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Title 5 Inspections with Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have septic inspections today in Acushnet, Freetown, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Carver and Middleboro, MA.  If you are selling a property in Massachusetts with a septic system, you are likely to need a Title 5 Inspection to be carried out.  Inspections required in connection with a property transfer generally are good for two years.  If a property is sold more than once in the two-year period, the single inspection is valid for all transfers.  When a system is pumped on an annual basis and the pumping records are available, an inspection is valid for three years.  So unless you are selling within 2 years of buying the property or you have had it pumped annually you will need a Septic Inspection to be done before you can transfer Title. If you want to schedule a septic inspection or if you have any further questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Tips for Commercial Septic System Property Owners

Commercial septic system

Most of the customer care information that you will find online with regard to septic systems is geared toward residential consumers.

Commercial septic system users have a completely unique set of guidelines, care tips and maintenance schedules that they need to adhere to in order to keep their systems in healthy running order. There are many commercial businesses that use septic systems including restaurants, schools, hospitals, beauty shops and laundry facilities.

Wastewater and Water Usage

One of the biggest concerns for both residential and commercial clients is water usage and the amount of wastewater it adds to the system. Commercial systems that discharge less than 10,000 gallons of sanitary wastewater each day fall under the Massachusetts Title 5 regulation and all of the associated requirements. This includes Title 5 Inspections and rules regarding cleaning, usage and pumping, as well as repairs or upgrades of failed systems.

However, commercial systems that discharge industrial wastewater or anything other than sanitary wastewater must first store the non-sanitary wastewater in an industrial wastewater holding tank. These businesses must apply for a permit to use the industrial wastewater holding tank. Any sanitary wastewater from these same commercial businesses can continue to be discharged into an on-site system. The point is just to separate the non-sanitary wastewater from the on-site system for proper processing.

Industry-Specific Issues

Certain types of commercial businesses must address specific issues that are related to their unique industry. For example, according to Massachusetts State Law, printers, photo processors and dry cleaners must be certified under the Environmental Results Program (ERP), which is a program for streamlined permitting and compliance, due to the types of chemicals and industrial waste produced by their facilities. Other types of businesses will have other types of requirements under the law.

Beauty Shops

Under Massachusetts law, these facilities are able to utilize a septic system for toilet waste and regular shampoo water as long as they are using less than the 10,000 gallons per day limit. Wastewater that comes from chemical treatments, such as hair color, perms, straighteners, etc., must be store in an industrial wastewater holding tank with a permit from MassDEP. To faciliate this, beauty shop owners can choose to direct all sinks to the holding tank or use a special sink that has been separately plumbed for use with chemical treatments to ensure that the wastewater goes to the holding tank.


As long as it remains under the 10,000 gallon per day threshold, hospitals can send all sanitary wastewater from sinks, showers, toilets and laundry to a septic system. In most cases, however, hospitals will use much more than 10,000 gallons per day. Lab waste is considered to be industrial wastewater and must be stored in a MassDEP permitted holding tank.

Laundry Facilities

Again, as long as sink and toilet waste are sanitary and under the 10,000 gallons per day maximum, this type of business can send their wastewater to an on-site septic system. However, any wastewater from the laundry itself must be stored in a permitted MassDEP industrial wastewater holding tank. Businesses that offer both laundry and drycleaning services must fall under the regulation of a Dry Cleaner and are required to be certified under the ERP.

Office Buildings

As long as no chemicals or otherwise considered industrial wastewater is being produced, most office buildings are eligible to use an on-site septic system for sanitary wastewater that results from toilet waste, sinks and showers as long as it is under the 10,000 gallons per day limit. In this case, no other permitting or certification would be required.


Sanitary wastewater under 10,000 gallons per day can be discharged into a septic system if it comes from sink or toilet waste. Due to the food preparation and cooking that goes on in this type of business, all restaurants are required by Massachusetts State Law to install grease traps that can handle the wastewater that comes from the food preparation stations in the kitchen. All restaurant grease traps should be inspected on a monthly basis and must be cleaned once the grease level hits 25% of capacity or every three months.

Grocery Stores

As long as they use less than 10,000 gallons of water per day, grocery stores can discharge the wastewater from sinks and toilets to a septic system. Food preparation areas must have grease traps installed and, as with restaurants, should be inspected monthly and cleaned every three months or when the grease level reaches 25% of capacity.

