Down to Earth Construction Services had its monthly safety meeting today. The safety of our employees and customers is of the utmost importance to us so we ensure that we stay ahead of safety training, safety procedures and that our equipment is safe and our employees know how to use it correctly. Even though it is raining today part of our safety commitment is ensuring that our staff are safe whatever the weather so today our meeting covered heat stress and sun exposure training to ensure that our staff know how to work safely when the sun does show itself. We also focused on trailer safety for open, closed and equipment trailers including correct loading, tie down and visual inspections. This is very important because especially when we are doing excavation with large equipment or a septic installation with the necessary machines and equipment we need to be certain that it is moved safety to the site and also used correctly and safely. We have recently completed septic system installations in Bridgewater, Wayland, Clinton and Southborough. If you need septic services or have any questions about septic systems or the services we provide please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit http://www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that with snow on the ground from previous storms and more expected this weekend many property owners are not considering extensive construction work. Who can excavate in frozen ground and the resulting slush and mud? While it is true that we will not be able to do a septic system installation when the ground is frozen solid what we can do is all of the background paperwork that is required in addition to the physical work. When a property owner requires a septic system installation we can provide the septic designs working with our customer to design a septic system that works for their specific needs and those of their property, budget and the environment. We have extensive experience in this region so we know each individual town’s septic requirements and the state regulations so we can ensure that your septic system will be correct and there will not be delays caused by paperwork problems once work has started. We have recently provided septic designs and septic system installations to customers in Canton, Marlborough, Wrentham and Wayland MA. If you would be interested in a septic designs, septic installation or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have Massachusetts licensed septic inspectors and have been carrying out thorough and reliable septic system inspections in this region 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 Wayland, Canton, Stoughton, Sharon and Holliston MA and most are for property transfers but one is for a voluntary 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.”
For more information see: https://www.mass.gov/guides/buying-or-selling-property-with-a-septic-system
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 or assessment, 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 www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services have certified septic inspectors with the most up to date equipment who are ready to provide our customers with thorough, reliable septic inspections. If your property is not on town sewer it is essential that your septic system is working correctly to ensure that your waste is being processed correctly. Also when you are selling a property Title 5 requires a septic inspection to have been done within the last two years. Unless you have a new home or bought your property in the last two years this will usually mean that you will need to have a septic inspection carried out before Title to the property can be transferred. The benefit is that once you have had the inspection done it is good for two years so you can have the inspection carried out at the start of your selling process so once it is completed that is a selling point and wont cause delays later on. So it is always advisable to have your septic inspection done as soon as you decide you are selling your property. Other benefits of an inspection include:
Keeping you informed of the status of your septic system. Your system must be maintained to ensure it continues to operate correctly. The inspection will notify you if it is time to have your septic pumped or for any other maintenance
An Inspection will identify any repairs that need to be done to your system. Spotting small septic problems can result in a quick, easy and inexpensive repair in contrast to a large, messy and expensive repair if a problem is left to get more extensive.
If you are selling your property it provides a home buyer with a detailed report of the location and condition of your septic system components at the time of the inspection.The data collected assists the home buyer with their purchasing decision.
Today we have septic inspections scheduled in Wayland, Marlborough, Bolton, Clinton, Upton and Oxford MA. If you live in Massachusetts and you have a septic system servicing your property and need a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact us at our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services know that moving home at any time of the year is a stressful and time consuming business. If you are selling a home in addition to buying a home this just seems to double the workload. Therefore we try to make one small part of your move as painless as possible. If you are selling a home with a septic system in Massachusetts you are likely to need to have a Title 5 Inspection. As stated on the Mass Gov Website:
“In order to ensure that septic systems (conventional septic systems, cesspools, and innovative/alternative systems) are protective of human health and the environment, MassDEP generally requires that systems be inspected when a property is sold.
When is an inspection required?
When a property is sold to new owners, or there otherwise is a transfer of title to new owners, with certain exceptions.
“Title 5 does not require a system inspection if the transfer is of residential real property, and is between the following relationships:
(1) between current spouses;
(2) between parents and their children;
(3) between full siblings; and
(4) where the grantor transfers the real property to be held in a revocable or irrevocable trust, where at least one of the designated beneficiaries is of the first degree of relationship to the grantor”.
For more information see
We have extensive experience providing septic inspections in this region for property owners. We have excellent relationships with many realtors because they have worked with us before, in some instances on multiple occasions, and know that we provide through, reliable and prompt inspections to their clients. Many of our septic inspections come from referrals from realtors to their clients. Our Inspectors have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Wayland, Marlborough, Berlin, Bolton and Clinton MA. If you are moving and require more information on Title 5 Inspections or have any questions about septic systems please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services provides soil evaluations, PERC Testing and Engineering services to our clients when requested. Our trained experts at Down to Earth Construction Services can assist with all your septic engineering needs. We can provide services to improve or repair your property such as soil evaluations, septic design, land use planning and construction layouts for large or small commercial developments. We understand the details of septic requirements for Massachusetts and 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 Fairhaven 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 have recently also provided septic engineering services to clients in Clinton, Fall River, Oxford and Wayland MA. If you would be interested in these services or if you have any questions please do contact our office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com
Down to Earth Construction Services is here to provide assistance if a spooky noise is coming from your Septic System. Your Septic System probably does not have a ghost, even on Halloween, so we would suggest you call our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit www.downtoearthconst.com to discuss your concerns and we can arrange an onsite appointment if necessary. Our experienced technicians and inspectors can quickly locate and fix septic problems so you do not need to be scared of any frightening surprises from your septic system this Halloween. We already have septic repair appointments scheduled in Wayland, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Marlborough and Holliston MA so if you need to speak to us please do contact our office.
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