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Heavy Use Of Garbage Disposals Can Result In A Septic Breakdown

Down to Earth Construction Services are called out to customer properties on a regular basis to provide a septic repair when the septic breakdown could have been avoided if the property owner had better information on how to use their septic system. Today we have a septic repair appointment in Attleboro MA which could have been avoided if the homeowner had been using their garbage disposal less frequently. One of the biggest problems for septic systems is a garbage disposal. Homeowners that have a septic system should avoid using their garbage disposal to prevent the introduction of unwanted solids into the system which can result in a septic breakdown. Even if your system is designed to accommodate a garbage disposal, it is important to use it moderately. Composting is an alternate solution for homeowners that have a large volume of vegetable waste. This is the reason that many homes with septic systems do not have a garbage disposal because it is difficult to monitor what is going into it and regulate the use. We have other septic repair appointments today in Norton, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Plainville and North Attleboro. If you require a septic repair or have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services



Sewage Grinder Pump Repair For Septic System

Down to Earth Construction Services know that all parts of your septic system need to be operating to ensure that it is working efficiently and correctly. We have experience repairing all parts of your septic system should it become necessary, even the ones that sound unpleasant and awkward to fix. Some septic systems are fitted with a sewage grinder pump. Waste from water-using household appliances (toilets, bathtubs, washing machines, etc.) flows through your home’s pipes into the grinder pump’s holding tank. Once the wastewater inside the tank reaches a specific level, the pump will turn on, grind the waste into a fine slurry, and pump it to the central sewer system or septic tank. A sewage grinder pump does what the name suggests and is not something that you want to leave inoperative because more serious breakdowns and larger repairs may then be necessary. Today we are providing a sewage grinder pump repair for a customer in Attleboro MA. We also have other septic repairs scheduled in Norton, Rehoboth, Taunton, Seekonk and Raynham MA. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns about your septic system please do contact our Norton office where we will be happy to answer any questions you have an book an appointment if necessary 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

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

We Have Been Providing Septic Services In This Region For Over 30 Years

Down to Earth Construction Services has been working in this region on septic systems for over 30 years. During this time we have worked with many different types of septic system and therefore gained knowledge and experience working on systems such as Singulair, FAST, Sand Filter, Jet System, Fuji Clean and many others. We provide septic services including septic installation, septic design, septic repair, septic inspection and septic service and septic maintenance. All septic systems are designed specifically for their own site and have variances which make them unique but most systems are based on the same principles. A conventional septic system consists of a septic tank, a distribution box and a drainfield. Your septic system treats your household wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank where heavy solids and lighter scum are allowed to separate from the wastewater. The solids stored in the tank are decomposed by bacteria and later pumped out. After partially treated wastewater leaves the tank, it flows into a distribution box, which separates this flow evenly into a network of drainfield trenches. Drainage holes at the bottom of each line allow the wastewater to drain into gravel trenches for temporary storage. This effluent then slowly seeps into the subsurface soil where it is further treated and purified. Like anything in your home your septic system must be maintained to ensure it keeps working correctly. If you do not want the worry of looking after your system or have a business and a septic failure would mean lost revenue it may be worth considering a septic service plan. We service many types of septic systems for our customers on quarterly, biannual or annual basis depending on their system and the amount of use it gets. Today we have septic services scheduled in Rehoboth, Norton, Rochester, Seekonk, Freetown and Swansea MA. If you would be interested in a septic service or you have questions about your septic system or septic services specifically please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/

Septic Design For An Attleboro, Massachusetts Property

Down to Earth Construction Services know that if you need a septic design it is wise to go to a company that has experience designing septic systems in your specific area. Septic regulations can vary from town to town and certainly vary from state to state so you want to be sure that your septic design will be compliant because if it isn’t at best you may face delays or at worst you may face delays and extensive excavations to ‘fix’ any issues and vastly increased costs associated with this. Down to Earth Construction Services have been working in Massachusetts for over 30 years and therefore have extensive experience providing septic designs for our clients in this region. We also have experience designing septic systems for our clients that work with the environment and our clients individual requirements. We know what system will work best for a property that is close to the ocean, has a small plot, is on a steep slope or has many other circumstances that will often require a septic system that is tailored to be the perfect fit for a specific property. Today we are meeting with a client who has a property on a small plot in Attleboro, MA and we are discussing the options that they have for their septic design. We have extensive experience working in Attleboro and the surrounding towns having recently provided septic system designs for customers in towns including Rehoboth, Norton, Taunton and Rochester MA. If you require a septic system design or if you have any questions about septic designs or septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Inspections and Voluntary Septic Assessments Carried Out Today

Down to Earth Construction Services’ licensed septic inspectors have been carrying out thorough and reliable septic system inspections in Massachusetts for over 25 years. As stated by the Mass Gov Website Title 5 Septic Inspections are 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.

  • 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.

 

The majority of our inspections are for a property transfer, often scheduled by the seller but sometimes we provide an inspection for the buyer of a home with a septic system. Today we have septic system inspections scheduled in Seekonk, Fairhaven, Rehoboth, Fall River and Lakeville MA and most are for property transfers but one is for a voluntary septic assessment. Mass Gov States that

 

“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.”

 

Property owners are likely to schedule a voluntary assessment of their septic system because the want to know its condition and see if maintenance or repairs are required. This is important because failing systems can:

 

  • cause a serious health threat to your family and neighbors,

  • degrade the environment, especially lakes, streams and groundwater,

  • reduce the value of your property,

  • be very expensive to repair,

  • and put thousands of water supply users at risk if you live in a public water supply watershed and fail to maintain your system


If you need to schedule a septic system inspection, for any reason, or if you have questions about septic inspections please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Down To Earth Construction Services Can Provide SEptic Engineering Services

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 Attleboro 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 unfavorable 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 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 Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic Repairs To Correct Large and Small Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services have the equipment for large and small septic repairs on residential and commercial septic systems which sometimes require excavation if the components are not easily accessible without. However if we do need to excavate to carry out a septic repair we will always ensure that we do the work safely and to all required standards. This includes contacting Dig Safe, a nonprofit organization that will notify your utility company of our plans. Your utility company (s) will then mark its underground facilities so we can be sure to safely conduct your septic repairs. For more information on Dig Safe see https://www.mass.gov/guides/about-dig-safe We have extensive experience investigating the cause of a septic problem and then repairing your system in the most cost effective and efficient way possible while ensuring our work is environmentally conscious. We know that most property owners will not know the cause of their septic problem so we will initially assess the condition of your septic system and we will then be able to 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 repairs scheduled in Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Swansea, Rehoboth, Attleboro and Norton MA. If you suspect you need a septic repair or if you have any septic concerns or questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic Engineering Services Provided To Massachusetts Customers

Down to Earth Construction Services provides septic engineering services to our clients when requested. Our trained experts can assist with all your septic engineering needs. We can provide services to improve or repair your property such as soil evaluations, land use planning, PERC Testing, flow testing services and construction layouts for large or small commercial developments. We can also provide septic designs and because we understand the details of septic requirements for Massachusetts we will work with you and local code enforcement to ensure the design of your new or upgraded septic system will meet all required local laws and code.

We are doing a PERC (percolation) test today for a customer in Rochester MA. A perc test, or percolation test, is a soil test that is performed before installing a septic system tank. The perc test is extremely important because it measures the level of liquid absorption of the soil where the proposed septic tank will be located. It determines how quickly the material from the septic system will be absorbed into the soil. We also have a septic system flow test scheduled in Fall River MA. We have recently also provided septic engineering services to other clients in Bolton, Fairhaven and Rehoboth MA. If you would be interested in these services or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

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