R.A. Briscoe, Inc.

R.A. Briscoe Inc.

Your One-Stop Service

61 Garrison Street
Groveland, MA 01834
Tel: 978-372-2200
Fax: 978-372-2450

Q: What steps are involved in installing a septic system?
  • Apply to the Health Dept for soil tests. An application is filled out & fees paid, the Health Dept will then set a date. The soil test will consist of 2 deep holes dug on your property and additional shallow ones for percolation tests.
  • Have a professional design a plan of the septic system. The plan will be submitted to the Health Dept for review. The Health Dept will send any comments to the designer of the plan, you will be copied on all letters sent, including letter of approval .
  • A permit may be required from the Conservation Commission if you have wetlands on or abutting your property. Your professional will inform you if this is required.
  • Hire a septic installer that is licensed to work in your town or city. Your local Dept of Health will have a list of installers licensed for the town the system is to be installed in. The installer will be the one building your new system according to the approved plan. They are responsible for making sure the system is inspected by both the Health Dept & engineer, and for submitting all paperwork.
  • Make sure your installer has obtained a Disposal Works Contruction Permit from the Health Dept before work begins.
  • Once the permit has been issued, the actual work can begin. The Health Dept staff will visit your property at least 3 times for inspections.
  • Make sure you receive a Certificate of Compliance signed by the Health Dept staff in the town the system was installed in. This is proof that the system was installed correctly.
At R.A. Briscoe Inc., all fees & permits are taken care of by our helpful staff.



Q: How does my system work?
A typical septic system has 4 main componants: a pipe from the home, a septic tank, a drainfield, and the soil. Microbes in the soildigets or remove most contaminants from wastewater before it eventually reaches groundwater.

Q: What does an inspection include?
Locating the system, uncovering access holes, flushing the toilets, checking for signs of back up, measuring scum & sludge layers, identifying any leaks, inspecting mechanical components, pumping the tank if necessary.

Q: How often should I have my system pumped?
Your system should be pumped as needed, generally every 3-5 years.

Q: hat are some of the causes of system failure?
  • Household cleaners & toxics such as oil based paints, solvents & large volumes of toxic cleaners should not enter the septic system. Small amounts of cleaners should be able to be recovered quickly by your systems bacteria. Minimize the amounts of cleaners by only using the recommended amounts on the labels. Wording such as "danger" or "poison" should be avoided going into your system.
  • Water purification systems, including water softeners being unnecessarily pump into the septic system can contribute to hundreds of gallon of water in the tank. This can cause agitation of solids & excess flow to the drainfield.
  • Flushing responsibly can help avoid system failure. Items such as Dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cigarette butts, cat litter & paper towels can clog & potentially damage septic system components.
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