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There Are A Variety of Instances In Massachusetts When You Are Required To Have A Septic Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services have septic inspections scheduled today in Mansfield, Holliston, Franklin, Bellingham, Upton, Uxbridge and Sharon MA. The reasons that people schedule inspections are not only because they are selling their home and require an inspection before they can sell. A septic inspection is required in Massachusetts:

 

  • 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

 

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Cesspool Services Ensure That Your Cesspool Continues To Operate Correctly

Down to Earth Construction Services work with many customers that don’t have conventional septic systems on their property but instead have a cesspool. As stated on the Mass Gov website:

“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.”

Although cesspool are now not installed because there are more efficient and environmentally conscious alternatives Massachusetts does not always require cesspools to be replaced. They state that:

“Only those 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).”

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq

We provide cesspool services to customers so that they can ensure that their system continues to operate correctly. Today we have cesspool services scheduled in Foxboro, Franklin, Sharon, Mansfield, Wrentham and Norton MA. We do also provide cesspool replacements and have recently done so recently in Southborough and Bellingham MA. If you require a cesspool service or are interested a in cesspool replacement or if you have any questions about cesspools or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

We Are Happy To Answer Questions and Discuss Septic Concerns

Down to Earth Construction Services knows that septic systems are a complete mystery to many of us and, to be honest, that really is not a problem most of the time. Even if you have a septic system as long as you are maintaining it and know how to ‘use’ it you really don’t need to know the specifics. However it is always advisable to stay observant and aware and if you are unsure if you have a problem or have a septic concern run it past a septic professional. At Down to Earth Construction Services we are always happy to answer any questions that you may have and discuss your septic concerns and make suggestions. If it becomes apparent that you need a septic repair we can schedule an appointment. Once we have assessed the condition of your septic system, we will 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 repair appointments in Attleboro, Norton, Mansfield, Sharon, Stoughton and Bridgewater MA. If you have a septic concern or wish to schedule a septic repair appointment please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic System Improvements Can Save You Money Long Term

Down to Earth Construction Services are regularly called by clients who either have a septic problem that they need to be repaired or to install a new septic system or inspect an existing septic system. However we also offer septic system improvements and upgrades to customers who have septic systems but want them to be ‘better’. Today we are installing risers for a customer in Attleboro MA. Our customer’s septic system will now be more accessible and safer with our strong, durable risers and system covers. Once installed, the property owner 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. We are also installing an effluent filter in the septic tank outlet tee for a customer in Mansfield, MA which will extend the life of their septic system. Another septic system improvement we are providing today to a customer in Acushnet, MA is the installation of a septic alarm which will notify the property owner if there is a fault with their system or if they need a septic pump out. A septic system, when it fails, is a very expensive item to fix or repair so investing in your septic system now can keep your septic costs down in the future. If you are interested in septic system improvements or upgrades if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

The Smell Of Sewage Could Indicate You Have A Septic Problem

Down to Earth Construction Services know that septic systems always need to be maintained and occasionally you may also have a septic problem come up that needs to be addressed. Ignoring a septic concern until you have the time or money to deal with it will often mean that it could become a bigger septic problem which is never a good thing. A small concern of septic sewage smells coming from your plumbing if addressed quickly can sometimes be easily, quickly and inexpensively fixed. However if you ignore signs of a septic problem your small issue could become a large septic failure which could be an expensive and disruptive repair. Today we are at a customer site in Bridgewater MA providing a simple repair that could have been a much bigger and more expensive septic problem to fix if the home owners had ignored the sewage smells coming from their system much longer.  We also have septic repairs scheduled for other customers in Mansfield, Taunton, Norton, Sharon and Canton MA. If you have questions about your septic system or need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Using Chemical Drain Unblockers Can Result In A Septic Repair Being Necessary

