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Down to Earth Construction Experts in Septic Installation

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic installation scheduled to begin today in Upton, MA.  Down to Earth Construction Services have the expertise to provide the initial septic design, the equipment for the excavation and experience and engineers to ensure that your septic system is installed correctly, quickly and with minimum disruption.  We have recently installed septic systems for customers in Marion, Mattapoisett, Bolton and Middleboro MA. If you require a septic system installation or have any questions please do contact us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic System Design Consultation

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic system design consultation today in our Norton, MA, office for a client whose commercial property is in Rochester, MA.  We have extensive experience designing septic systems for both commercial properties and residential properties in this region.  We have recently designed septic systems for customers in Bellingham, Wrentham, Uxbridge, and Plainville, MA.  We can design a septic system and, if required, install the septic  system using our own equipment and expertise to ensure that the system in installed correctly to the design plan.  If you require a septic design or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic System Services with Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has septic system services scheduled today in Wayland, Canton, Stoughton, Sharon, West Bridgewater, Mansfield, and Raynham, MA.  We have clients on service plans for either quarterly, biannual or annual services depending on their septic system and requirements.  We do not usually need a homeowner to be present for a septic system service, so can ensure that your septic system continues to work correctly with little disruption and effort for our clients.  If your septic system requires a service or you have questions about septic system services please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic System 101

septic systemHow does your septic system actually work?  If you live in a rural area which does not have a centralized sewer system, you most likely have a private septic system.  Basically nature and technology combines to treat the wastewater from your household plumbing system including bathroom, kitchen, laundry and any other drains your home possesses.

A typical septic system includes a septic tank and a drainfield which can also be referred to as a leach field or soil absorption field.

The wastewater from your home is sent to the septic tank through one main drainage pipe.   The septic tank is a buried water-tight container usually made of concrete, fiberglass or polyethylene.   It holds the wastewater  and allows the solids to settle to the bottom, forming sludge, and the oils and grease float to the top and form scum. Natural organisms in the septic tank will digest the organic matter. The idea is not to let the sludge and scum leave the tank and enter the leachfield.  Compartments and a t-shaped outlet help make that happen.

The liquid wastewater, called effluent, leaves the septic tank and enters the leachfield.  The leachfield is a shallow, covered excavation created in unsaturated soil.  Engineering plans are required for the best placement of the septic tank and leachfield on the property.  The pretreated effluent is discharged through piping onto the porous surface of the leachfield and filtered through the soil.  The soil treats the wastewater  as it percolates through the soil and eventually joins the groundwater.  If the drainfield is overloaded with too much wastewater, it could flood, causing the sewage to flow to the surface or backup into the house.  The wastewater percolates into the soil, naturally removing coliform bacteria, viruses and nutrients.

Maintenance is a key component to keeping your septic system functioning properly.  Pumping your septic tank, generally every 3 years, depending on your household size and habits, is essential.

Call Septic Preservation Services to schedule a pumping or join their septic maintenance program.  They can answer all your questions.  You can reach them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

 

 

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Septic System Installation by Down to Earth Construction

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services has a Septic Installation scheduled to start in Marshfield, MA today.  Our client’s septic system failed a Title 5 Inspection. Once the Inspection was carried out the results must then be submitted to the Board of Health within 30 days. Even though the homeowner then decided not to sell,  a failed system typically must be upgraded within two years, unless the local Board of Health or MassDEP authorizes an alternative schedule.  For more information, see the The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs of Massachusetts.  We have the equipment, experience, and engineers to ensure that the septic system will be installed correctly, quickly and with minimum disruption. If you require a septic system installation or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Title 5 Inspections by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has septic inspections scheduled today in West Bridgewater, Raynham, Seekonk, Taunton, Freetown, and Mattapoisett, MA.  A property owner or facility operator is generally responsible for obtaining an inspection of the system. If you are buying a property, Title 5 requires that a copy of the inspection report be provided to the buyer or other person acquiring title to the property served by the system.  The inspection is intended to provide sufficient information to make a determination as to whether or not the system in its current condition is adequate to protect public health and the environment.  The inspection, however, is not a guarantee that the system will continue to function adequately and is not a guarantee that the system will not fail at a later date.  However the owner or operator of the system is the legally responsible party required to upgrade a failing system.  Prior to transfer of the property, this is typically the seller. Often, the buyer and seller work out the financial issues as part of the sale of the property. Title 5 does not require that a system be in passing condition prior to the sale, but most lenders will not issue a mortgage until the failing system is upgraded or funds to perform the upgrade are escrowed . If you are selling a property with a septic system in Massachusetts, it is likely that you will need to have a Title 5 Inspection to be carried out.  If you need more information or wish to schedule an appointment please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Repairing or Replacing Your Septic System

