Maine Inspector Training
The State of Maine does not license “Septic Inspectors”, and licenced “Site Evaluators” (septic designers) are reluctant to perform inspections for real estate transactions. That leaves an opening for various other professionals to get a simple voluntary certification from the state and claim to be professional septic inspectors. Unfortunately, systems here are grandfathered for use until the time they malfunction, and a few training courses simply cannot properly educate these professionals on the way things have been done over the previous 50+ years. Experience is the only way to gain the knowledge needed to inspect systems of all ages and construction types, so make sure you choose an inspector with the onsite experience to backup their training and education.
I began inspecting septic systems for an established real estate home inspection company in 2003. In addition to those services, I professionally installed and maintained a residential advanced wastewater treatment system called an "Aerobic Bacterial Generator". The treatment product did not take hold in this market before the subprime mortgage crisis affected our ability to do business, but it did give me the opportunity to investigate hundreds of failed leach fields free of charge to customers, and to apply treatment to nearly 100 systems in Southern Maine. I have also performed thousands of real estate inspections ranging from cesspools from the 1940’s all the way up to modern treatment systems and proprietary leach field systems with complicated distribution mechanics. My experience with the treatment system was a great in-depth study of leach field failure, while my training and inspection experience has provided me with the knowledge and modern technical expertise you need from a wastewater system inspector.