Down to Earth Construction Services know how annoying it is when you pull the plug on your sink and the water doesn’t drain away. Luckily there are a lot of drain unblocking products on the market which quickly deal with blockages. However no matter how easy and tempting it is to use one of these products, if you have a septic system it is wise to use an alternative method. If your drain is clogged a harsh chemical drain opener bought in the store can cause serious problems with your septic system. Septic system owners should use an alternative solution: 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. Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers who have contacted us because they have noticed that their septic system is not operating correctly. Often a septic breakdown is the result of a system not being used correctly and the cost and disruption could have therefore been avoided if the property owner had been better educated in the precautions to take when your property is supported with a septic system. We have appointments for septic repairs in Plainville, Wrentham, Rehoboth, Sharon, Norton and Mansfield MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Installation Starting In Rochester MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic installation starting today in Rochester MA. We are installing a septic system for a customer who needed to replace an old, outdated failing septic system. When septic system failure occurs, the conditions they create are dangerous! These can include:

 

  • Hazardous sewage surfacing in yard

  • Health hazards to children, neighbours and pets

  • Noxious orders over large areas

  • Polluted streams and ponds

  • Sewage back-up in buildings

  • Contaminated wells

  • Breeding areas for mosquitoes

 

It was therefore essential that they installed a new septic system. This new septic system will be installed quickly, correctly and with as little disruption as possible. We are able to do this because we have extensive experience installing septic systems in this region. We have recently installed septic systems in Oxford, Plainville and Mansfield MA. If you require a septic installation 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 Inspection In Addition To Clearing Undergrowth In Norton MA

Down to Earth Construction Services are always prepared to do that little bit more for our customers when they need it. Today we have a septic inspection scheduled in Norton MA and in addition to the inspection we are also clearing the undergrowth prior to the inspection so that it is possible and taking pictures to document the entire process. For some property owners they require extra assistance in addition to the ‘usual’ inspection and where possible we will try to accommodate them. We also have septic inspections for customers today in Berkley, Stoughton, Taunton, Attleboro and Mansfield 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 http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Voluntary Septic Assessment Carried out Today in Norton MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic Inspections scheduled today in Bridgewater, Mansfield, Sharon, Franklin and Foxboro MA. If you have a septic system it is required in Massachusetts that you have your septic inspected:

 

  • 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

 

Most of the inspections that we carry out for property owners are for people who are selling their property and need their septic to be inspected before Title transfer can take place. However what some people do not realize is that we also carry out voluntary septic assessments. Property owners can hire a licensed inspector to perform Confidential Voluntary Septic Assessments of their septic systems. These inspections are completed just as they would be according to the Title 5 Inspections required by the State of Massachusetts, but the findings are NOT reported to any other person, municipality or office outside of the homeowner. Once the inspection is complete, the homeowner will receive a thorough report along with an assessment of the findings and some recommendations on how to properly maintain or repair their septic system. The recommendations provided by Down to Earth Construction Services are designed to increase longevity and prevent future issues, such as property damage, high cost repairs or system replacement.

 

In addition to the above inspections we also have a voluntary septic assessment scheduled for a customer today in Norton MA.

 

If you require a septic inspection or voluntary septic assessment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com where we will be happy to help you.


Septic Services Enable Our Clients To Not Worry About Their Septic

Down to Earth Construction Services knows that the words septic, sewer, sewage and effluent are not ones that most people use in day to day life and are they generally quite happy that this is the case. However at Down to Earth Construction Services we regularly discuss, at length, septic systems, sewage and effluent treatment because these are the words of our trade and we are proud of the work that we do. We enable homeowners to forget about their septic system and even though they use it everyday they don’t need to talk about it on a daily basis. Fortunately your septic system is not likely to require frequent maintenance as long as you are using it correctly. However for some property owners they like the peace of mind knowing that their system is being maintained but they would also prefer to not to have to do it themselves or take the time and expense of hiring a septic company everytime their system requires maintenance. This can be especially true for commercial property owners who have a septic system because a poorly operating septic system or one that breaks down or requires repair will cost money to fix and result in lost revenue while the system is not operational. This is why we have many clients on septic service plans which takes away the need to concern themselves about septic system maintenance and provides confidence that they are doing as much as possible to prevent future septic problems. We will service your septic system, usually on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. The property owner will not even generally need to be present for the service so we can monitor and maintain a septic system with minimal disruption to our client. Today we have septic services scheduled for commercial and residential customers in Plainville, Wrentham, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield and Blackstone MA. If you would be interested in septic services or if you have any questions about services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

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