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services has the equipment, engineers and experience to repair or replace your septic system.  We have repairs scheduled for a customer today in Holliston, MA, who has reported a leach field problem.  We have the equipment to do excavations and back filling when necessary.  We will always keep disruption to a minimum, but some repairs do require extensive septic engineering and groundwork.  We also have septic repairs scheduled in Southborough, Berlin, Bolton, Marlborough, and Oxford, MA.  If you require septic repairs whether it is a small mechanical repair such as a septic pump repair, or a large drainfield issue, please contact our office to either answer your questions or make an appointment at508-622-5759 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Condominium Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has Septic Inspections scheduled today in East Bridgewater, Lakeville, Raynham, Swansea, Fall River, and Fairhaven, MA.  These inspections include those for property sales for commercial properties and private residences, but one is  also for a condominium complex.  In Massachusetts 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.  The condominium association is responsible for the inspection, maintenance and upgrade of the system or systems serving the units, unless the governing documents of the association provide otherwise.  If you need a septic inspection to be done or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Cesspool Services by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have experience working with customers whose properties have cesspools. 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.  Cesspools must be treated to avoid harmful chemicals from forming and also to empty the pool.  This is the reason which makes a cesspool require a high cost of maintenance. Cesspools can also be harmful.  For example, if the cesspool is kept at a very deep level, it may come in contact with groundwater and contaminate it making it unsafe for drinking purposes. That is why cesspools are kept quite far away from the wells and underground water sources.  The cesspools may also prove to be dangerous because of the fact that the waste material may give rise to dangerous fumes.  We are starting a cesspool replacement today for a customer in Upton, MA whose cesspool failed a Title 5 Inspection because it was too close to a public water supply.  Title 5 does not require all Cesspools to be replaced but it does state that:

 

“ 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 (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).” – The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Massachusetts.
We also have cesspool services for customers in Bridgewater, Stoughton, Canton, Freetown, and Sharon, MA.  If you have a cesspool and are either considering a replacement or need a service please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic System Odors

 

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Septic system odors can have many causes.  Some can be minor, others more serious.  In cold weather, the causes can vary.  Pinpointing the source of the smell is usually the first step.  Downdrafts from the vent pipe on the roof may cause odor, but would vary with weather conditions and wind and subside as the day warms.

There could be a problem with a frozen drainfield, blocked tank inlet or outlet, or other blocked pipes.   Backup may occur in the home if this is the case.  Check the lowest drain in the system first.  Call a professional right away if you suspect this is the problem.

Long, persistent odors and wet spots over the tank and drainfield could mean septic system failure.  Check for effluent outside and wet spots where the grass may be particularly lush.

Does it smell right near the house?   Broken pipes or leaky pipes could account for this.  Effluent could be leaking out of the pipe and running along the pipe trench rather than through the pipe itself.  Blocked pipes could also be the problem forcing the sewage back toward the home.

The best course of action is to call a professional right away.  Septic Preservation Services have 24 hour emergency services as well as trained septic professionals to evaluate the problem and make any necessary repairs, which could save money down the road and prevent septic failure.

Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com