Septic System Design & Inspection

Preliminary Soil Testing

For residential lots we begin by determining with the home owner the number of bedrooms for the house and desired location of the house. Based on our conversations with the client, we are then able to determine the anticipated daily flows to the proposed septic system. Since the size of a septic system in the State of Maine is based on the daily flow being directed to it, we are then able to approximate the size of the septic system needed. We then visit the site and work with the client to determine a desirable area on the property where a septic system can feasibly be installed.

For commercial systems and other non-residential projects, we discuss various factors associated with the proposed development that will contribute to the daily sewage flows and follow this up with a site visit.

After the preliminary septic system sizing is determined, it is then necessary to conduct a soil investigation on the property to ensure that there is a site suitable to adequately treat the daily sewage flows. During the soil investigation, soil test pits are dug, analyzed and documented with regard to soil characteristics and evidence of groundwater or bedrock. The results of the soil investigation are used to determine the soil constraints of the site. By conducting the soil investigation in several locations, we are able to chose the best area for the septic system. Proper placement of a septic system can result in a quality system that will last for many years.

After the soil testing is complete, adjacent property lines located, neighboring wells identified, and on-site topography noted, we are then able to confirm the suitability of the site. This can be followed up by a septic system design if the land owner chooses.