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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

Winter Weather Can Create Septic Problems

Down to Earth Construction Services know, just like all other New Englanders, that storms and weather are a part of living in this region. However the severe winter storms can result in property damage which can affect septic systems just like other parts of your property. Just like with other parts of your home or business it is never wise to ignore signs of septic problems and hope it might go away. Signs of a septic issue can include:

  • All of the drains from the house are slow
  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field
  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box
  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation
  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures
  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly
  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped
  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently
  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing
  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard
  • Well water is contaminated

Today we have septic repairs scheduled for customers in Raynham, Dighton, Berkley, Taunton and Bridgewater MA and some of these septic problems could have been avoided if the property owner had been more aware of the signs to look for that indicate a potential septic issue. If you require a septic repair or if you have concerns that you wish to discuss please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Commercial Septic Design Provided For An Attleboro, Massachusetts, Property

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a septic design for a commercial client in Attleboro, MA who is expanding their restaurant. Therefore their septic system needs to expand to accommodate the extra demand that additional customers will create. We have extensive experience working with commercial and private property owners in this region so we know the regulations and can ensure that their design is correct. We have recently designed septic systems for customers in Norton, Mansfield, Carver, Acushnet and Fall River MA. Therefore there will not be delays caused by a design that is not to code. We can also provide other septic engineering services including soil evaluations, land use planning and construction layouts for large or small commercial developments. If you need a septic design or have any questions about septic designs, our septic engineering services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Septic System Upgrades Today In Rochester and North Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services not only help our septic customers with their septic problems and breakdowns with septic repairs but can also provide septic system upgrades to improve their septic systems. Basic septic tank upgrades can simplify maintenance, improve system function, and protect your drainfield for long-term savings. Access risers and effluent filters are two low-cost improvements for existing or new tanks that we can provide. We are installing an access risers on to the septic tank for a customer today in North Attleboro MA. The riser will help the owner and inspectors easily locate the tank, and they provide access for maintenance and repair. They also avoid the need to repeatedly dig up the lawn for routine inspections or pumping. We are installing an effluent filter today for a customer in Rochester MA. An effluent filter is an inexpensive plastic filtering device that fits into the outlet end of the septic tank. The screen helps prevent solids from leaving the tank and clogging the drainfield, one of the most common causes of septic system failure. We have already recently provided septic system upgrades for customers in Swansea, Fall River and Oxford MA. If you would be interested in septic system upgrades or if you have any questions about our septic services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Construction Services Provide Septic Confidence To Our Customers

Down to Earth Construction Services have septic services scheduled for customers today in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough and Southborough MA. Down to Earth Construction Services’ Preventative Maintenance Contracts are available for specific types of septic systems, including:

· conventional septic systems
· pressure distribution systems
· innovative and alternative systems, such as FAST Systems, Eljen Systems, Presby Systems and Oakson Systems

Down to Earth Construction Services provide our Preventative Maintenance Program customers with regular monitoring of their entire septic system. The regularity of the services depends on a variety of factors including the type of system, the usage and needs of our customer. Once you have decided to join or program you can sit back and just leave the dirty work to us with confidence. If you would be interested in septic services or if you have any questions about septic services or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction

Know What The Signs Of a Septic Problem Are

Down to Earth Construction Services are very regularly called by customers who suspect that they have a septic problem but do not know the cause of the issue or how to repair it. Typical signs of a septic problem could be:

 

  • All of the drains from the house are slow

  • There is a sewage smell coming from your plumbing

  • There is a persistent wet area over the leach field

  • Sewage is surfacing in the area of the septic tank or distribution box

  • There is sewage seeping through the foundation

  • The liquid level in the leach field is at the top of the crushed rock layer, the chambers or other underground structures

  • The vegetation over the leach field is greener and more lush than over adjacent areas in the yard

  • There is sewage odor in the yard at times or constantly

  • There is flow back from the leach field when the septic tank is pumped

  • The septic tank needs to be pumped frequently

  • The septic tank discharge baffle is damaged or missing

  • Rain water seems to take longer to disappear over the leach field than over adjacent areas in the yard

  • Well water is contaminated

 

If you have any of these signs of a septic problem please do call us to discuss your concerns. We will be happy to speak to you and schedule an on site visit if necessary. Today we have appointments for customers who suspect that they have a septic problem in Berkley, Dighton, Raynham, Lakeville and Norton MA. If you need to schedule an appointment, need advice or have a questions about your septic system 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 Services To Take Septic System Concerns Away

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic services scheduled today in Westport, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford and Fall River MA. We go to our clients for services on a quarterly, biannually or annual basis and the regularity of our services are determined by a number of factors. These include the type of system and the usage it gets. For example we would not service a small cottage that is only used through the summer on a quarterly basis but a busy restaurant that is open year round might need that level of attention. Essentially our services are designed to do the septic maintenance for you so you do not need to be concerned about your septic system. You can leave those hassles to us – be honest not many people want to spend a lot of time thinking about their septic system. You can also be sure that we will monitor your entire septic system so we can catch an septic concerns before they become a problem which can be especially important for our commercial clients for whom septic problems can lead to costs in not only repairs but lost business while the problem is dealt with. When we come to a property as long as we can access the system we do not even usually need a property owner to be present for the service. If you would be interested in having a septic service or you have more questions about it please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/

Septic Inspections and A Voluntary Assessment In Norton MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have septic inspections scheduled today in Plainville, Attleboro, Bellingham, Mansfield and Wrentham MA. The majority of our inspections are done on behalf of a client who are selling their property and are required to have an inspection done on their septic system. However we also provide septic assessments when a property is not being sold. Your Voluntary Assessment will include all of the same steps as a septic inspection however the 17-page document will NOT be sent to your local approving authority – it is for your information only. A Voluntary Assessment is a great way to find out more about your own septic system. Down to Earth Construction Services highly recommends this to our clients as a means of properly maintaining, upgrading and repairing your system to prolong its life. Today we are carrying out a Voluntary Septic Assessment for a customer in Norton MA who wants to know the condition of a septic system of a family home that had been vacant and has only recently been occupied. Ask us about additional services we can provide to ensure the proper working of your septic system and if you wish to schedule an inspection or voluntary septic assessment or if you have any questions please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/


Septic Design Provided For Attleboro Property

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a septic design for a property in Attleboro MA. When you choose Down to Earth Construction Services to provide your septic design you will work with our septic engineers to produce a custom designed septic system that will ensure the best performance with the least amount of disturbance. We take into consideration factors including the environment which your system will be placed, your budget and property needs and other factors such as your trees, shrubs and landscape. Our goal is to minimize the impact on your yard, and make the process simple while ensuring you receive the most cost effective and efficient septic system possible. We have recently provided other septic systems to clients in Rochester, Taunton and Wayland MA. For more information or to schedule an appointment please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/