Septic Repairs Including A Septic Alarm Investigation

Down to Earth Construction Services’ goal is to provide honest and reliable septic repairs and services to residential and commercial customers in Massachusetts. We use state-of-the-art equipment to target the exact source of your septic problems to reduce costs for our customers and minimize downtime. We take great pride in the work that we do and have never been unsuccessful in locating the exact problem through our troubleshooting services. Fast, quality, courteous service is our goal and we will respect both you and your property throughout the duration of our work on your septic system. The equipment we use is designed to keep your system as concealed as possible while reliably repairing it in the most cost effective manner. Today we have technicians investigating a septic alarm in Attleboro MA. The septic alarm is a small device in our customer’s tank that alerts them to a malfunction (such as a broken pump, a power failure, a leak inside or outside the tank, clogged drain pipes, or freezing within the pipes) within the septic system. We will locate their septic problem and repair their septic system. We also have septic repairs today in Marshfield, Carver, Taunton and Stoughton MA. If you have a septic repair that needs to be done it is wise to not delay please do call our office to either make an appointment or to ask any questions that you may have on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Septic Repair in Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic repair scheduled today for a customer in Attleboro MA. We are replacing their distribution Box (D-Box). A D-Box is exactly as it sounds it’s a box that moves, or distributes treated wastewater from your septic tank into your leach field or drain field. It must be level and installed correctly or your wastewater will not distribute evenly across your leach field and this can lead to over saturation and clogging which is not desirable. The d-box we are replacing was damaged when heavy equipment was mistakenly parked on top of it which broke and moved it. We have found that many property owners with septic systems while they know they have a septic tank sometimes forget that the leachfield and d-box are also essential parts of their septic system and must also be maintained. Here are a few simple tips to help you look after all parts of your septic system:

 

  • Minimize the use of the garbage disposal

  • Do not put grease down your drains

  • Spread loads of laundry out over time rather than doing multiple loads in a short period of time, and use liquid detergents rather than powdered detergents

  • Avoid excessively long showers

  • Avoid leaving tap water running when shaving, brushing teeth or doing other personal or household tasks

  • Do not flush medications, harmful chemicals, excessive amounts of bleach, harsh drain cleaners or degreasers

  • Have the septic tank pumped at least every three years

  • Do not add any septic systems cleaners, enzymes or additives

  • Remove water conditioning backwash discharges from the septic system

  • Do not plant trees and shrubs over leach fields

  • Do not flush personal products, paper towels, wipes or diapers

  • Do not clean or rinse paint brushes in the sinks

  • Equip all hot tubs, spas, whirlpool baths, etcetera with drain limiting valves that will only allow five gallons per minute to drain from fixture

  • Do not drive vehicles over leach fields


We also have septic repairs scheduled in Norton, Stoughton, Canton and Taunton MA and some of these repairs could have been avoided by following the above advice. If you have any questions about your septic system or if you need a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

Title 5 Septic Inspections In Sharon and Surrounding Towns Today

Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 septic inspections scheduled today in Sharon, Canton, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Taunton and Raynham MA. We are generally required to do a septic inspection when a customer is selling their property. However there are other instances when an 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.

  •     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 the Mass Gov Website

 

If you need to scheduled a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Do You Know Why A D-Box Is An Essential Part Of Your Septic System?

