A Complete Range of Residential & Commercial Excavation & Septic System Services
At US General we are experts in septic system Title V, excavation, demolition, installation, site work, repair, maintenance, inspection, testing, and even landscaping near and around your septic system.
We’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured and offer complete septic system excavation services and guaranteed customer satisfaction for residential, commercial, industrial, and town projects.
Following is a listing of the septic system services we provide.
New Septic System Installation
New septic system installation includes installing a septic system in a new home or replacing an existing septic tank. There are regulatory issues that must be addressed, you’ll often have to get a permit from your local town, and there are plumbing and environmental issues to consider.*
Evaluating the Site
First we must determine how large the drainage field and septic tank must be. This is based on how much wastewater your house or business will produce and by a soil analysis. There are two tests that are used, a percolation (or “perc”) test and a site evaluation. A site evaluation is much more involved but more accurate—but usually means that some 6-10 foot holes be dug on your property by a backhoe.
Installing the Holding Tank
Before your septic tank location is decided upon, we must check your local regulations as well as the soil quality. Most cities and towns require the tank and the leaching field to be situated a minimum distance from houses, wells, streams, etc. Because septic tanks are underground, installation requires a backhoe to dig the hole. Then inlet and outlet pipes are laid.
Installing the Leaching Field
Your leaching field size is dependent upon the size of your septic tanks, your soil type, and the technology chosen to absorb the wastewater. We will advise and guide you through the entire process.
Excavation & Site Work
US General offers general excavation and complete site work services for large or small jobs, commercial and residential. We have the capability, personnel, experience, and equipment to get the job done efficiently and cost-effectively. This includes:
- Septic system excavation
- Foundation prep via excavation or clearing of land
- Driveways and walkways
- Stump removal
- Septic and sewer systems
- Water lines
- Permits and fees (prep and approval)
In addition, we will take care of the landscaping near and around your septic system. There are codes and guidelines with regard to drain fields, mounds, and treatment of sewage when it comes to landscaping. The location of the mound as well as its size, shape, and construction all contribute to how well your system will function.
Plants remove moisture from the soil and help to prevent erosion, but their placement must be done with care.
Complete Demolition Services—Septic Tanks, Buildings, Foundations & More
At US General, we offer a full range of demolition services for commercial and residential customers. From septic tank removal to demolition of houses and foundations, we have the professional, highly trained team and heavy-duty equipment to handle the job.
Septic tank demolition/removal is usually required when an underground tank is abandoned or when a new tank installation is done. An abandoned septic tank can be dangerous with regard to possible collapse than can cause injury. This type of demolition requires that appropriate safety measures be in place. The US General team does demolitions of any size and guarantees the safety of those nearby.
Septic System Inspections
Septic system inspections are necessary, especially for prospective property buyers. Most septic system inspections are non-invasive, meaning that the property does not need to be dug up. Following are a few steps that inspectors follow in a basic septic inspection.
- Examine the liquid level inside the septic system access areas.
- Turn on the water in the home or business and leave it running for a specified period of time in order for the liquid fill up.
- Check the access pipes as well as the absorption area surrounding the septic system.
- Inside of the home, flush toilets, run water, and identify drain lines to determine how the drainage system is set up.
Some defects which may be found are too much water seepage in the absorption area or a liquid level which is too high. Our inspector will make note of these potential defects and alert the prospective buyer. We’ll provide information to the buyer which can help determine whether or not the septic system is in need of repair. The buyer can then decide if the purchase is a wise idea or if the faulty septic system is too much to handle.
Perc Testing & Soil Evaluation
Title V, the Massachusetts law regulating septic systems, requires that a perc test be done by a license professional, and a thorough soil evaluation be performed by an engineer, prior to designing a new septic system or repairing an existing one.
The US General team will assess your site. We will use the latest technology including soil maps, wetland areas, topography, drainage patterns, and protected resource areas to accurately decide where and when to perc.
Sometimes Massachusetts allows soil to be tested in a soil lab. This is permitted for repairs only, and can be useful for year-round projects.
US General has performed hundreds of these tests. Our expertise ensures the best results for our clients.
Septic System Maintenance & Septic System Repairs
There are problems that can arise from a poorly maintained septic system. These include an unpleasant odor, inadequate filtering of wastewater, and leakage/ overflow of toxic solids.
As mentioned above under “Septic System Inspections,” issues can arise regarding drainage, including overgrown roots, damaged pipes, and sludge blockage. If not addressed, these problems can cause costly damage to your absorption field. It’s best to get your septic system inspected in a timely manner.
Control the Waste in Your Septic System
You can prolong the life of your septic system by cutting down on the amount of water you use, avoiding use of a garbage disposal, and avoiding regular use of chemicals (e.g., water softeners and drain cleaners) that kill bacteria your septic system needs.
Other Contracting Services
You can also contact US General for any of your contracting needs. We have a wide array of experienced subcontractors with whom we work on a regular basis offering masonry, asphalt, irrigation, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and demolition.