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
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
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
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 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
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
Down to Earth Construction Services know that with snow on the ground from previous storms and more expected this weekend many property owners are not considering extensive construction work. Who can excavate in frozen ground and the resulting slush and mud? While it is true that we will not be able to do a septic system installation when the ground is frozen solid what we can do is all of the background paperwork that is required in addition to the physical work. When a property owner requires a septic system installation we can provide the septic designs working with our customer to design a septic system that works for their specific needs and those of their property, budget and the environment. We have extensive experience in this region so we know each individual town’s septic requirements and the state regulations so we can ensure that your septic system will be correct and there will not be delays caused by paperwork problems once work has started. We have recently provided septic designs and septic system installations to customers in Canton, Marlborough, Wrentham and Wayland MA. If you would be interested in a septic designs, septic installation or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have certified septic inspectors with the most up to date equipment who are ready to provide our customers with thorough, reliable septic inspections. If your property is not on town sewer it is essential that your septic system is working correctly to ensure that your waste is being processed correctly. Also when you are selling a property Title 5 requires a septic inspection to have been done within the last two years. Unless you have a new home or bought your property in the last two years this will usually mean that you will need to have a septic inspection carried out before Title to the property can be transferred. The benefit is that once you have had the inspection done it is good for two years so you can have the inspection carried out at the start of your selling process so once it is completed that is a selling point and wont cause delays later on. So it is always advisable to have your septic inspection done as soon as you decide you are selling your property. Other benefits of an inspection include:
Keeping you informed of the status of your septic system. Your system must be maintained to ensure it continues to operate correctly. The inspection will notify you if it is time to have your septic pumped or for any other maintenance
An Inspection will identify any repairs that need to be done to your system. Spotting small septic problems can result in a quick, easy and inexpensive repair in contrast to a large, messy and expensive repair if a problem is left to get more extensive.
If you are selling your property it provides a home buyer with a detailed report of the location and condition of your septic system components at the time of the inspection.The data collected assists the home buyer with their purchasing decision.
Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Wayland, Marlborough, Bolton, Clinton, Upton and Oxford MA. If you live in Massachusetts and you have a septic system servicing your property and need a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that moving home at any time of the year is a stressful and time consuming business. If you are selling a home in addition to buying a home this just seems to double the workload. Therefore we try to make one small part of your move as painless as possible. If you are selling a home with a septic system in Massachusetts you are likely to need to have a Title 5 Inspection. As stated on the Mass Gov Website:
“In order to ensure that septic systems (conventional septic systems, cesspools, and innovative/alternative systems) are protective of human health and the environment, MassDEP generally requires that systems be inspected when a property is sold.
When is an inspection required?
When a property is sold to new owners, or there otherwise is a transfer of title to new owners, with certain exceptions.
“Title 5 does not require a system inspection if the transfer is of residential real property, and is between the following relationships:
(1) between current spouses;
(2) between parents and their children;
(3) between full siblings; and
(4) where the grantor transfers the real property to be held in a revocable or irrevocable trust, where at least one of the designated beneficiaries is of the first degree of relationship to the grantor”.
For more information see
We have extensive experience providing septic inspections in this region for property owners. We have excellent relationships with many realtors because they have worked with us before, in some instances on multiple occasions, and know that we provide through, reliable and prompt inspections to their clients. Many of our septic inspections come from referrals from realtors to their clients. Our Inspectors have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Wayland, Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton and Clinton MA. If you are moving and require more information on Title 5 Inspections or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is here to provide assistance if a spooky noise is coming from your Septic System. Your Septic System probably does not have a ghost, even on Halloween, so we would suggest you call our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com to discuss your concerns and we can arrange an onsite appointment if necessary. Our experienced technicians and inspectors can quickly locate and fix septic problems so you do not need to be scared of any frightening surprises from your septic system this Halloween. We already have septic repair appointments scheduled in Wayland, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough and Holliston MA so if you need to speak to us please do contact our office.
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