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Cesspool Services by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has cesspool services scheduled in Wrentham, Foxboro, Franklin, Bellingham, Sharon, Mansfield, and Norton, MA today . 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.  Cesspools require regular maintenance to ensure that they are operating correctly.  If this maintenance is neglected severe environmental repercussions can result.  Down to Earth Construction has also carried out cesspool replacement for customers whose cesspools have failed and so needed a septic system to be put in. Within Massachusetts Title 5 does not require that cesspools be replaced. As stated on the Massachusetts Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:


“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 (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).”
If you have a cesspool that requires service, maintenance or needs to be replaced please do contact our office at508-622-5759 or

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Septic System Installation by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has a septic installation starting today for a private homeowner in Holliston, MA . The homeowner is adding an extensive addition to their home including two extra bedrooms so they require a septic system that will support this.  Down to Earth Construction Services has the equipment for excavations without needing to reply upon contractors, so we can be sure that our work is carried out to our high, professional, and exacting standards. We have experience with many different septic system installations recently in the region, including installations in Upton, Norton, Acushnet, and Middleboro, MA.  If you require a septic installation or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Call for Your Title 5 Inspection

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Dighton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Berkley, Bridgetown, Freetown, and Lakeville, MA.  If you are selling a property in Massachusetts, you are likely to require a Title 5 Inspection to be carried out.  If you need to arrange an appointment or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit


Camouflaging Septic Tank Risers

risersHow do you keep your septic tank risers out of sight?

If you have had your septic system outfitted with the proper septic tank risers, you most likely have a cover sitting in the middle of your garden, lawn or somewhere unsightly. Keeping these covers easily accessible is important, but that doesn’t mean you have to put a sign on them! Hiding these risers is very simple and easy, and can be done without getting in the way of someone servicing your system.

The simplest way is to just put a light fake stone or decorative item on the cover. The key here is to keep it light, you don’t want to damage your system and the service company can pump the system as needed. A lighthouse, light birdbath or other decorative lawn ornament is an easy way to keep that riser out of sight!

Another way is to plant small plants around it. This will effectively camouflage the cover from most people. Keep in mind that should anyone need to access the tank, the plants may get in the way so be sure to leave space somewhere so the septic crew can get to the tank unhindered.

Rock features or stepping stones are another great way to keep the cover out of sight. Placing these around the cover with some light decorative item over the cover itself is a great way to hide the riser. It also may be a way to ad a nice decorative piece to your lawn!



If you need an inspection, have questions or need septic services, please call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 or visit


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Choose Down to Earth Construction for Your Septic Consultation

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction has extensive experience consulting with both private homeowners and commercial property owners, to design septic systems that are appropriate to their needs, the location, and any legal and environmental constraints that may be present.  Down to Earth Construction Services have many years of experience in this region with different towns specific septic requirements which do vary from town to town.  Having a company with this regional experience design your septic system can prevent delays, and therefore, reduce total costs later on because we can avoid problems that can be created if you are not aware of regional differences.  We have a septic system design consultation today in our Norton office for a commercial client based in Wayland, MA.  If you need a septic design or have any questions about the septic system design process please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Tackles Large and Small Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services are available if you have septic repairs that need to be done.  April showers are not just a saying and extensive rain at this time of year can lead to problems with your septic system if it is not properly maintained or used.  If you notice that your drain field is flooded and the water is not receding, or you have slow flowing drains, water backing up into your basement, slow flushing toilets, or strange noises coming from your plumbing, these could be indications that you might require a septic repair.  It is generally advisable to have problems addressed quickly to prevent larger or more expensive repairs or failures later on.  Down to Earth Construction Services are carrying out septic repairs for customers in North Attleboro, Plainville, Norton, West Bridgewater, Wrentham, and Attleboro today.  We take on smaller septic repairs, septic pump and d-box repairs, and larger projects such as leach field or drain field repairs. We have the equipment for excavating, if this is necessary, without having to reply upon contractors.  If you need to schedule a septic repair or if you have concerns or questions about your septic system please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Schedule Septic Services with Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have septic services scheduled for clients today in Freetown, Lakeville, Taunton, Raynham, Marion, Carver, and Norton, MA.  Regular maintenance of your septic system will keep your system working efficiently and can prevent costly repairs. We have septic services scheduled for our clients on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis. These appointments are scheduled in advance and clients do not even usually need to be present for the service, so it is not disruptive or time consuming for our clients.  It gives them peace of mind that their septic system is operating correctly.  If you wish to schedule a septic service or if you have any questions please do contact us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Construction Addresses Septic System Concerns

