For most people, the largest single financial investment of their lifetime is the house they call home. And no one would live with a leak in "the roof over their head"; that would be foolish and risk expensive repairs to your investment. Never mind the safety or comfort issues.

But many people are unaware of the dangers from leaks and damage down below their house or in their yard. Your septic system is a major component of the house itself, safely disposing both liquid and solid waste from your plumbing system - and if neglected, may lead to expensive repair costs and major lifestyle inconveniences.

    Shoreline Sanitation has been serving Connecticut for the past five decades and has the knowledge, equipment, expertise and experience to analyze, repair, maintain or install the correct solution to ensure the waste water discharge system is working properly. This helps conserve and avoid pollution of a precious natural resource - our water supply. All while saving money.

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  Cleaning your septic tank is the simplest, cheapest and most effective way to ensure your system will operate trouble free for years to come. See the section HOW SEPTIC SYSTEMS WORK further down this page, if you're not sure of all the terms discussed here.

We handle the routine tank cleanings as well as the not so routine. We can locate your tank with the latest electronic equipment. Shoreline Sanitation pioneered the use of video cameras to track down hard to find problems in pipes to minimize digging and disruption.

When trouble does happen, we are here to help. We take on tasks that range from the simplest of repairs such as a septic tank riser or baffle, to the most complex systems in some of the most environmentally sensitive areas in the state. We are here to serve you.

Regularly cleaning your septic tank is the most efficient way to maintain your septic system and save money. Most systems should be checked and cleaned every two to four years. However, if you have an older system, kitchen garbage disposal, large family or heavy water usage, then it makes sense to have service on an annual or bi-annual basis. Most solids are broken down by bacteria, but heavy usage will result in higher build-up of system clogging scum.

Shoreline Sanitation can inspect and clean your existing system and provide guidance on how to best maintain it for long effective use. We here to answer all your questions.


  With NO garbage disposal in use...

SOURCE: Penn State University Cooperate Extension Services
  Shoreline Sanitation can inspect your existing system, either to troubleshoot any problems or for household projects including remodeling that may impact your septic system.

The graphic on the right details the steps that Shoreline Sanitation takes in inspecting your system.

We meticulously inspect your system, from all sewer lines, baffles, filters and other components. We measure and map your system and use video camera inspection to assess the condition, checking off the condition of each component.

We are capable of providing you with the answers you'll need if your are remodeling or building, compliant with CT Department of Public Health regulations 19-13-B100a

Click here for CT Dept of Health 19-13-B100a regs

Here's a sampling of problems that Shoreline Sanitation has found during inspections, including some "inside the pipe" views with an inspection cam.

Broken Pipe

Roots Growing in Pipe

Belly or Dip in Pipe

Sludge Build-Up

Failed Septic System

Failed Distribution Box

Failed Drywell

Improper Irrigation Installation
  When a septic system needs repair, you'll be glad to know Shoreline Sanitation has the solution. We've seen most everything in this business and have the skilled workforce and necessary tools to tackle any problem. Shoreline Sanitation was the leader in using video inspection technology in CT and utilizes other techniques such as Spartan root cutters to high pressure water-jetting.

New Distribution Box Installation

New Riser - in compliance with CT

 DPH Jan. 1, 2000 code revision

Job completed !!!
  Proper design and installation of a septic system is essential for the system to work properly. Just as importantly, all work must be done according to various state and local ordinances designed to protect the environment. Connecticut Public Health Code regulations require that new septic tanks have a minimum capacity of 1,000 gallons and 1,250 gallons if a garbage disposal is installed.

Shoreline Sanitation has the knowledge, expertise and experience to design and install a septic system will last for years, ensuring that your investment will result in a trouble-free septic system, provided that you maintain the system properly with regular cleanings.


1,000 gallon septic tank

4 x 4 galleries

Ruck A Units

Mantis leaching modules


Tee pee galleries

Shallow galleries

GST leaching system

Infiltrator chambers

All solid and liquid waste flows through your house's plumbing out your house-septic line (1) into a septic tank (2). Inside the septic tank, liquids and solids separate, with the solids sinking while the liquids remain near the top. Most solids are further broken down by bacterial action, but some remain as scum.

Older septic tanks may be single chambered while newer systems have dual chambers to further separate and filter the liquids. Newer systems after 2000 also incorporate an outlet baffle filter (3) which keeps even more contaminants inside the tank. The liquids then flow out through a distribution pipe (4) into a distribution box (5) and diffuse through a leaching system (6), where they are naturally diffused and filtered.

The proper maintenance of your septic system involves removing the scum before it can build up and infiltrate the distribution piping and leaching system. Regular cleanings are far cheaper than repairs.

  • DO check with the Town Sanitarian or Director of Health for documented information concerning a house's septic system. If no records are available on a particular house, check with several local cleaner/installer firms, and perhaps you can locate the one that worked on the original installation.
  • DO have your tank pumped out, effluent filter cleaned and system inspected on a regular basis by a licensed septic contractor and who is a member of COWRA.
  • DO install a riser. State code requires that cleanout covers must be within 12" of the ground's surface. By code, cleanout covers in excess of 12" deep must have a riser installed at the time of service.
  • DO set up and adhere to a sound system of inspection and cleaning.
  • DO educate your family in the proper use of the system within these guidelines.
  • DO leave the area over the drain field undisturbed with only a mowed grass cover. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs may clog and damage your drain lines.
  • DO practice water conservation. Check plumbing for leaking fixtures, i.e. toilets, tubs, showers or sinks. A steady leak or drip can overload a drainage system. Run dishwashers and washing machines only when full. Purchase water saving appliances and install water saving features in faucets, toilets and showerheads.
  • DO take household chemicals to an approved hazardous waste collection carrier for disposal.
  • DO keep a file of the dates of cleaning the system in the permanent house file, so this information can be passed on to the next owner.
  • DO divert roof drains and surface water from driveways and hills away from the septic system. Sump pumps and house footing drains should direct away from the septic system as well.
  • DO learn the location of your septic system and drain field. Keep a sketch handy for service visits.

Thanks to COWRA for use of diagrams and troubleshooting tips.