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Septic Engineering Services To Assist Customers With Their Septic System Requirements

Down to Earth Construction Services have trained septic experts who can assist property owners with their septic engineering requirements. We can assist with services to improve or repair your property such as soil evaluations, septic design and land use planning, septic improvements such as installation of risers, covers or filters and construction layouts for large or small commercial developments. Today we are conducting a soil evaluation for a customer in Plainville MA. The soil evaluation will determine if the client’s building site is suitable for a conventional septic system and is typically called a “perc test’ or “perk test” (a percolation test). Traditional septic systems only work if the soil in the leach area is sufficiently permeable that it can readily absorb the liquid effluent flowing into it. Also, there must be at least a few feet of good soil from the bottom of the leach pipes to the rock or impervious hardpan below, or to the water table. Less commonly, a site can fail because the soil is too permeable, allowing the effluent to reach the groundwater before it is fully treated. Very steep slopes are also unsuitable for a conventional leach field. The specific standards vary from town to town, but any of these characteristics can prohibit the use of a standard gravity-fed septic system. Down to Earth Construction Services have extensive experience with various types of septic system so there are always alternative systems that can be used if the perc test does show some unfavourable results for a conventional system. We also have extensive experience with towns in this region so we know the individual requirements for different towns. We have other septic engineering appointments today in Norton, Rehoboth, Raynham, North Attleboro and Dighton MA. If you would be interested in our septic engineering services or if you have any questions about septic engineering please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Leach Field Repair In Rochester MA Necessary

Down to Earth Construction Services know that in the beautiful New England Summer many people are out in their yards planting and gardening. Unfortunately when you are planting large shrubs or trees in your yard if you do so on your leach field you can unknowingly create a septic problem. The roots and sometimes weight of plants can actually damage your drain field which means that your septic system is no longer working correctly.  Septic systems do an amazing job of returning liquids to the soil for purification but the whole system needs to be functioning correctly for this to happen. When septic system failure occurs, the conditions they create are dangerous. These can include:

 

  • Hazardous sewage surfacing in yard

  • Health hazards to children and pets

  • Noxious odors over large areas

  • Polluted streams and ponds

  • Sewage back-up in buildings

  • Contaminated wells

  • Breeding areas for mosquitoes


Today we are at a customer’s home in Rochester, MA repairing their leach field which has been damaged when they planed an orchard over it last year. The roots combined with heavy machinery being parked on the drainfield during construction have both lead to the structural collapse of the leach field piping. A strong sewage odor and dampness over their yard was luckily a sign of a septic problem that the homeowners did not ignore. We can repair the damage so they do not have to worry about the consequences of an inoperative septic system. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Rochester, Seekonk, Fairhaven, Fall River and Mattapoisett MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do call us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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


Septic System Installation in Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic system installation starting today in Attleboro MA. We have our own excavator and operator so we do not need to rely upon a sub contractor to do the groundwork and initial excavation for the installation. Because we have our own highly trained and experienced operators and technicians we know that the work will be done to our own high standards and we can be certain that it will be done correctly, efficiently and with as little disruption as possible. We have recently completed both commercial and residential septic system installations for customers in Mattapoisett, Southborough and Berlin MA. If you require a septic installation or if you have any questions about installations or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Design For Single Family Home in North Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services make sure that they are upto date with all state and town septic requirements so when they provide a septic design for a residential or commercial customer they can be confident that it meets all state and town septic requirements in addition to those of the property, environment and budget. Today we have a septic design design meeting with a client who requires a new septic system for a single family home on a large, steep plot close to wetlands in North Attleboro MA. We can design a septic system which will work for this property and meet all of the requirements as set by state and town. We have recently provided other septic system designs for customers in Wrentham, Raynham and Upton  MA. If you require a septic design or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic Tank Installation in Rochester MA

Down to Earth Construction Services are always willing to provide information to property owners who have septic systems. One piece of advice is always to not build over your septic system because it can impair your system and can be an issue if you should ever have a septic problem. This is certainly true for our customer today who has a home in Rochester MA. We are having to move their deck to install a new septic tank for them. Unfortunately when they installed their back deck their contractor did not consider the septic tank underneath which has made a simple septic tank installation much more expensive and it will take longer because their deck needs to be removed to do the installation. Fortunately for our customer Down to Earth Construction Services have the tools and experience to do the removal, excavation and installation. We have recently installed other septic systems including new septic tanks for customers in Westport, Attleboro and Norton MA. If you require a new septic system, septic tank or any other septic work we are more than capable of assisting you and if you have any septic system questions or wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Engineering Services Provided Including a Soil Test in Rehoboth

