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Septic Improvements Including Installation Of Risers, Effluent Filters and Covers

Down to Earth Construction Services are here to help property owners with septic improvements in addition to maintaining and repairing their septic systems. Today we are installing septic risers for a customer in Attleboro MA. Most tank lids were buried up until a few years ago. Unfortunately out of sight is often out of mind and regular maintenance can be neglected if septic system components are buried. Once the risers are installed the homeowner will be able to provide easy access to the system for future repairs, upgrades or cleaning services, eliminating the need to dig and excavate the system each time it needs to be pumped. Down to Earth Construction Services can  add an access riser to each tank opening with the lid installed flush with the ground surface. Other septic improvements we offer homeowners are to install an effluent filter in the outlet tee of their septic tank to extend the life of their system. Due to the high cost associated with replacing a septic system seemingly small upgrades to your system can pay off in a big way. We have recently provided septic system improvements and adjustments to other customers in Raynham, Upton and Holliston MA. If you are interested in septic improvements or have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Sewage Grinder Pump Repair To Ensure Customer Septic System Continues To Operate

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 Wayland MA. We also have other septic repairs scheduled in Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Southborough and Upton 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 www.downtoearthconst.com


You Need To Protect Your Septic System’s Leach Field

Down to Earth Construction Services are experienced repairing all parts of your septic system. We have found that many property owners who have a septic system are aware that their system has a septic tank but are often unaware of their systems’ leach field, its purpose or its location. This makes it much more likely that they will inadvertently damage it. Although your septic system leach field (also called a drain field or absorption field) generally does not require maintenance, you should adhere to the following rules to protect and prolong its functional life:

  • Do not drive over the absorption field with cars, trucks, or heavy equipment.
  • Do not plant trees or shrubbery in the absorption field area, because the roots can get into the lines and plug them.
  • Do not cover the absorption field with hard surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt. Grass is the best cover, because it will help prevent erosion and help remove excess water.
  • Do divert surface runoff water from roofs, patios, driveways, and other areas away from the absorption field.

Today we are providing leach field repairs and replacement. For one customer in Bellingham MA we are installing a White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator, an economical, environmentally sound and permanent alternative to drain field replacement. In nature, oxygen-using (aerobic) bacteria in the soil consume non-living organic material. This is the process nature uses to “recycle” wastes. We install the White Knight™ Microbial Inoculator/Generator in the septic tank to create an oxygen rich environment and cultivate an extensive colony of these same soil bacteria. The result is nearly complete consumption of the organic materials entering the septic tank. At the same time, the bacteria are carried into the leach field where they consume the organic material that has accumulated in the underlying soil. The drain field regains and/or maintains is capacity to deliver effluent to the soil for purification. We are also repairing leach fields for customers in Blackstone, Upton and Wrentham MA. If you are concerned that your septic system is not operating correctly, you need to schedule a septic repair or if you have questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Cesspool Replacements and Cesspool Services Provided

Down to Earth Construction Services have been contacted by a customer in Wrentham MA who require a cesspool replacement. We also have cesspool services scheduled today in Bellingham, Blackstone, Franklin, Upton and Uxbridge MA. As stated on Mas Gov:

“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 need a Title 5 Inspection to be done. Title 5 does not require that cesspools be replaced however:

“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”.

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq

If you are not on town sewer and have a cesspool which you are concerned may need replacing or simply needs servicing please contact our Norton office to answer your questions or schedule an appointment on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com

Septic Installation Starting in Bolton MA

Down to Earth Construction Services are starting a septic installation today for a customer in Bolton MA. We have been working in this region for over a quarter of a century and can use all of this construction and septic experience to ensure that your septic installation is quickly, professionally and correctly carried out. We have the equipment and operators to install your septic system from initial excavation to the final landscaping and clear up. In this instance we have also provided our client with the septic design for the system. We have recently installed septic systems for customers in Mattapoisett, Upton, Dighton and Hingham MA. If you have any questions about septic installations, or septic systems please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Down to Earth Construction Services Have Title 5 Septic Inspections Scheduled Today

Down to Earth Construction Services install and repair septic systems as you would expect but we also provide septic system maintenance and inspections. In the State of Massachusetts Title 5 requires that your septic system is inspected by a licensed inspector in the following instances:

 

  • 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.

