has a leach field problem at their Attleboro, MA property. A leachfield or a Soil Absorption System (SAS) is part of an on-site system: the area of ground and system of subsurface pipes or chambers into which partially treated wastewater from the septic tank or I/A system is discharged for final treatment and absorption by soil. Unfortunately a driveway was placed incorrectly over their leachfield. As stated by the Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:
“Title 5 precludes using area under a driveway for a soil absorption system unless restrictions on the land leave no other feasible option. Impervious areas such as driveways or parking lots restrict air passing through the soils. In addition, the weight of the cars can compact the soil and may break distribution pipes. Lack of oxygen prevents the degradation of the septic tank effluent in the soil, and compaction reduces flow, making the system likely to clog and fail. Soil absorption systems which are placed under driveways are required, by 310 CMR 15.240 (7), to be vented to the atmosphere. Additional standards apply to system components in areas where automobile or other heavy equipment is anticipated.”
In this instance venting will not be sufficient so we are relocating their leach field to a more efficient location which will remove this problem and enable the property owners to keep their driveway in its present site. We have all of the equipment and expertise to ensure that this work is done correctly to reduce the likelihood of any further problems. If you require a septic repair, for a leachfield or another component, please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 where we will be happy to help.
Down to Earth Construction Services are available if you think you have a septic problem. If you have a septic system, there are various signs that you may have a leach field or drainfield problem. These can include:
- Standing water on top of your leach field
- Especially lush or green grass on top of your leach field in comparison to the rest of your yard
- Water or sewage backing up into your home
- Toilets not flushing or flushing slowly
There are various causes for these problems including:
- Compacting of the leach field which can happen with cars or livestock using it
- Excessive water usage
- The tank not being pumped
- Engineering or installation problems
Down to Earth Construction services has appointments for drainfield/ leach field repairs today in Attleboro and Dighton, MA. We have recently assisted customers with drainfield problems in Seekonk, Rehoboth, Sharon, Blackstone, Southborough, Upton, Bolton and Holliston, MA. We have experience determining the problem and fixing it with minimum disruption and in a timely manner. If you have concerns about your septic system or wish to arrange an appointment please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
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