Septic Tank Pumping & Septic System Inspection Specialists

Septic Tank Pumping

The State of Maine recommends that a residential tank under normal usage should be pumped every three to five years. Regular appointments can be scheduled with us at Maine Septic & Pumping. A build-up of sludge and scum can reduce the effective capacity of your septic tank. Read more

Septic System Inspections

Maine Septic & Pumping has certified septic inspectors and uses old fashion digging and up-to-date camera-eye technology to give you a thorough septic inspection. A thorough inspection includes locating, digging and removing the covers on the treatment tank. Assessing the baffles; the sludge and scum levels in the tank; and checking the general integrity of the tank. Pumping is suggested to complete the tank inspection. The inspection continues tracing the exiting pipe from the treatment tank to the pump chamber and/or distribution box and out to the absorption area. These items are located, dug and inspected. The absorption area will have one to two test areas dug to determine the liquid levels in this area.

Benefits of an Inspection:

  •  Provides the home buyer with a detailed report of the location and condition of the system components at the time of the inspection.
  • The data collected assists the home buyer with their purchasing decision.

Warning signs of a failing system

  • Slow draining toilets or drains.
  • Sewage odors.
  • Sewage back-ups in the house.
  • Sewage surfacing over the absorption area, especially after storms.
  • Lush, green growth over the absorption area.

Any of these warning signs could indicate a system failure or that the tank needs to be pumped.  A licensed septic contractor can pump and/or inspect your septic system.

Caring for your Septic System

In order to keep your septic system working properly it must be maintained regularly.  Regular maintenance includes pumping your tank every three to five years to remove the solids that accumulate at the bottom of the tank.

A poorly maintained septic system can result in system failure, which can:

  • Harm the environment, especially lakes, streams and groundwater.
  • Create a serious health threat to your family and neighbors.
  • Reduce the value of your property.
  • Become expensive to repair.
  • If your septic system is located in a public water supply watershed, you could put the water supply users at risk.