Morse Engineering and Construction Industries

Septic Systems Inspections and Maintenance

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 17, 2019
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Septic System Construction Fiskdale, MA

Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank?

If properly designed, constructed and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.

Why Should I Maintain My Septic System

When septic systems are properly designed, constructed, and maintained, they effectively reduce or eliminate most human health or environmental threats posed by pollutants in household wastewater. However, they require regular maintenance or they can fail. Septic systems need to be monitored to ensure that they work properly throughout their service lives.

Saving money

A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often the culprit. Having your septic system inspected regularly is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system. Your system will need pumping depending on how many people live in the house and the size of the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property value and could pose a legal liability.

Protecting health and the environment

Other good reasons for safe treatment of sewage include preventing the spread of infection and disease and protecting water resources. Typical pollutants in household wastewater are nitrogen, phosphorus, and disease-causing bacteria and viruses. If a septic system is working properly, it will effectively remove most of these pollutants.

How Do I Maintain My Septic System

Inspect and pump frequently

You should have a typical septic system inspected at least every 3 years by a professional and your tank pumped as recommended by the inspector (generally every 3 to 5 years). Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected more often, generally once a year. Your service provider should inspect for leaks and look at the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank. If the bottom of the scum layer is within 6 inches of the bottom of the outlet tee or the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet tee, your tank needs to be pumped. Remember to note the sludge and scum levels determined by your service provider in your operation and maintenance records. This information will help you decide how often pumping is necessary.

Four major factors influence the frequency of pumping: the number of people in your household, the amount of wastewater generated (based on the number of people in the household and the amount of water used), the volume of solids in the wastewater (for example, using a garbage disposal increases the amount of solids), and septic tank size.

Some makers of septic tank additives claim that their products break down the sludge in septic tanks so the tanks never need to be pumped. Not everyone agrees on the effectiveness of additives. In fact, septic tanks already contain the microbes they need for effective treatment. Periodic pumping is a much better way to ensure that septic systems work properly and provide many years of service. Regardless, every septic tank requires periodic pumping.

In the service report, the pumper should note any repairs completed and whether the tank is in good condition. If the pumper recommends additional repairs he or she can’t perform, hire someone to make the repairs as soon as possible.

What Does a Septic Inspection Include?

  • Locating the system.
  • Uncovering access holes.
  • Flushing the toilets.
  • Checking for signs of back up.
  • Measuring scum and sludge layers.
  • Identifying any leaks.
  • Inspecting mechanical components.
  • Pumping the tank if necessary.

For more information on Septic Tank Inspections, contact Morse Engineering.


Septic Tank Care and Cleaning

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 11, 2019
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Septic System Construction Fiskdale, MA

The frequency of septic tank cleanings varies depending on the tank size, daily sewage intake and number of people it serves. Generally, septic tanks should be cleaned every 2 years, although it is not recommended as a “do-it-yourself” project.

Periodic pumping of the septic tank between cleanings is considered a homeowner responsibility. The need for pumping is normal and not a deficiency, however if you are in the market for a new home you may want a septic inspection. Failure to have your septic system regularly pumped may cause problems. Vehicles should not be driven or parked over septic tanks or on drainage fields. Trees and shrubbery should not be planted in the drain field either.

For more information on septic systems, contact Morse Engineering.

Happy New Year from Morse Engineering and Construction

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Home Construction

Happy New Year from Morse Engineering and Construction. We would like to thank our clients and our community for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2018. We wish you a wonderful and prosperous 2019!

If we have had the pleasure of being your for septic or site work, we hope that we provided the highest level of service. If you are in need of septic service or site work in 2019, we hope that you consider Morse Engineering and Construction for your home or business.

It is our sincere wish that in the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship. From all of us here at Morse Engineering and Construction, have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

Sincere best regards to you all.

Construction Site Work can be done in Winter

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 27, 2018
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Home Construction

There is a belief that construction site work cannot be done in the winter, but this is not the case. Others believe that perhaps concrete cannot be poured during the harsh New England winters because it will freeze before it will set. These myths are just that: myths.

With additives for concrete specifically designed to be used during cold weather, we can pour foundations and basement floors throughout the entire winter season with no adverse effects.

Construction site digging work can be done during the winter as long as the ground has been protected before the frost. If you are planning to dig during the winter, protecting the ground before a hard freeze can easily and inexpensively be done by spreading wood chips, hay, straw, or other mulch products. Leaves that have been raked up during fall cleanup are also an option as long as they are 12-18 inches deep. There is no longer a need to wait for the spring thaw to start your new home!

For more information, contact Morse Engineering.

Happy Holidays from Morse Engineering and Construction

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 20, 2018
Happy Holidays from Morse Engineering and Construction

Our warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at Morse Engineering and Construction. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that your success is our success. Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you and your business through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

Site Work for Home Construction Can Be Done at Any Time of Year

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 13, 2018
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Home Construction

Building a new home can be done any time of year. And at Morse Engineering and Construction, we are used to doing site work for new home construction in the winter. So if you have been thinking about building yourself a new home, and you want to take advantage of the mortgage rates before they rise some more, you can! At Morse, we are experienced in site work in Western Massachusetts during all times of year.

We take extra precautions with the ground digging, laying down hay, leaves, wood chips, or other mulch to keep the ground from freezing. Additionally, specially formulated cement is used to pour your new home’s foundation during the winter. You do not need to be concerned about the elements. So take advantage of these mortgage rates before they continue to rise and feel free to start your site work for your new home building project.

Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.

Resurfacing or Replacing An Asphalt Driveway

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 06, 2018

Your driveway has probably seen some wear and tear after years of winters, freezing and thawing. Patching the driveway is not always the best choice. If you have a few severe cracks and holes, or several smaller ones, it is not necessarily cost-effective or practical to patch them all. While patching the driveway does restore the structural strength it won’t look as nice, clean and neat as a newly resurfaced driveway. If you are concerned about curb appeal, resurfacing may be the best choice.

Resurfacing the Driveway

Resurfacing is completely removing and replacing the top layers of asphalt. The patching is done before the final top layer of asphalt is poured. This adds the structural strength and gives a look of a new driveway. And it’s a fraction of the cost of complete replacement of an asphalt driveway.

Resurfacing can fix many badly damaged asphalt driveways. But it is not the right choice in all situations either. Some driveways have damage that extends to the foundation of the driveway. Patching can fix relatively small failed areas but is not practical for bigger or multiple problems.

Replacing the Driveway

The older your driveway is, the more likely it is to need replacement. Driveways are exposed to massive forces and eventually these forces will take their toll. Patching or resurfacing an asphalt driveway that is more than 20 years old will be a temporary fix. Almost certainly a new problem or problems will develop after the repairs are complete.

Replacing the driveway is starting over. The upfront cost are higher but it is a long-term investment. With the right maintenance, a new driveway could be essentially trouble-free for another 20 or more years.

For more information on patching, replacing or resurfacing an asphalt driveway, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.

Benefits of Maintaining your Parking Lot Paving

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 29, 2018
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Parking Lot Paving

Your parking lot is the first thing customers and potential customers see when driving by or approaching your business. A well-maintained parking lot makes a great first impression, which can add to your brand, reputation, and image. But, a clean, crisp, and smooth parking lot also keeps customers and employees safe.

Benefits of a Well-Maintained Parking Lot

  • Give a lasting first impression to customers
  • Improves resale value of your property
  • Minimizes tenant turnover in commercial properties
  • Give pride to employees
  • Avoid accidents and falls caused by pot-holes and pavement cracks
  • Ensure code compliance for fire and ADA regulations

Asphalt in parking lots is weakened by sun and water, vehicle weight, temperature changes, and flexibility in the pavement. But, as business or property owners there are things you can do to prolong the life of your parking lot and your investment. A couple of important maintenance steps include: removing leaves, branches and other debris from the pavement to prevent moss growth which can break through and weaken pavement; and regularly filing cracks and sealcoating.

For more information on repaving or resurfacing a parking lot for a business, apartment complex, or school, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.

Happy Thanksgiving to Our Customers, Family, and Friends

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 19, 2018
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Septic System Construction

It is once again time to give thanks. If you have done business with us or are going to do business with us in 2019, it means a lot to us. The primary reason for this blog each week is to educate and inform our readers; as an ongoing act of giving thanks for the privilege of earning your continued trust and continued professional partnerships. So we're glad you're here.

We reflect today on the blessings that so many of you bring to both our personal and professional lives. Over the course of the last year, we hope that we have made a difference in both personal and professional lives as well. This is the true essence and a key measure of professional reward and business success.

It is our sincerest wish that all of you bask in the joy of reflection and thanks within the warm confines of family and friends this Thanksgiving Holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- from all of us here at Morse Engineering and Construction.

Reasons to Start Your Construction Project in Winter

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 15, 2018
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Septic System Construction

Winter is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean you need to put your construction plans on hold until the spring. Although winter construction does pose a few challenges, most can be overcome (or planned around). And there are many advantages to starting work now.

1. Better availability of general and subcontractors

The most important and significant advantage to starting work in January or February is that, quite frankly, many think of construction as something that must be done in warmer temperatures. That means general contractors and subcontractors are more available to do your work, setting off a slew of related benefits.

2. Less downtime due to scheduling conflicts

Scheduling conflicts with subcontractors are a top reason projects miss deadlines. It takes a lot of strategizing and careful planning to make all the pieces of a project fall into place, and project managers build time into production schedules assuming there will be delays at some point. We all know that if one element of a project is delayed, there is a domino effect on all the work that follows. With less work typically being done in winter, there is less competition for subcontractors’ time. That makes it easier to keep your project on schedule. It may even mean your project will be completed more quickly due to less downtime.

3. Quicker permits/approvals

Because less construction is going on in winter, there are fewer permit submittals. That translates to quicker approval by municipalities. Many cities and townships are still understaffed due to the recession of 2008, and they can get overwhelmed with building requests during the busy construction season. Depending on the size of your project and the amount of permits, licenses and inspections needed, delays with municipalities can add significant time to your project. Submitting your requests and completing your work during “off” months can shave weeks off approval times.

4. Union rates haven’t been hiked yet

Unions standardly increase their rates in June, just as the heavy construction season is gearing up. Starting and completing your project before then can save you money.

5. Advance planning for larger projects locks in subcontractors

If you are planning a ground-up project for 2018, you can realize some of these benefits by starting your project timeline now. Locking in subcontractors for future work now will help you avoid delays later.

Of course there are certain construction projects that lend themselves to being performed more easily in winter. However, advancements in equipment and careful planning can make even outdoor winter construction feasible.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.