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How Much Does a Septic System Cost to Replace?

- Friday, April 01, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Septic System Construction Fiskdale, MA

If a house is listed at a lower price because of a failed septic system, it could be a tremendous steal depending on the type of system that will need to be installed. The cost of installing a new septic in the same place as the old one usually ranges from $10,000 to $15,000, depending on the soil and the type of system that will be installed.

Who pays for septic system repairs: The buyer or the seller?

In most states, including Massachusetts, home sellers must pay for the cost of repairing the septic—or if it’s irreparable, you might be able to persuade the sellers to replace it entirely.

Septic systems and home improvements

If you’re planning a large remodel in a home with a septic system, one thing to know is that any major improvements would require the owner to hook up to the public sewer system first (assuming it’s available, of course). In this case, the condition of the septic tank isn’t a factor as it will no longer be in use.

The cost of connecting to the municipal sewer system falls to the buyer, and is far from cheap.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.


Should You Buy a House With a Septic System That is in Disrepair?

- Friday, March 25, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction - Leaking Septic System Tank

Should you buy a house with a bad septic system? You might wrestle with this question if you fall in love with a home only to find out during the home inspection that the septic system is in serious disrepair.

Properties usually have septic systems for one of two reasons: The home is in a rural area with no public sewer available or the home is older, and while it previously didn’t have access to a public sewer, it now does—but may have not been hooked up yet.

The good news is that a bad septic system doesn’t automatically mean you should flush your hopes of purchasing the home. Here’s when a bad septic system is a deal breaker and when it’s not.

Bad septic system: Repair or replace?

Septics are a simple system—water goes into the septic tank and displaces the same amount of water that travels to the drain field.

Common problems with septics include tree roots impacting the soil around the drain field. A simple fix could be as easy as clearing the roots. Or a septic may be failing because a tank baffle—what separates a tank from the drain field—needs repairing. In both cases, a septic professional can inspect the system and determine if a repair is possible. Such minor repairs may range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

But here’s the thing: If there isn’t an easy fix available, a bad septic will need to be completely replaced, or it will fail. Failure means the septic can no longer treat and distribute wastewater. Signs that a house needs a new septic system include toilets that drain slowly and standing wastewater on the ground above the drain field.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.


How Often Should You Get a Septic System Inspection?

- Friday, March 18, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Septic System Inspection

Experts say you should get a septic system inspection every three years. But here’s a dose of reality: Most homeowners never get their septic systems inspected unless there is a notable issue.

But that means homeowners get an inspection only when issues that may signal big trouble arise, such as when the toilet backs up, water takes too long to drain, or there’s an actual septic system leakage. The benefit of doing an inspection every three years is to avoid major problems like these.

The three-year mark is also the maximum amount of time you should let your septic system go without being pumped out.

A problem caught at inspection can save you from having to replace the entire septic system (read: shell out a ton of money). It’s especially important to keep your septic system in good shape if you plan on selling. During closing, a certified inspection will be performed and you don’t want any last-minute surprises.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.


Protect Your Septic System as the Snow Melts

- Friday, March 11, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction - Septic Tank Care in Winter

Spring is here and the melt has begun! When the snow starts to melt, many individual home sewage treatment systems (septic systems) may become waterlogged or temporarily flooded.


  • drains running slow
  • toilets not flushing properly
  • water backup into floor drains in the basement

A septic system has two main components: a septic tank that traps and biologically degrades solid waste, and a drainfield that provides additional biological treatment as well as infiltrating the water into the ground. Household water flows from the house sewer system into the septic tank then out to the drainfield. Any situation that prevents or slows down the flow of water through the septic system can cause problems.

Throughout the winter, normal use of water in a house keeps the soil in and around the drainfield and septic tank from freezing. So when the snow starts melting, the water may infiltrate into the drainfield area instead of running off. This can cause a temporary "high water table" which can leak into the septic tank or saturate the drainfield. When this happens, the waste water coming from the house cannot move through the septic system easily.

So you don't have to deal with a mess here are some tips to help your septic system before and during the spring thaw:

  • The first thing to do is make sure there are no leaking fixtures in the house. A drop of water every 15 seconds can add up to a lot of additional water added to the septic system.
  • Reduce water use.
  • Check faucets, shower heads, toilets, sinks & any other water using devices for leaks & repair them as soon as possible.
  • Don't put the water from a basement sump pump into the septic system.
  • Don't let water from roof gutters or from the sump pump discharge into the drainfield area.
  • Reduce the number of times you flush the toilet, wash clothes at a laundromat, reduce the number of showers &/or baths each day & only run the dishwasher when it is full.

Common sense is the key to reducing water use in the house and helping your septic system through the spring thaw. Remember the drainfield was designed to infiltrate the amount of water normally discharged from the house. When additional water, either from rain, snow melt, or flooding is added to the drainfield, the ability to handle household water becomes limited.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.