Down to Earth Construction Services know that most people would not know what all the parts of a septic system are let alone what they do, even if they have a septic system servicing their own property. And that is perfectly normal, especially if you have a company such as Down to Earth Construction Services to rely upon to give you septic support when you need it. Today we have a D-Box replacement scheduled for a customer in East Bridgewater MA. This is an essential septic repair because your D-Box is a very important part of your septic system. The D-Box is not there to support an A, B and C Box as we have been asked before. D-Box stands for ‘Distribution Box’ and does exactly what you might expect. The distribution box is a component of the leach field system. The job of the distribution box is to evenly distribute the wastewater into the leach field (also known as the drain field). How does the septic distribution box work? Gravity plays a major role in helping the distribution box do its job or if that is not possible a septic pump is used. The water flows downhill where the distribution box is placed. This allows the water to flow into the box from the septic tank and then onto the leach field. Once the wastewater flows out of the septic tank it will move into the septic distribution box and out to the leach field lines. The size and shape of the box depends on the type of septic tank you have. A distribution box is most commonly made out of concrete or plastic and has several openings for the leach field lines where the wastewater can flow out. The distribution box is a major part of the septic system and it being able to function properly is very important. If the distribution box isn’t working correctly you will soon be dealing with leach field failure. Distribution boxes are most often worn down by time due to weather, like flooding and freezing, and improper care of the septic system. We will be able to provide a D-box replacement for our client before it caused any lasting damage to their leach field. We also have other septic repairs scheduled today in Mansfield, Stoughton, Canton, Sharon and Foxboro MA. If you require a D-Box replacement or septic repair or if you have any questions about your septic system please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit https://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/


The Property Owner is Responsible for Arranging Their Title 5 Septic Inspection When Selling

Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspection appointments scheduled today in Holliston, Canton, Sharon, Foxboro, and Stoughton MA. When you have a Title 5 septic inspection this is what is included:

 

  • General layout of the system components (location of the building sewer, septic tank or cesspool, distribution box and leaching field);

  • Type of use (e.g., house, school, retail space), Title 5 design flow, and whether the facility is presently occupied;

  • Analysis of the criteria specified in Title 5 that indicate system failure, and, for large systems, those which indicate threats to public health and the environment;

  • Water use records from the previous two years, if available;

  • A description of the septic tank, including its condition, approximate age, thickness of grease/scum layer, and other relevant information;

  • A characterization of the distribution box and dosing tanks with pumps, if any, such as condition and evidence of solids carryover or backup; and

  • The condition of the soil absorption system including, any signs of hydraulic failure.

 

We have found that many property owners who have scheduled an septic inspection do not know what it will entail because they have not needed to have one done before. Generally it is the seller of a property that is responsible to carrying out the septic inspection so unless you have previously owned and sold a property with a septic system you may not have previously needed to scheduled one.  This is made clear on the Mass Gov Website:

 

“The property owner or operator is responsible for arranging the inspection. The buyer and seller may change the responsibility for arranging the inspection prior to title transfer, provided that this change is put in writing and that the inspection still occurs within the specified timeframes.” 


If you require a Title 5 Septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit https://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/

Septic System Installation in Attleboro MA

Down to Earth Construction Services are beginning a septic system installation today in Attleboro MA. Attleboro is a City of over 43,000 residents so it can be surprising that there are a large number of homes that are still serviced by a septic system and are not on town sewer. However as more homes are built, even in cities, it is becoming increasingly normal that residential homes will have their own septic system and not be connected to a town sewer. It is no longer only properties that are in remote locations that are serviced by septic systems. A septic system should not be something that property owners should be concerned by however and by following some simple guidelines and ensuring that you carry out septic pumping as necessary your septic system should not be any more problematic than being on town sewer. We have recently installed other septic systems for customers in Sharon, Carver and Stoughton MA. If you require a septic system installation or if you have any questions about septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit https://downtoearthconst.com/septic-services/



Title 5 Septic Inspection in Sharon For First Time Home Seller

Down to Earth Construction Services are providing a Title 5 Septic Inspection today to a customer in Sharon MA. This homeowner is a first time seller and needs to arrange for a septic inspection to be done on their septic system before Title transfer can take place. They have sensibly chosen to have their inspection done as soon as they decided that they wanted to sell their home. This means that the inspection will be completed without causing any delay to a future sale. Also if it does happen to highlight any problems they can have them fixed and not have to worry about this causing delays and a potential loss of sale. Once they have had their inspection carried out and it passes that is just one more positive for the home that their realtor can use to sell it for a good price. They do not need to be concerned about the inspection becoming invalid because it will be vaild for 2 years as stated on the Mass Gov Website. We also have other Title 5 Septic Inspection appointments scheduled today in Franklin, Foxboro, Bellingham, Blackstone and Stoughton MA. If you require a septic inspection or if you have any questions about inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Title 5 Septic Inspections In The Beautiful New England Fall