 

For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system


If you require a septic inspection for any of the above reasons please do contact us where we can schedule a septic inspection on short notice on your schedule. Today we already have other Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled in Clinton, Berlin, Bolton, Marlborough and Upton MA. If you have any questions about Title 5, Septic Inspections or if you need to schedule an appointment please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Cesspool Services and Cesspool Replacement In Massachusetts

Down to Earth Construction Services know that the word ‘cesspool’ does not conjure up pleasing images and if you are considering buying a property that word can certainly put a damper on enthusiasm you might have for it. However with the proper maintenance a cesspool is not the problem that you may fear. A cesspool is a pit which acts as both a settling chamber for solids and a leaching system for liquids. In Massachusetts a cesspool is not always required to be replaced. Infact as stated on the Mas Gov website:

 

‘Only 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” For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/title-5-faq


However a cesspool does generally require more ongoing maintenance than a conventional septic system and 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. Down to Earth Construction Services do provide property owners with cesspool services to ensure that they continue to operate correctly and efficiently. However if you decide to have you cesspool replaced we also have extensive experience with cesspool replacement. Today we have cesspool services and are starting a cesspool replacement in Wrentham, Upton, Marlborough, Bolton and Clinton MA. If you have a cesspool and have questions or if you need a cesspool service or replacement please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com

Thorough Septic Inspections Using State Of The Art Equipment

Down to Earth Construction Services has septic inspections scheduled today in Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin, Plainville, North Attleboro, Bellingham and Upton MA.Our septic inspections are very thorough and are conducted using state of the art color sewer camera equipment. Not only do we inspect the septic system, we also educate you about the proper care and use of the system. We will check the following conditions:

 

  • Condition of septic tank

  • Effluent level in tank

  • Need for pumping

  • Condition of tank baffles

  • Condition of effluent lift pump (non-gravity systems)

  • Condition of effluent pump chamber

  • Condition of pipe from tank to field

  • Condition of the distribution box

  • Soil clogging in drainfield

  • Tree or plant root intrusion

  • Accumulation of solds in leach field

 

We will check for the following symptoms of a failing septic system:

 

  • Slow draining pipes from house

  • Persistent wet areas over the drainfield

  • Sewage surfacing in the area of the septic tank of the D-box

  • Sewage seeping through the foundation

  • Elevated liquid level in drainfield

  • Vegetation over leach field being greener or more lush than rest of yard

  • Sewage odor in yard

  • Effluent flowing back from leach field to septic tank

 

We will provide you with guidelines to help you maximize the life of the septic system.

 

If you require a septic inspection ir if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic System Design For Norton Property

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a septic system design for a customer in Norton MA. 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. We have many years experience working in this region and know not only the state septic requirements but also those of the individual towns that we work in. Therefore we can help prevent delays for our customers which often happens if a septic design is not correct or doesn’t follow town BOH regulations. We have recently provided septic designs for customers in Berlin, Lakeville, Upton and Attleboro MA. If you need a septic system design or if you have septic questions please do contact our office in 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com


Septic Inspections From Customer and Realtor Referrals

Down to Earth Construction Services have been providing septic inspections to customers in this region for many years. This means that we have developed strong relationships with realtors in this area too because a vast majority of septic inspections that we carry out are for property owners who are selling their homes. We are proud of the relationships that we have built and a lot of our business comes from referrals either from happy customers or realtors who have referred our services to their clients because they have worked with us in the past and are happy to do so again. Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Wrentham, Franklin, Bellingham, Uxbridge, Blackstone and Upton MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com



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