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Spetic systems installed and repaired Ellsworth Maine


Atherton Construction for Septic Systems in Hancock County, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Mt. Desert Island area.


We offer full-service septic installations, including tank, drain field, and pipes. We determine the best place and size for your system. Atherton's Construction offers complete excavation services and is experienced in excavating building sites and excavating septic systems. Our company provides excavation services for development corporations, contractors and homeowners.

Septic Systems -full-service septic installations, including tank, drain field, and pipes

Excavation is generally the first stage of your project and, therefore, it is important to set the tone of how your project will be managed and how the surrounding owners are going to feel about your construction. At Atherton Excavation, no matter what your need, we always strive to service our customers in the most courteous and professional manner.

We have the ability to work in limited or confined space situations. This allows us to preserve the integrity of mature residential properties, negating the use of traditional excavators and material handling equipment. Complex jobs are started and completed in a timely manner.

Septic Maintenance Suggestions

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Household residents have a great effect on septic system performance. Using more water than the system was designed to handle can cause a failure. Also disposal of chemical or excess organic matter, such as that from a garbage disposal, can destroy a septic system. The following maintenance tips can help your system provide long-term, effective treatment of household waste.

1.      Inspect and Pump Frequently
The most important step to maintaining your septic tank is to remove sludge and scum build-up before it washes into the drain field. How often your tank needs pumping depends on the size of the tank, the number of people in your household, the volume of water used, and amount of solids (from humans, garbage disposals, and any other wastes) entering the system. Generally, tanks should be pumped every 2 to 3 years.

2.       Use Water Efficiently
Excessive water is a major cause of system failure. The soil under the septic system must absorb all of the water used in the home. Too much water from laundry, dishwasher, toilets, baths, and showers may not allow enough time for sludge and scum to separate. The less water used, the less water entering the septic system, resulting in less risk of system failure.

3.        Minimize Solid Waste Disposal
What goes down the drain can have a major impact on your septic system. Many materials do not decompose and will build up in your septic tank. Choose alternate disposal options, rather than putting it into your system.

4.       Keep Household Chemicals Out
Keep household chemicals out of your septic system, such as caustic drain openers, paints, pesticides, photographic chemicals, brake fluid, gasoline, and motor oil. Improper disposal of toxic chemicals down the drain is harmful to the environment, as well as the bacteria needed to break down wastes in the septic system.

5.       Septic System Additives
Adding a stimulator or an enhancer to a septic tank to help it function or "to restore bacterial balance" is not necessary. The naturally occurring bacteria needed for the septic system to work are already present in human feces.
What to Check For

-Like automobiles, septic systems are designed to provide long-term, effective treatment of household waste when properly operated and maintained. However, most systems that fail prematurely are due to improper maintenance.  If you notice any of the following or should you suspect your septic system may be having problems,

 Contact Steve Atherton for service if you notice the following conditions.

- Odors, surfacing sewage, wet spots, or lush vegetation growth in the drain field area
- Plumbing or septic tank backups (often a black liquid with a disagreeable odor)
- Slow draining fixtures
- Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system
- If you have a well and tests show the presence of coliform (bacteria) or nitrates, your drain field may be failing
- Lush green grass over the drain field, even during dry weather


We are proud to offer Septic Repair services anywhere in Hancock

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Excavation Services for Basements, full foundations slabs and Septic Systems in Hancock County, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Mt. Desert Island area.

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