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services has septic system repairs today in Bellingham, Franklin, Foxboro, Blackstone, Canton, Sharon, and Mansfield, MA, for customers who have contacted us because they are concerned that their septic system may not be operating correctly.  It is wise to have septic concerns addressed promptly because if you ignore indications that there may be a problem with your septic system, it could become a much more costly septic repair or failure in the future. Signs of a problem may include, slow draining toilets and sinks, gurgling noises within the plumbing, sewage odors inside, continuing drainage backups, or bacteria in the well water.  If any of these symptoms exist, check for more pronounced indications of a septic system failure.  Check the absorption field for unusually strong odors.  The typical visually identifiable sign of a septic failure is lush patches of grass or areas in which the plants are flourishing much more than other areas.  Another indicator of a septic failure is the presence of pooled effluent on the surface of the yard. If this has happened, it means the surrounding soil has become saturated with untreated waste material.  If you have these signs or any other concerns that your septic system needs a repair, please do contact our office for more information or to make an appointment at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Experts in Septic Design, Installation and Inspection

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services had a septic system installation in Rochester, MA starting yesterday.  Our client  initially needed a septic design for a septic system because they needed to replace a failing cesspool on their property.  We have the experience and knowledge to provide a septic design that was tailored to their individual needs and those of their property. Yesterday we started the septic system installation because our client chose to continue to use our services. They are confident in our professionalism and ability to install their system quickly and correctly with minimum disruption.  We have the equipment and operators for the excavation,  groundworks and total installation without needing to use a subcontractor so we can ensure that the installation is done to our exacting standards. We will also provide regular septic system services following the installation. We have recent experience with septic system installations in Oxford, Uxbridge, Marlborough, and Mattapoisett, MA.  If you need a septic system installation or if you have any questions please do contact us.

Down to Earth Construction Services also have septic inspections scheduled today in Berkley, Dighton, Norton, Freetown, Fall River, Fairhaven, Acushnet, and Mattapoisett, MA.  Most of the septic inspections that we do are for properties which are being sold.  However, we also have an inspection today for a property which has had an addition which included two bedrooms.  As specified by The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs of Massachusetts:

“A system must be inspected upon any change of use or increase in design flow, BUT ONLY IF the change or expansion also requires a building permit or occupancy permit from the local building inspector. Examples include adding a bedroom to a house, adding seats to a restaurant, or changing the type of business operating at a commercial location. Check with the Building Department and/or Board of Health to find out if your situation requires a building or occupancy permit which will trigger a system inspection.


Any change in the footprint of a building also requires an inspection to determine the location of the system, to ensure that construction will not be located on top of any system components or on the reserve area. If official records are available to determine the location of the system components, this requirement may be waived. Check with your local Board of Health.
If you need to schedule a septic inspection or if you have any questions about septic inspections please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit


Rainy Weather and Your Septic System

rainRain, Rain Go Away!

Heavy rains can cause septic issues.   Significant rainfall can quickly flood the ground around the leach field or drainfield leaving it saturated and making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system. When the water has nowhere to go, it can eventually travels backward through the plumbing system and back into drains and toilets and into your home.   When the  drainfield becomes flooded, it  can also lead to untreated sewage flowing into the groundwater and local streams.   This can lead to environmental contamination.

There are things you can do to help minimize any damage to the way your septic system functions and keep everything functioning smoothly.

Before it starts to rain:

  • Prevention is always the best bet.  Make sure your septic system is properly maintained, and is regularly pumped.  Septic problems can be worse if your tank needs to be pumped or the system has not been properly maintained.
  • Keeping water away from the home and the drain field is key.   Rain gutters are important. Make sure all gutters drain away from the drainfield area so as not to saturate the area, and make sure you clean the gutters in the fall and spring to help the water drain properly.
  • Maintenance of your drain field is essential.  Do not drive any heavy equipment or other vehicles that could compact the soil over the drainfield. This can compromise the soil absorption field’s ability to treat wastewater. Also, plant only grass above the drainfield or groundcover with shallow roots.  Do not plant any trees or vegetation with deep roots which could harm the leach field.

During the rainstorm:

  • If  you begin to notice that your drainfield is flooded, be alert to drains that are not draining quickly, toilets that flush slower or make strange sounds, or water that is backing up into your basement.   To take pressure off your system and allow it to recoup, use it less.  If possible, reduce or eliminate water going down the drains until the drainfield dries out.  Hold off on laundry until the water recedes.  Try to cut back on showers, and dishwashing and flush the toilet only when necessary.  It should only be a day or two until the rain stops and the sun dries up some of the excess water.

After the Storm

  • If the water does not recede and you suspect that your septic system is still not working properly, it’s time to call in a professional.  Septic Preservation is able to quickly come out and check your system and offer a solution.  It may include pumping the system or repairs may be needed.   Do not wait to have your system checked.  This could greatly increase your chances of major septic repairs or septic system failure.
  • Septic Preservation also has a great septic maintenance program.  Take the worry out of your septic system and call Septic Preservation at 877-378-4279 and let them put you on their maintenance program.  This can help you extend the life of your system.  Visit for more information.