Down to Earth Construction Services are regularly called by customers who require our septic engineering expertise. Whether they require a soil test, PERC test, septic design or land use planning we have the knowledge and experience to expertly provide our services. Today we are providing a variety of septic engineering services, including a soil test, to customers in Dighton, Rehoboth, Norton, Berkley, Carver, West Bridgewater and Lakeville MA. If you require septic engineering or if you have any questions about the septic services that we can provide please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


It’s Summer And We Are Busy With Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Construction Services can’t believe that it’s the middle of summer already. This year seems to be flying by and our technicians are busier than ever. Unfortunately a lot of our repair call outs are from homeowners who have unknowingly caused their septic system problem. Where possible we try to educate home owners in the best way to use their septic system to try to prevent future problems while also finding the cause of the septic problem and fixing it. A few suggestions to keep your septic system working correctly are:

 

  • Pumping. Septic tanks generally should be pumped out every three to five years, depending on how regularly the system is used and/or how many people are using it. Regular pumping ensures that solids will not flow from the septic tank into the drainfield.

  • Use less water. Reducing the amount of wastewater entering your on-site sewage system may increase its lifespan. Excessive water use is a main cause of system failure. Use water-saving bathroom and kitchen fixtures (faucets, showers, toilets). Run and drain appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, one at a time. Spread laundry over the entire week and avoid partial loads. Fix all faucet and toilet leaks promptly.

  • Limit garbage disposal use. A garbage disposal adds solids and grease to your system, which could lead to drainfield failure.

  • Direct water from downspouts and roofs away from the drainfield. Additional water from these sources may prevent your drainfield from working properly.

  • Install risers for easier access. Risers from the tank lids to the soil surface make maintenance easier.

  • Don’t use septic tank additives or “miracle” system cleaners. Some of these chemicals can actually harm your system by allowing solids to flow into and clog the drainfield. The chemicals can also contaminate ground and surface water.

  • Don’t dispose of water from hot tubs into your septic system. Large volumes of water are harmful to the system, and the chlorine can destroy important bacteria in the system.

  • Don’t flush solid wastes into the system. These include diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, tampons, condoms, and grease.

  • Don’t put strong chemicals, such as cleaning products, down the drain. Household chemicals — such as drain cleaners, paint thinners and floor cleaners — can destroy important bacteria in your septic tank and contaminate ground and surface water. Laundry additives like bleach and fabric softener can also have a negative effect on the bacteria in your tank.

  • Don’t construct patios, carports or use landscape plastic over the drainfield. Grass is the best cover for your septic tank and drainfield. Soil compaction and paving prevent oxygen from getting into the soil. This oxygen is needed by bacteria to break down and treat sewage.

  • Don’t park cars, trucks or heavy machinery on the septic tank and drainfield areas. The weight can lead to crushed or broken pipes and soil compaction. Compacted soils cannot absorb water from the drainfield. A broken underground pipe can lead to an expensive repair.


Today we have septic repair appointments scheduled for customers in Carver, Middleboro, Marshfield, Canton, Holliston and Lakeville MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit 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 Inspections for Property Owners Who Are Selling

Down to Earth Constructions Services in addition to installing and repairing septic systems also has licensed septic inspectors who can provide septic inspections and septic assessments when requested. The majority of our septic system inspections are carried out because a property owner is selling their property and it has not had an inspection within the last 2 years so it is required to have one. Our inspector will use use the MassDEP-approved inspection form and submit it within 30 days of the inspection. For most systems, the Inspector is responsible for submitting the inspection report directly to the Board of Health. The buyer must also receive a copy from the seller of the property. In some cases, inspection reports must be submitted to authorities other than the Board of Health. For more information see https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system


We will always advise people who are selling a property with a septic system to have their septic inspection done early. This is because Inspections in connection with a property sale generally are good for 2 years (If a system is pumped annually and the pumping records are available, an inspection is valid for 3 years). Therefore you can have this done well before you have a buyer and it will therefore be completed and not cause delays later on in your sale and will be a selling point for your realtor when advertising the property because the prospective buyers know that the system has passed its septic system inspection. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Plainville, Wrentham, Blackstone, Bellingham and North Attleboro MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com