Call a Professional Service

If you run a commercial business in the State of Massachusetts, you should contact a professional septic system service to ensure that you are working within the parameters of local law. Septic Preservation Services has over 15 years of experience servicing, inspecting, repairing and cleaning septic systems for commercial and residential customers all over Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.  Call us today at 877-378-4279 or visit  for a professional consultation and evaluation of your septic system and help you stay on top of it all with our Preventative Maintenance Program.

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Septic System Installation by Down to Earth Construction

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have a septic system installation in Holliston, MA starting today.  Down to Earth Construction Services did the initial septic design for our client and have the skills, tools, and equipment for the septic engineering and excavating that a septic system installation requires.  We have installed septic systems for commercial properties, single and multifamily homes, and condominiums in Berlin, Upton, Clinton, Southborough and Bridgewater, MA recently.  If you need a new septic system or need to replace an old or failing septic system, please do contact us to discuss your options or to make an appointment.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Down to Earth Construction Services

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services wishes Happy Valentines Day to all of our customers and friends.  Love might be in the air today but what you don’t want is the smell of sewage to be in the air too.  Regular maintenance and servicing of your septic system can help ensure that you won’t have any smelly surprises from your septic system because a repair is necessary.  Down to Earth Construction Services are carrying out septic services for customers in Blackstone, Bellingham, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield and North Attleboro today.  We can schedule appointments on a quarterly, biannual or annual basis ,depending on our customers needs and those of their septic system.  If you don’t want to have the worry of looking after a septic system, contact our office so we can explain our services and how they will benefit you.  You can reach us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Down to Earth Experts in Septic Repairs

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have septic system repairs, including septic pump repairs and drainfield repairs scheduled today in Dighton, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Raynham, Swansea, Berkley and Taunton, MA.  Our technicians can quickly diagnose your septic problem and repair your septic system because we have the experience and tools to recognize and fix many different problems. We can also suggest courses of action that may prevent these repairs from being necessary again in the future.

If a septic system is not used correctly, repairs and sometimes septic system failures can happen and often some simple changes can avoid this.  Property owners need to be aware of all the liquids and solids that are introduced into their septic system. Some of these are obviously not a good idea including clothing, toys, diapers and household objects such as scouring pads. However, some may be slightly less obvious including oils, fats and grease, ‘flushable’ wipes, sanitary items, some cleaning products.  Be careful of what you introduce to your septic system and you may avoid some costly septic system repairs, but if you do need an appointmen,t please do contact our office.  It is always inadvisable to wait to have a septic problem looked at, and we can schedule appointments on short notice.  Call us at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Title 5 Septic Inspections

Down to Earth Down to Earth Construction Services have Title 5 Septic Inspections scheduled today in Swansea, Seekonk, Fall River, Marion, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Dighton and Taunton, MA.  If you are selling a property with a septic system you are likely to need a septic inspection before you can transfer property title . However at this time of year if weather conditions prevent an inspection before a sale, Title 5 allows the inspection to be done up to six months afterwards, provided that the seller notifies the buyer in writing of the need to complete the inspection.  For more information see the Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

For this reason Down to Earth Construction Services would recommend if you are selling a property that is not on town sewer and has a septic system that you do the inspection at the start of your sale process.  Inspections required in connection with a property transfer generally are good for two years.  If a property is sold more than once in the two-year period, the single inspection is valid for all transfers.  When a system is pumped on an annual basis and the pumping records are available, an inspection is valid for three years.  Therefore, you are unlikely to need to redo the inspection if you have it done early and having the inspection done early could prevent any delays later on caused by unexpected events such as a snowstorm, which are always possible in Massachusetts in the winter.  If you need to schedule a Title 5 Septic Inspection or have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Septic System Installation

Down to EarthDown to Earth Construction Services have a Septic System Installation today in Swansea, MA.  We have extensive experience with septic engineering and can design and install a new septic system for clients which is tailored to their individual requirements taking in factors such as property usage, bedrooms, environment and location.  We have the equipment necessary to do the excavation and installation without needing to outsource work so we can ensure that your septic system is installed correctly and in a timely manner with minimum disruption. We have installed septic systems recently for customers in Freetown, Marion, Lakeville, Wrentham and Marshfield, MA.  If you need to have a new septic system installed or if you have any questions please do contact our office at 508-622-5759 or visit

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Properly Maintaining Your Septic System

septic maintenanceA septic system that has been designed, built and maintained properly will effectively and efficiently reduce or eliminate most of the waste, health and environmental threats that can come as a result of household wastewater. However, despite a good design and quality workmanship, septic system care should include participation in a preventative maintenance program.

Regular maintenance is important to prevent septic system failure, which can be dangerous and costly to repair. Your septic system needs to be monitored by a professional inspector and service company to ensure that it is performing adequately for the number of persons living in your home and the amount of daily use.

