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Have Your Title 5 Septic Inspection Done Early In Your Sale Process

Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspection appointments scheduled for customers today in Sharon, Franklin, Foxboro, Wrentham, Mansfield and Plainville MA. Massachusetts requires that you have a Title 5 Septic Inspection 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

A large portion of the inspections that we conduct are for property owners who are selling their property which has a septic system, either a commercial or residential. This is because most sellers have not bought their property in the last two years so do not have a current Title 5 Inspection for their property. The good news is that once it has been done it is valid for 2 years so once you have decided you are selling your property it is always a good idea to have the inspection done early in the sale process. You know it is likely that you will sell in two years so it will remain current and you will not have to worry about it causing delays later when you have sale deadlines. An inspection may highlight a problem and you will have time to fix it and once your property has passed its septic inspection that is another selling point. If you require a Title 5 Inspection, for any reason, or have questions about septic inspection or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Design For Commercial Property in Rochester MA

Down to Earth Construction Services were contacted by a property owner who needed a new septic system for their offices in Rochester MA. We were able to provide a septic design for them which would service the building and its anticipated septic needs while also being environmentally and economically conscious. We have extensive experience working with clients with commercial properties and private residences designing septic systems all over the region using up to date technology to ensure they have the best possible septic system for their needs and those of their property. We have recently provide septic system designs to customers in Norton, Sharon and Bridgewater MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic designs please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Services For Customers Who Want No Worries Septic

Down to Earth Construction Services is fortunate to have many long term customers who we have developed excellent working relationships with. This may seem unusual for a septic company but in addition to repairing and inspecting septic systems we also provide preventative maintenance programs for our customers which many property owners continue to receive for many years because they are so pleased with the septic services that they receive. We monitor and maintain our customers septic systems so they can be confident that their septic system is working correctly and will continue to do so. Nobody likes to have to deal with a septic breakdown but this is especially true for commercial business owners who lose revenue when they are unable to open due to a septic problem. That is why our customers include many local restaurants, takeaways, coffee shops and fast food restaurants. We service our customers septic systems discreetly and quickly without causing any downtime in operation which is, of course, essential. We also service residential customers properties and the regularity of our services depends on the septic system and the use it gets. We have customers who have a 2nd home who don’t use their system all year round so they do not need their system to be serviced as frequently as a busy fast food restaurant. We generally see our customers on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis, as required. In actuality we don’t even need to ‘see’ our clients when we carry out a service because we can usually access the septic system without the property owners assistance. If you would be interested in hassle free septic system preventative maintenance please do contact our Norton office for details on our septic services or to make an appointment. Today we are already have septic services scheduled in East Bridgewater, Mansfield, Norton, Stoughton and Sharon MA. You can reach our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Inspections Aren’t Always Done Because A Property Is Being Sold

Down to Earth Construction Services has hundreds of septic inspections scheduled each year, often with property owners who have a septic system and need their system to be inspected before they can proceed with the sale of that property. However we do have inspections scheduled for other reasons. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in North Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Foxboro and Mansfield MA and one of those is not for a client who is selling their property. Instead they have been renovating their property and require an inspection because their extensive renovations require a building permit. As explained on the Mass Gov Website:

 

‘These situations require a system inspection only if the modification requires a building permit or occupancy permit. For example:

  • adding a bedroom to a house

  •     adding seats to a restaurant

  •     changing the type of business operating at a commercial location.

Check with your Building Department or Board of Health to find out if your modification meets these requirements.

 

Any change in the footprint of a building also requires an inspection to determine the location of the system, to ensure that construction will not be located on top of any system components or on the reserve area. Check with your local Board of Health.’

 

If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems, Title 5 or Septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Advice To Follow To Help Avoid Septic Repairs Being Necessary

Down to Earth Construction Services know that not everyone can be septic experts or have over 30 years experience in the septic industry. However it is still possible to use a few basic guidelines to ensure that you are doing as much as possible to keep your septic system in top working order:

 

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.