Down to Earth Construction Services are enjoying the Fall and beautiful scenery it brings with leaves changing and apples and pumpkins galore. However in New England Fall storms are also unavoidable. It is something that we are all used to and stormy days do not stop us working. Today we have Title 5 Septic Inspections in Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, Foxboro, Mansfield and Franklin MA. However should a septic inspection not be able to take place the State of Massachusetts makes allowances

“If weather conditions prevent an inspection before a sale, Title 5 allows the inspection to be done up to 6 months afterwards, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the need to complete the inspection.”

If we do find that we have to rearrange an inspection we will endeavour to find a time and date that is convenient to your timeline and schedule.

If you need to have a Title 5 Septic Inspection or if you have any questions about septic systems or septic inspections please do contact our Norton Office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services

What To Expect When You Have A Title 5 Inspection

Down to Earth Construction Services know that most people will only ever need to have a Title 5 Inspection (sometimes called a Title V Inspection) done when they sell a home with a septic system and, unless they move a lot, they are unlikely to need to have one done many times. Therefore it stands to reason that most people do not know what to expect when they schedule a septic inspection or even how to prepare for one. We have had more than one customer assume that a septic system should be pumped before an inspection takes places so that we can ‘see’ what we are inspecting. The is absolutely not the case. The State of Massachusetts requires that your system be inspected under “normal use conditions” for a minimum of 2 weeks or more. We regularly pump septic systems for customers after they have had their Title 5 septic inspection once it has passed however. Today we have Title 5 Inspection appointments scheduled in Stoughton, Canton, Sharon, Mansfield and East Bridgewater MA. This is what our customers can expect from their an official Title 5 Septic Inspection – the inspector will:

 

  • conduct an interview with the property owner

  • research the paperwork for your property at your city’s Board of Health Department

  • survey the general size of the building or list a summary of the number of bedrooms

  • inspects the connection from the house/building to the system

  • inspects the inlet/outlet of the septic tank

  • examines the integrity of the tank

  • measures the liquid/contents of the tank

  • examines the integrity of the distribution box

  • measures the liquid/contents of the distribution box

  • checks the soil absorption system (SAS) condition

  • checks the relation of the system’s water table to the SAS

  • examines the integrity of the pipes using a special “sewer cam” (our specialty service, not required by the state)

  • provides an official 17-page document to the local approving authority and the owner, including all findings and a detailed sketch of the system

 

If you require a Title 5 Inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections or septic systems please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit Down to Earth Construction Services


Signs That You Need A Septic Repair Should Not Be Ignored

Down to Earth Construction Services knows that the smell of sewage in your home or yard is not pleasant and is also unlikely to go away without a professional assistance. This is a sign that you have a septic problem and your system will likely need some septic attention whether that means a septic pumping or a septic repair to fix the underlying cause of the issue and prevent it from happening again. Indicators that you may have a septic problem include:

 

  • Rotten egg odor/ sewage smell coming from your plumbing/ yard or the septic tank

  • Sinks and baths draining slowly or or gurgling

  • Sewage backing up

  • Wastewater appearing on the ground above your drain field

  • Much greener and lusher grass over your drain field compared to the rest of your yard


Today we have septic repair appointments scheduled for customers in Sharon, Stoughton, Taunton, Lakeville, Mansfield and Norton MA. If you have a concern about your septic system, if you have any septic system questions or if you need to schedule a septic repair please do contact our Norton office on 508-622-5759 or visit the Down to Earth Construction Services Website