Make sure to speak with a trusted septic service professional before making any changes to your system or usage patterns to ensure that you are working within the parameters of your system’s design and capabilities.
Proper septic system care will save you money in the long run.  A septic system that has failed will be very expensive to repair or replace and unfortunately, poor maintenance and care is usually the reason why most systems fail.

Signing up for a preventative maintenance program, such as the one offered by Septic Preservation Services is worth the cost associated with the service when you think about how much it would cost to replace the entire system after a failure. Your septic service professional will inspect and monitor your residential septic system to ensure that is in good working order.

Pumping should occur approximately every three to five years.   Your preventative maintenance program serviceman will let you know when your system needs to be pumped and will give you tips on how to properly maintain your septic system in the mean time.

Pumping will depend on the quality of your septic system, the number of people living in your home and the size of your tank and drainfield. A system that has failed can considerably lower your property value and could become a health and legal liability.
The health and welfare of you, your family, your guests, your neighbors and everyone in your community depends on your ability to maintain septic system care.  Because your septic system does the dirty job of processing and eliminating human waste from your home, improper maintenance can cause a lot of unhealthy problems.

A well-running septic system will work to prevent the spread of disease and infection. Regular septic system maintenance will ensure that the dangerous pathogens from your wastewater doesn’t reach the local groundwater supply. Other dangerous things that can be found in household wastewater include phosphorus, nitrogen and disease-causing bacteria.

Studies show that 25% of all homes in the United States use a septic system. Approximately 4 billion gallons of wastewater is dispersed below the surface each and every day. Septic systems that aren’t effectively treating the sewage in the drainfield can become a health hazard and a threat to drinking water, contaminating wells and surface waters. This can pose a threat of infection and disease not just to humans, but also to animals living in the area.

Surface waters, such as rivers, lakes and ponds, that become contaminated by improperly treated sewage can cause a variety of infectious diseases. Eye and ear infections are common, as are acute gastrointestinal illnesses. Diseases like hepatitis can also be spread throughout communities and to recreational water users and swimmers in this manner.
Now that we know why you should maintain your septic system, it’s time to talk about how to get the job done. We have already talked about getting in touch with your septic service provider to find out about a preventative maintenance program. Remember, Septic Preservation Services services customers all throughout  Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.  Their highly trained and experienced staff can help you with septic system care  all over the South Coast region.

You should also take the time to learn all you can about proper use of your septic system, how much water you should be using, ways to reduce the amount of water you put into your septic tank each day, things you should never flush down the toilet and other helpful tips. Your septic system service provider can help get you started with a clean and functional system and can help you develop good habits that will keep your system running effectively and efficiently.

Please call Septic Preservation Services at 877-378-4279 with all your septic questions and to set up a maintenance program.  Visit for more information.

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Overboard Discharge Repairs and Services

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services has overboard discharge (OBD) repairs and services scheduled today in Alna, Whitefield, Pittston, Gardiner, Palmero, Richmond and Bowdoinham, ME.  The Maine DEP’s Overboard Discharge (OBD) Program is responsible for regulating discharges of sanitary and household wastewater generated at residential or commercial locations to streams, rivers, bays, and the ocean.  All OBDs must be approved by the DEP through a licensing process.  Septic Preservation Services is the only Statewide contractor on the OBD Service contractor list provided by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.  For more information see  If you need more information or you need to schedule an overboard discharge (OBD) service or overboard discharge (OBD) repair, please contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit

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Cesspool Repacement

Septic Preservation Services Septic Preservation Services are doing a cesspool replacement for a customer in Acushnet, 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.  Over time, when the drainage area around the leaching pool becomes saturated, additional pools may have to be dug to handle the volume.  Cesspools must be treated to avoid harmful chemicals from forming and also to empty the pool which needs to be done regularly.  This is the reason which makes a cesspool require a high cost of maintenance.


In Massachusetts Title 5 does not require Cesspools to be replaced:


“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).” The Official Website of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs


We provide cesspool services, pump out services and cesspool replacement if requested.  We have worked with customers in Attleboro, Bridgewater, Raynham, Franklin, Sturbridge, Marion and Westford, MA recently to either replace cesspools which were required because of Title 5, or requested for financial or environmental reasons by the property owner.  We have also conducted cesspool services and pumping.
If your property has a cesspool, make sure that you work with a company that has extensive experience working with cesspools in Massachusetts.  If you have any questions or need to arrange an appointment please do contact our office at 877-378-4279 or visit