Unfortunately for some of our customers this information comes too late and we have septic repairs scheduled for customers today who could, in some instances, have avoided their septic breakdown by following the above advice. Today we are at customer properties in Dighton, Raynham, Taunton, Berkley, Rehoboth and Norton MA for septic repairs. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions or concerns about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Design For A Client in Rochester MA

Down to Earth Construction Services were contacted by a client with a property in Rochester MA which they are planning to sell but it has failed its Title 5 Septic Inspection. The homeowner was not required to have their entire septic system replaced but have chosen to do so to better enable them to sell their property quickly and at a higher price. We are providing the initial septic design after consultation to determine the needs of our client and a PERC Test which has given us the information that we require, in addition to our extensive knowledge of the local and state septic regulations. With this information we are able to provide a septic design for our clients which will exceed their septic requirements while meeting all septic standards set by the state and town and being environmentally conscious. We have recently provided other septic system designs to clients in Norton, Attleboro, Acushnet and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic designs or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic Inspections Provided In New England Winter Weather

Down to Earth Construction Services know that while we may not have snow or rain today it could be just around the corner. However even when it is wet or cold outside we are still able to perform many septic services for our clients including septic inspections. We have been working in New England for many years so we have experience working in the many different weather conditions that are thrown at us, sometimes on the same day! In this time we have gained an excellent reputation for the quality of our work and the reliability of our service. This is essential when a large potion of our work comes from word of mouth and referrals from other satisfied customers. Today we have septic inspections for customers who are selling homes in Bellingham, Blackstone, Wrentham, Plainville, Sharon and Mansfield MA. Some of these inspections have come from referrals from our client’s realtors who have recommended our services to their sellers. We have worked with many realtors in this region and they are happy to refer our services to their clients because they know that Down to Earth Construction Services provide reliable, through and professional inspections for their clients punctually on their schedule. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Cesspool Services Provided To Customers in Wayland and Surrounding Towns

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing cesspool services today to customers in Wayland, Foxboro, Wrentham, Mansfield and Sharon MA. As stated on Mas Gov:

“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.”

To sell a property you need a Title 5 Inspection to be done. Title 5 does not require that cesspools be replaced however:

“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”.

We have also provided many cesspool replacements so if you are not on town sewer and have a cesspool which you are concerned may need replacing or simply needs servicing please contact our office to answer your questions or schedule an appointment on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Voluntary Septic Assessment in Sharon

Down to Earth Construction Services conducts hundreds of septic inspections each year for property owners who are selling their home or business and are not on town sewer. This is because in the state of Massachusetts a septic inspection is 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”

However not all inspections that we carryout are for people who are selling a property. We have a voluntary septic assessment today for a property owner in Sharon MA who wants to have a greater understanding of the condition of their septic system. As specified on the Mass Gov website:

 

“A system owner may choose voluntarily to have an assessment of the condition of the system even if there is no requirement for an inspection. Results of these voluntary assessments are solely for the use of the owner, and do not need to be submitted to local Boards of Health or MassDEP.”


We also have septic inspections today in Marion, Mattapoisett, Fall River, Mansfield and Rehoboth MA. If you require a septic inspection, for any reason, a voluntary septic assessment or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact us at our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Repair in Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic repair scheduled today for a customer in Attleboro MA. We are replacing their distribution Box (D-Box). A D-Box is exactly as it sounds it’s a box that moves, or distributes treated wastewater from your septic tank into your leach field or drain field. It must be level and installed correctly or your wastewater will not distribute evenly across your leach field and this can lead to over saturation and clogging which is not desirable. The d-box we are replacing was damaged when heavy equipment was mistakenly parked on top of it which broke and moved it. We have found that many property owners with septic systems while they know they have a septic tank sometimes forget that the leachfield and d-box are also essential parts of their septic system and must also be maintained. Here are a few simple tips to help you look after all parts of your septic system:

 

  • 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


We also have septic repairs scheduled in Norton, Stoughton, Canton and Taunton MA and some of these repairs could have been avoided by following the above advice. If you have any questions about your septic system or if you need a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services