Septic System Do's and Don'ts Fact Sheet

- Friday, March 04, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Be Septic Smart


What to Do If Your Septic System Fails

- Thursday, February 24, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction - Failing Septic System

Why septic systems fail

Most septic systems fail because of inappropriate design or poor maintenance. Some soil-based systems (those with a drain field) are installed at sites with inadequate or inappropriate soils, excessive slopes, or high ground water tables. These conditions can cause hydraulic failures and contamination of nearby water sources.

Failure to perform routine maintenance, such as pumping the septic tank generally at least every three to five years, can cause solids in the tank to migrate into the drain field and clog the system.

Whom to contact if you have problems with your septic system

Contact a local septic system service provider, your local health department, or onsite wastewater treatment regulatory agency.

What to do if your home floods

If sewage from your plumbing fixtures or onsite system backs up into your home, avoid contact with the sewage as it may contain harmful pathogens. Contact your local health department or regulatory agency for guidance.

After cleanup is complete, thoroughly wash all equipment, tools, and clothing used during cleaning as well as the flooded area. Disinfect all items or areas exposed with a mixture of 90 percent water and 10 percent household bleach. The area should be dried out thoroughly and not used until it has been completely dry for at least 24 hours.

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Common Septic Tank Issues: Breach in Water Pipes

- Thursday, February 17, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction - Cleaning The Draining Pipe and Septic System

Pipes that are tattered with leakage or clogging will mostly lead to inadequate drainage and preventable damage to the septic system’s area. In other words, faulty pipes can worsen the possibility of damage in the winter season.

Leaks during the cold weather will also increase the chances of freezing, which will further weaken the device. Clogs will end up causing the wastewater to accumulate in the pipes. Frozen drainage can end up causing damage to the septic tank, which can also contaminate drinking water.

How to deal with it?

These problems can be solved by replacing or fixing leaky pipes before the winter arrives. Also, both clogs and leaks should be taken care of as soon as they are spotted in order to avoid escalating these problems into severity.

All in all, dealing with septic system issues during the winter season can be a lot of work and also brings trouble for most of us. It may also interfere with our fun times during this period. The best way to avoid these is by taking precautions and preparations before the cold season comes. Homeowners need to ensure that their septics systems are fault-free and not prone to freezing. By following the recommendations, your septic system will operate efficiently. You won’t have to worry about the inconvenience or dealing with frozen or damaged systems in the winter.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.


Septic Tank Issues Caused by Irregular Usage

- Friday, February 04, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction - Freezing Pipes

Did you know that the process of digesting organic waste by anaerobic bacteria tends to maintain the septic tank warm? That is why irregular use of water in a household during cold seasons can affect the septic system.

Using warm water on a daily basis will also help keep pipes from freezing. When septic tanks are not used frequently, they are more prone to freeze. In houses and other unoccupied properties for a long time, the system is unable to sustain a constant temperature due to the low level of water and sewage that flow through the system. This causes damage to the septic system.

How to deal with it?

If you or your family are planning to be away during the winter period, it is suggested that you empty your septic tank. You should schedule a pumping first before traveling to help keep the septic tank parts from freezing and bursting.

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Septic System Overuse or Improper Use by Guests

- Friday, January 28, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction Industries - Septic System Overuse

The Winter season is also a Holiday season. It means there are more celebrations and parties, as well as more meal planning and increased visitors. Your septic system could be overworked with additional shower and toilet use, laundry, and food preparation.

Moreover, we cannot avoid guests who always misuse the bathroom and sinks. Some are unfamiliar with septic systems and continuously flushing objects in the toilet, and that causes further damages to your septic. As seen on the site, there is a lot of information about different things that can impair your septic system. Make sure to maximize the use of the internet to learn more about septic systems.

How to deal with it?

The best way to prevent further complications is you can try arranging a scheduled time for showers and dishes. Besides that, remind your visitors of the proper use of the bathroom and kitchen sinks when staying with you. These may make you sound like a party-spoiler, but it is better than going through a mess because of a damaged septic system.

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Snow and Soil Pressure on Your Septic Tank

- Thursday, January 20, 2022
Morse Engineering and Construction - Septic System in Winter

Be careful where you park your vehicle as it can cause compacted soil and snow. Ensure that there are no heavy objects in the area above where the septic system is installed. The compacted soil and snow above could reduce the insulation of your septic system. It will build pressure and solidify the septic tanks. These will impede the proper treatment and drainage of the wastewater in the draining fields.

How to deal with it?

To prevent these issues, aerate the soil around your system before the winter season arrives. Aside from that, it would be best if you cleared the snow from your septic system, but stop moving around where your system is installed.

For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information.