If you are one of the thousands property owners in Maine with a septic system, it is extremely important to take good care of your septic tank and the overall system. This includes regular maintenance like pumping, and regularly inspecting the components of your system to ensure they operating correctly and won't cause you any problems in the future.
C&C Construction and Septic Services is a vacuum truck company that specializes in pumping out septic tanks of all sizes. We are based out of Phippsburg, Maine and serving Sagadahoc County and the surrounding area. Whether you need a septic tank pumped as part of your regular system maintenance, or because of a septic system emergency, C&C Construction and Septic Services can help!
How Do Our Septic Inspections Work?
The first part of our septic inspection is a quick consultation with (you) the homeowner or property owner. We will need to know things like how many bedrooms are in the home, how many people are living in the home, how old the septic system is, and what (if any) maintenance has been performed. With this knowledge we will have a better idea of what we need to look for with regards to your septic tank and your leach field.
Locating Your Septic Tank and Leach Field
Most homeowners know exactly where their septic system is located but if your home or property is older and has changed hands many times over the years, this information can be lost.
As properties become overgrown, additions built, landscaping performed, and the lay of the land changes, it's not uncommon for a septic tank to be "lost". It still works, it's just that nobody really knows where it is! We have various methods that we can employ to locate your tank and the different system components. This can often involve digging with shovels or our mini-excavator.
If we've had to dig to find your septic system it's a good idea to have a septic riser installed. Risers will make it easier to locate and access your septic tank and distribution box for future service. We can install septic tank risers as part of our services.
Visual Inspection Of The Tank & System
There isn't much to see inside of a septic tank but to a trained eye there are many clues that can tell us the health of your system. We are looking for cracks in the tank walls (easier to see after pumping), clogged tank baffles, clogged or missing effluent filters, proper septic pump functionality, and we will also have you flush your toilets so we can see the actual flow of waste water coming into the tank.
After a good visual inspection of the tank, we can use a special tool to check the scum and sludge layers of your tank.
Scum Layer: The scum layer is the top layer of your septic system. At first glance it might look like a very heavy foam, but it should resemble a very rich soil. You should see bugs and worms calling the sludge layer home, and this is a good sign that your tank is working correctly and breaking down the waste. If you scum layer is very deep, or nearly touching the top of the tank lid, it's a strong indication that your tank should be pumped.
Sludge Layer: The sludge layer are the solids built up in the bottom of your tank. Generally we are looking for a sludge layer of no more than 12 inches in depth, but this can also depend on the size and type of your system and how much use it receives. Too much sludge in your tank can cause problems with your system and will require a pump out.
For an additional fee we can visually inspect your distribution box for any problems. We will walk around your septic field to check for any visual problems, such as, pooling water, soft ground, or foul odors.
Inspection Of Your Septic Pump and Float System
If your system is gravity fed then you will not have a pump. If your septic system is "pushing" effluent up a slope, or you have a pressurized system, you will have a septic dose pump and it will also need to be inspected. When we inspect your septic pump we are looking for a number of potential issues:
- Clogged or blocked inlet screens
- Clogged or broken impellers
- Any wiring or electrical issues
- Float switch or timer performance and reliability
Video Inspection Of The Outlet and Inlet Pipes
If your system is running slowly, or you have sewage backing up into your drains, then we will likely need to complete a video inspection of your tank inlet, outlet and drain pipes. We are going to be looking for any blockages due to baby/flushable wipes, tree roots, fats, oils, or grease, and anything that would be blocking the flow of effluent into your tank. Our video inspection equipment can also be very useful when locating tank components, as it can record the distance it travels within your pipes. The video inspection can be recorded and provided to you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Septic System Inspections
A septic system inspection is a comprehensive evaluation of a property's on-site wastewater treatment system. It assesses the condition and functionality of the system's components, ensuring that it is operating effectively and in compliance with Maine state regulations. A septic inspection is typically performed by a licensed professional.
In Maine, septic system inspections are generally required when selling a property with an existing septic system, when applying for certain permits, or as part of regular maintenance. Some municipalities may have additional inspection requirements, so it's essential to check local regulations or speak with a licensed septic professional such as C&C Construction and Septic Services.
Septic system inspections in Maine must be performed by a Licensed Site Evaluator, Certified Septic Inspector, or a Registered Professional Engineer. These professionals have undergone specific training and are knowledgeable about Maine's septic system regulations and requirements. At C&C Construction & Septic Services we are licensed installers and we are able to provide septic system inspections.
A septic system inspection in Maine typically includes evaluating the system's age, location, and condition of components, such as the septic tank, distribution box, and drain field. The inspector will assess the system's overall condition, checking for signs of damage or failure, and verify that it is in compliance with state and local regulations. A detailed report can be provided after the inspection is completed.
While Maine state regulations do not mandate a specific inspection frequency, it is generally recommended that homeowners have their septic systems inspected every 3 to 5 years. Regular inspections can help identify potential issues before they become major problems, ensuring the system continues to operate effectively.
If your septic system fails an inspection in Maine, the inspector will provide you with a detailed report outlining the issues found. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need to repair or replace your septic system to bring it into compliance with state regulations. Failure to address these issues can result in fines or legal action.
If you need to have your septic tank or septic system inspected please call (207) 751-3715 or fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you promptly to schedule a time to provide service.