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Down to Earth Construction Experts at Cesspools

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has extensive experience with not just conventional septic systems, but also with cesspools, cesspool repair, cesspool services, and cesspool replacement. As stated on the Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:


“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 usually need a Title 5 Inspection to be done, but there are exceptions and for those, check the website or call our office. Title 5 does not require that cesspools be replaced however.  The Massachusetts Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs states:


“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”.
Today we have cesspool appointments for customers in East Bridgewater, Stoughton,Taunton, Norton, Sharon, Mansfield, and Canton. MA. If you have a cesspool on your property and need a service, repair, or replacement, please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Drain Cleaners and Your Septic System

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Drain cleaners can be an easy choice when your kitchen or bathroom drain becomes clogged, but they are not a great choice for the health of your septic system.  Septic systems rely on natural bacteria  to treat wastewater.   The harsh chemicals found in drain cleaners can kill the beneficial bacteria needed by your septic system to process wastewater.

Chemical drain cleaners are one of the most dangerous of all the cleaning products on the market to human health.  Most contain very corrosive ingredients such as sulfuric acid, lye, and bleach that can burn your eyes and skin.  They can be fatal if ingested and these cleaning products are required by law to carry a warning label listing their harsh ingredients.   Care must be taken to keep these out of the reach of children.

Even very low amounts of a drain cleaner used in a septic system results in significant decreases in concentrations of Coliform bacteria and a decrease in PH when higher concentrations are used.  It could take up to 48 hours for bacteria population to recover to original levels.  If you must use  a harsh drain cleaner,  it is a good idea to flush a box of baking soda down the toilet after to neutralize the acids in the drain cleaner.

What is a solution to your clogged drains?  The best remedy is to prevent drains from being clogged by having good catch basins in all the drains of the home.  Purchasing inexpensive plastic or metal screens for the drains can keep many wastes from going down the drain including hair and food products.   Food scraps as well as oils  and grease should never be allowed down the drain.

Most clogs occur about 6 inches below the drain opening in the trap.   Taking apart and cleaning this area can remove the clog.  Plungers can also be helpful in removing a clogged drain.   If that doesn’t work, a snake or auger can be put down the drain to remove the blockage.   Clean-out ports can be removes to help access the clog.  If no luck, it’s always best to call a professional who has the equipment and expertise to get the job done.

If you feel you must use a chemical drain cleaner, look for an enzyme-based cleaner. Less harsh and more natural cleaners are becoming more and more popular and there are more choices available. They are more gentle on your system.  You can also try a homemade recipe:  Pour 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup baking soda down the clogged drain.   Then pour  6 cups vinegar after salt & baking soda.  Let stand for 1/2 hour then pour kettle of boiling water down drain. Repeat twice a year for trouble free drains.

Septic Preservation Services can help you with any of your septic system questions.  Call 877-378-4279 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Services Perform Septic System Services

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has septic system services for customers today in Rochester, Freetown, Mansfield, Middleboro, Raynham, Berkley, and Norton, MA.  We service septic systems on a quarterly, biannual, or annual basis depending on the needs of our customer and those of their septic system.  Proper preventative maintenance can extend the life of your septic system.  Systems that are not regularly maintained will average less than 20 years, however studies conducted by field professors, scientists, and engineers, reveal that proper maintenance can help a septic system to last indefinitely. This can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over a lifetime.  If you would like to arrange a septic system service or if you have any questions about our plans, please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic System Installation By Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic installation starting today in Dighton, MA.  We have the equipment and expertise to ensure that the Septic Installations that we carry out for our customers are done correctly, promptly, and as disruption free as possible.  Proper installation is key to the proper operation and lifespan of your septic system.  Down to Earth Construction Services has the expertise and experience to install your septic system properly, based on local and state requirement.  Our experienced installers and repair staff understand the strict requirements placed on septic repair and installs, and ensure our work meets these requirements.  We take great pride in our ability to handle most any residential and commercial septic system installation, from the smallest cottage to the largest commercial project. We have recently done septic system installations in Berlin, Carver, Marshfield, Upton, and West Bridgewater, MA.  If you need a septic installation or if you have any questions about septic system installations please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic Design Consultation by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have a design consultation in our Norton, MA, office with a customer today who needs a septic system design for his home in Bridgewater, MA, because he is adding an addition with two additional bedrooms.  We have extensive experience designing septic systems for clients which will work for their individual needs and environment.  An addition with extra bedrooms means that the water usage in the home will increase, so the septic system needs to be able to support this.  If you need to have a septic system designed, or if you have any questions about this process, please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Experts in Large and Small Septic Repairs and Replacements

Down to Earth Down To Earth Construction Services has the knowledge, experience, and equipment, to perform both large septic repairs and replacements, and smaller septic repairs, including septic pump repairs and leach field repairs.  Many septic repairs can be carried out by our technicians quickly and with minimum disruption after they have diagnosed the problem and explained the solutions to the customer.  However, should a more extensive repair be necessary, we have the equipment for excavations and more extensive work, without having to rely upon contractors, which will cause delays and increase costs to the customer. If you have a septic repair that needs to be carried out, it is always inadvisable to wait to have it addressed because it can become a larger septic problem and more costly repair.  We are at customers for septic repairs, including septic pump repair, and a leach field repair today, in Bellingham, Franklin, Blackstone, Sharon, Upton, Uxbridge, and Wrentham, MA.  If you need to have a septic repair or have any questions please do contact our officeat 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Experts in Title 5 Inspections

