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Down to Earth Construction Referred by Realtors

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic Inspections scheduled today in Upton, Bellingham and Blackstone MA. Our services were referred by realtors who were confident to pass our information to their clients knowing that we provide a quality, efficient and knowledgeable Inspection process from beginning to end. Realtors work with many inspection companies but only refer companies to their clients, such as Down to Earth Construction Services, that they are happy to work with again and again. If you wish to schedule your inspection please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Septic System Repairs

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Septic System Repairs scheduled in Dighton, Raynham, Bridgewater and Middleboro today. Unfortunately Septic Systems are subject to wear like any other system and require repairs and maintenance. However it is sometimes possible to avoid repairs by considering what you are putting into your Septic System. It is advisable to never put oils, fats or grease down your sink. Similarly feminine hygiene products, dead fish, clothing and ‘flushable’ wipes are all items that our engineers have removed from Septic Systems that can cause damage and avoidable septic repairs. Try to follow these basic common sense suggestions to avoid septic system repairs, but if you think your septic system does need a repair please contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearth.com

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All Natural Christmas Gifts

ChristmasToxic cleaners and harsh chemicals are all around us.  They can cause havoc with your septic system.  Your septic system relies on natural microorganisms to break down the effluent which flows into your septic tank.  Harsh chemicals found in many cleaners such as bleach can kill some of these naturally occurring organisms.  What’s a better solution?  You can make your own household cleaners out of natural ingredients you can find in your home.

You can make your own drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, counter spray, etc. out of natural and gentle ingredients which are better for your environment as well as family  and child friendly.   At this time of year, they also make great Christmas gifts, especially when decorative bottles and containers are used.

Here are some great recipes to try:

All Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional)

Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors.

Tip: Warming in microwave until barely hot will boost cleaning power for tough jobs. Only microwave in a glass container.

Creamy Soft Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup to 2/3 cup liquid castile soap*
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative)
  • 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any scent you prefer (optional)

Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar, shelf life of 2 years. Dry soft scrubs can be made with baking soda or salt (or combination of both) with 10-15 drops essential oil to scent.

Suggested uses: Use this creamy soft scrub on kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc.

Laundry Detergent

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soap flakes
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1-2 tbsp. oxygen bleach (optional for extra whitening power)

Soap flakes can be made by grating your favorite pure vegetable soap with a cheese grater. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry), wash in warm or cold water

For soft water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1/4 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup baking soda. For hard water: use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup baking soda.

Note: This recipe can be safely used in HE washers..

Tips: Add 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak your dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with 1/2 cup 3% peroxide. Launder as usual.

Furniture Polish

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 20-30 drops lemon essential oil

Shake well before using (2 teaspoons lemon juice may be substituted for lemon oil but then must be stored in refrigerator).

Dip a clean, dry cloth into the polish and rub wood in the direction of the grain. Use a soft brush to work the polish into corners or tight places.

Tips: To remove water spots rub well with toothpaste. To remove scratches use 1 part lemon juice and 1 part oil, rub with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Ingredients:

Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes and scrub with toilet brush.

Tip: Let ingredients soak for a while to make for easy scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings.

Drain Cleaner

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1/2cup salt

Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water.

Tip: Prevent your shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs.

These recipes can be found on womensvoices.org

Septic Preservation Services is available to answer all your questions on your septic system and what you should or should not put in it.  Call them at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Septic Cleaning

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services have Septic Cleaning scheduled for customers in Swansea, Westport, New Bedford and Mattapoisett, MA today.  One of these cleanings is for the grease trap of one of our commercial clients because grease traps should be inspected monthly and must be cleaned by a licensed septage hauler whenever the level of grease is 25% of the effective depth of the trap, or at least every three months, whichever is sooner. If you need to schedule a Septic Cleaning or require more information please do contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com

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Down to Earth Construction Services in Rochester

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have a Septic System Installation this week in Rochester, MA. We also did the Septic System design for the customer, designing for them an efficient, environmentally responsible and tailored Septic System. We have the expertise, experience and equipment to carry out Septic System design and installation for our customers. If you need a new Septic System or wish to discuss the possibility of a new septic system please contact our office at508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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When Do You Need a Title 5 Inspection

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Inspections scheduled in Norton, Seekonk, Taunton and Rehoboth, MA today. One Title 5 Inspection is scheduled for a customer who has expanded the size of their home adding 2 bedrooms. As per the Mass Gov website:

“A system must be inspected upon any change of use or increase in design flow, BUT ONLY IF the change or expansion also requires a building permit or occupancy permit from the local building inspector. Examples include adding a bedroom to a house, adding seats to a restaurant, or changing the type of business operating at a commercial location. Check with the Building Department and/or Board of Health to find out if your situation requires a building or occupancy permit which will trigger a system inspection.

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. If official records are available to determine the location of the system components, this requirement may be waived. Check with your local Board of Health.”

If you are unsure whether you need a Title 5 Inspection either check with the Building Department and/or Board of Health or contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Title 5 Inspections Scheduled Today

septic repairs Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin, and Sharon, MA. If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection because you are selling your home or commercial property please contact our office. We can arrange an appointment quickly and conveniently for you to ensure that you do not have any delays to your selling process, waiting for an inspection to be done.

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Down to Earth Schedules Title 5 Inspections

septic repairsDown to Earth Construction Services have appointments today in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett and Acushnet, MA for Title 5 Inspections. When you are selling your home you need to have a Title 5 inspection done before you close and Title is transferred, unless you already a hold a valid Title 5 Inspection.  See the Board of Health department of Massachusetts for further information. It is advisable to have the inspection done before or shortly after your home is on the market to prevent delays or a lost sale later on in the process. If you need to schedule a Title 5 Inspection please contact our offices at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

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Down to Earth Designs Septic Systems

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have engineers who can design your septic system. If you need a completely new system because you have a new home or you need to replace an old septic system that is not working correctly or in total failure, please contact our offices. We can discuss your individual requirements and design a septic system that is tailored for you. We have recently finished a Septic System Design and the Septic System installation for a client in Mattapoisett, MA and can certainly do one for you too.  Please call us at 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearth.com

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Septic Preservation Services Hires New Technician

       Septic Preservation Services  Septic Preservation Services has hired a new Service Technician to support all aspects of our business and provide better customer service. Alec Figueirdo from Tiverton Ri will be training for 4 weeks on conducting title 5 septic inspections. His second phase of training will be on the service of advanced treatment units. Alec will primarily be trained in the area including Westport, Marion, Lakeville, Norton, Mansfield, Rochester, Mattapoisett, and Raynham. If you see Alec please welcome him.  The services provided in this area are septic pumping, title 5 septic inspections, drain cleaning, emergency services, minor septic repairs, engineering, septic designs, septic installations, and operation of advanced treatment systems. Please call us with all your septic questions at 877-378-4279 or visit www.septicpreservation.com