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We Try To Make Septic Inspections As Simple As Possible

Down to Earth Construction Services know that a large portion of the septic inspections that we conduct are for people who are selling their property. In the State of Massachusetts it is required that a property have had a septic system inspection within the last two years before transfer can take place (obviously only if they have an individual septic system servicing that property). So generally unless the owner is selling a very new home or has only purchased the home in the last two years a septic inspection is required. For more information see the Mass Gov Website

We know that selling property is not an easy time, generally, so we endeavour to make the process as simple as possible. We will schedule your septic system inspection at a time that suits your timetable, when possible, and will be punctual, professional and thorough. We will also do simple things such as when we are investigating your system any earth that we dig up we will put on a tarp to enable us to more simply clean up after our visit. We know that when you are selling your home you want the lawn to look its best. It is small actions such as these coupled with our excellent reputation that results in much of our business coming from referrals from Realtors themselves because they have worked with us in the past and are happy to refer us to their clients because they would like to work with us again. Today we are providing septic inspections for customers in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough and Bellingham MA. If you require a septic system inspection or if you have questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

We Provide Septic Education and Information In Addition To Septic Inspections And Other Septic Services

Down to Earth Construction Services helps many property owners who are selling their home or commercial property with septic inspections which are usually required if you have a septic system and are selling your property in Massachusetts. We are also always willing to provide information and support to the new property owners who may not have had a septic system previously. There are definitely some dos’ and don’ts’ that apply when you own a septic system that are not generally too difficult to follow but if you don’t you might end up needing a septic repair to fix a problem that you have unknowingly created.

For example if you have just bought a new house a lot of people want to then start decorating and putting their own stamp on their new home. When you are cleaning up after decorating you must always remember to clean your brushes and paint trays in a bucket and not to dispose of that water down your drain and definitely don’t dispose of paint down your drain. We know that one of the benefits of latex paint is the ease of its cleanup with soap and water. This might cause you to think that it is okay to pour latex paint down the drain or your clean up water. This is not true. While your septic system can usually handle small amounts of latex paint, it should be avoided when possible. Septic systems use naturally occurring, living organisms to break down, digest and treat solid and liquid waste that is introduced into the septic tank. Toxic household chemicals can kill these organisms, resulting in a failure of your septic system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that while common culprits include oil-based paints, solvents and cleaning products that are labeled as poison or hazardous, even latex paint cleanup should be minimized. Latex paints may contain toxic substances, including ethylene glycol or acetate, according to the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse. So be cautious when you clean your brushes because even small amounts of latex paint may be detrimental to your septic system.Your septic system is primarily designed to break down, digest and treat organic materials. The organisms that live in your septic system typically cannot digest the solid materials present in latex paint. These solids will settle to the bottom of your septic tank, where they can result in a thick, gray putty-like material.

Here is a list of septic system dos and dont’s:

Things you should do

DO conserve water whenever possible as a means of reducing the volume of wastewater that will need to be treated and disposed.
DO make repairs to any faucets or toilets that are leaking.
DO make sure that you are only discharging biodegradable wastes into your system.
DO restrict or avoid use of your garbage disposal.
DO take the time to ensure that any down spouts or other surface water is diverted away from your drainfield.
DO keep the cover to your septic tank accessible by installing covers and risers for easier inspections and pumping.
DO get your septic tank pumped regularly and have it checked for any cracks or leaks.
DO have an effluent filter installed to prevent debris from entering your drainfield.
DO add a laundry filter to your washing machine.
DO put kitchen trash into a compost or throw it into the garbage – not down your drains.

Things you should NOT do
DON’T flush products such as tampons, sanitary napkins, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes into your system.
DON’T empty oils or other types of kitchen grease down your drain.
DON’T dump any items that can disrupt the treatment process or contaminate groundwater, such as: paints, oils, thinners, pesticides, poisons or disinfectants.
DON’T build anything over your drainfield or dig in it for any reason.
DON’T plant any landscaping over your drainfield – except grass.
DON’T drive a vehicle over your drainfield or compact the soil in ANY way.
DON’T run purification back flush into the septic tank.

Today we have septic inspections for property owners who are selling their homes and one for a new home buyer in Middleboro, Taunton, Norton, Raynham, Dighton and Attleboro MA. If you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Service Plan To Give You Peace of Mind

Down to Earth Construction Services offers an affordable Septic Service Plan designed to give our residential and commercial clients peace of mind in knowing that their septic system is being properly maintained, checked and monitored. Keeping your septic system in good working order is always a good idea because once you notice problems with your septic system you might already have a large septic repair or failure to deal with. A failing septic system can cause the following:

 

  • serious health risks to your family or neighbors

  • degrade the surrounding environment including groundwater, lakes and streams

  • reduce your property value

  • cost thousands of dollars to repair


We service our clients septic systems on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on a variety of factors including the client and the septic systems requirements. Today we have septic services for customers who are on our septic service program in Wayland, Marlborough, Southborough, Holliston, Bellingham and Franklin MA. If you would be interested in our septic service program or if you have any questions about septic services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Title 5 Inspections Can Be Delayed If Weather Prevents It Before A Sale

Down to Earth Construction Services are pleased that winter and its weather are just a distant memory and we can enjoy our New England summer. But we all know that just because it is summer that doesn’t mean that we can totally forget about what mother nature can bring and summer storms are always a possibility. However if you are planning to move house and have a septic inspection scheduled you do not need to worry if it seems that the weather will make it impossible for us to carry out your Title 5 Inspection. On the Mass Gov website it states that:

“If weather conditions prevent an inspection before a sale, Title 5 allows the inspection to be done up to 6 months afterwards, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the need to complete the inspection.” For more information see:https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system

We have Title 5 inspections scheduled today in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough, Oxford and Upton MA. If for any reason the inspection can not take place we will always endeavour to reschedule the inspection as quickly as possible at a time that is convenient. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a septic inspection please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Our Septic Inspectors Do Not Need Luck To Work Safely On Friday 13th

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, septic inspectors, engineers 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 the entire region and we make sure that we are safe and comply with the regulations for the State of Massachusetts. Today we have septic inspectors in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Southborough, Marlborough and Uxbridge MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com



Happy Independence Day!

Down to Earth Construction Services wishes all of its customers Happy July 4th! As we celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends we know that no one wants to be concerned with septic problems. However septic problems do happen and when you become aware of a nasty smell, blockage or leaking it is not always clear what septic repair is necessary. If you need a septic repair Down to Earth Construction Services will assess the condition of your septic system and then  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


We have recently repaired septic problems in Marlborough, Oxford, Wayland, Norton and Attleboro MA. If you need a repair or have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic System Installation Starting With A Septic Design

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic system installation starting today in Acushnet MA. We initially provided our client with the septic system design for their project and will now continue with the installation starting with the excavation and completing the work with landscaping their property so we can keep the evidence of our work as minimal as possible. We can help our clients through the entire process from design to installation and continuing on to regular septic services ensuring that their new system will continue to operate efficiently and correctly for many years to come. We have extensive experience installing septic systems for clients in this region and have recently installed systems in Marlborough, Wayland and Rochester MA. If you need a septic system design, installation or service or if you have any questions about our services or septic systems please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

You Should Not Have Septic Pumping Done Prior To A Septic Inspection

Septic Preservation Services knows that you should not have your septic system pumped prior to having a septic inspection. The State of Massachusetts requires as part of the inspection procedure that the inspector:

“Check pumping records for frequency of system pumping and verify that the system has not been pumped within two weeks prior to inspection.”

For more infomation see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/guidance-for-the-inspection-of-on-site-sewage-disposal-systems-0

Your septic system needs to be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. If your system needs pumping we can arrange to have it done for you while the components of your system are exposed after the inspection. Today we have septic pumping scheduled in Berlin, Clinton, Bolton, Marlborough, Sterling, Stow and Maynard MA. Septic pumping is recommended to be done every 3-5 years depending on a variety of factors including the size of your septic tank and the water usage of the property. If you are unsure of have any questions about septic pumping or septic systems or if you want to schedule a septic pump out please do contact our Norton office on 877-378-4279 or visit http://www.septicpreservation.com

Down to Earth Construction Services Have Title 5 Septic Inspections Scheduled Today

Down to Earth Construction Services install and repair septic systems as you would expect but we also provide septic system maintenance and inspections. In the State of Massachusetts Title 5 requires that your septic system is inspected by a licensed inspector 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


If you require a septic inspection for any of the above reasons please do contact us where we can schedule a septic inspection on short notice on your schedule. Today we already have other Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Clinton, Berlin, Bolton, Marlborough and Upton MA. If you have any questions about Title 5, Septic Inspections or if you need to schedule an appointment please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Cesspool Services and Cesspool Replacement In Massachusetts

Down to Earth Construction Services know that the word ‘cesspool’ does not conjure up pleasing images and if you are considering buying a property that word can certainly put a damper on enthusiasm you might have for it. However with the proper maintenance a cesspool is not the problem that you may fear. A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. In Massachusetts a cesspool is not always required to be replaced. Infact as stated on the Mas Gov website:

 

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


However a cesspool does generally require more ongoing maintenance than a conventional septic system and 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. Down to Earth Construction Services do provide property owners with cesspool services to ensure that they continue to operate correctly and efficiently. However if you decide to have you cesspool replaced we also have extensive experience with cesspool replacement. Today we have cesspool services and are starting a cesspool replacement in Wrentham, Upton, Marlborough, Bolton and Clinton MA. If you have a cesspool and have questions or if you need a cesspool service or replacement please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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