Down to Earth Down To Earth Construction Services has extensive experience providing Title 5 Inspections for customers in our region.  We are contacted to perform Title 5 Septic Inspections for both sellers and buyers when a property has a septic system.  We also carry out Title 5 Inspections for condo associations, because condominiums with five or more units must be inspected once every three years.  Those with four or fewer units must be inspected every three years, or within two years prior to the sale of one of the units. Today we have Title 5 septic inspections in Attleboro, North Attleboro, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Plainville, Wrentham, and Foxboro, MA, for both property transfers and condo associations.  If you need to schedule a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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How to Extend the Life of Your Septic Drain Field

drain fieldOne of the most important components of a septic system is the drain field. Also known as a “leach” field, sometimes just looking at the drain field can help you to determine the health of the septic system as a whole. It is important to take care of your drain field and ensure that it is properly protected from things that can hinder its effectiveness, as it is a vital part of the septic process.

What a Drain Field is and How It Works
The drain field is the part of your septic system where the waste water emerges after passing through your septic tank for the final phase in the cleansing and filtration process. Contaminants and other impurities are removed from the waste water by the drain field, making it safe to enter the local ground water.

The septic drain field removes any organic materials that might yet remain after the waste water has made its way through the septic tank. It utilizes a very basic, yet highly efficient, microbial ecosystem for this part of the process. A drain field consists of a specific layout of trenches that contain a series of perforated pipes that come from the septic tank. The waste water flows over gravel or other porous material, which is covered by a layer of soil to protect it from animals and surface runoff water.

Signs That Your Septic System Needs Help
While there are some fairly obvious signs that a septic system is in need of repair or has failed, such as sewage coming up inside the house through all the drains, showers and toilets, your drain field is also a sort of thermostat that lets you know how effective your septic system is functioning.

Take a look at your septic drain field:

  • If there are boggy or wet areas that just don’t seem to dry up and go away after runoff water from seasonal rain storms is gone, you might have a failed septic system.
  • If there are areas of the grass that is planted on top of your drain field that are particularly green or lush compared to the rest of the surrounding property, you might have a leak or back-up occurring in your drain field.
  • If you notice an unusual smell coming from your drain field, it’s time to call a septic system specialist.
  • If you see bits of organic material or other waste that would typically go down your home’s drains coming up through the drain field, chances are you are experiencing a clog or even a failed septic system.

These are just some of the signs and symptoms that you can look for when checking out your drain field. While some issues might just be indicative that you need to stay on top of drain field maintenance, most will have something directly to do with the health and effectiveness of your overall septic system. It pays to check out your drain field on a regular basis.

Drain Field Maintenance
There are a lot of things that can cause a septic system to malfunction or fail. Most septic system experts and service technicians will tell you that even if your home has been designed for use with a garbage disposal, that you should refrain from using one with a septic system. The reason is simple: just by using a garbage disposal, as opposed to composting organic waste from the kitchen or disposing of it in a trash can, a typical household will increase the amount of sludge and solids in their septic tank by over 50 percent.

Because seemingly small changes in use and habit can have such an impact on the overall health of your septic system, it is important to hire a professional septic service to provide regular check-ups and drain field maintenance. If maintained correctly, the average drain field should last somewhere between 25-30 years and still be functioning efficiently.

In addition to taking care of the landscape that is above your drain field, keeping trees and bushes away from the area to prevent the spreading of roots, there are things you can do inside your home that contribute to your septic drain field’s overall health. Some of these things are simple and even common sense for the most part; while others might be “news” to homeowners who are dealing with a septic system for the first time.

Most of the behaviors and habits that homeowners need to remember with regard to taking care of their septic system and drain field maintenance have more to do with water use and disposal habits than anything else. Be aware of the amount of water that you are using in your home. Avoid doing activities that use a lot of water all at the same time, such as washing dishes and doing several loads of laundry. In fact, it is better to do a load of laundry a day than it is to save it all up for the weekend.

Get Professional Drain Field Maintenance Service
For homeowners living in the Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod or Rhode Island areas, as well as Maine and New Hampshire, contact Septic Preservation Services.   With over 15 years of direct experience working with commercial and residential customers in the Southcoast region, SPS is the clear choice for preventative maintenance, septic system service, drain field maintenance and septic repairs.

Septic Preservation Services is licensed and certified to provide Title 5 Inspections in Massachusetts and required Rhode Island Town Inspections.  In addition,  SPS can do a private assessment of your septic system to help you know the age, effectiveness and efficiency of your current equipment to help determine whether its time to upgrade or set up a new septic drain field. Call Septic Preservation today at 877-378-4279 or visit to get started!

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Components of a Title 5 Septic Inspection

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services has Septic Inspections scheduled today for customers in Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Fairhaven, Lakeville, and Norton, MA.  The following is included in a Massachusetts Title 5 Septic Inspection:


  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field);
  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied;
  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment;
  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available;
  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information;
  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup; and
  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure.


If you need to arrange a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our office a t 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic System Installation in Marlborough

Down to EarthDown To Earth Construction Services has a septic system installation starting today in Marlborough, MA.  We have the experience, knowledge, equipment, and local expertise to ensure that your septic installation is done professionally, quickly, and correctly, with minimum disruption. We have recently done other septic system installations for both commercial customers with restaurants and retail properties, and for condo and multi family dwellings in addition to private single family homes.  If you need to schedule a septic system installation or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit