Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About C+C

I have a small/unique/strange homeowner request. Can I call you?

Absolutely. Recently, we came to the rescue of a resident who needed a couch removed, a hole in their lawn filled, and a small animal removed from their basement. In other words, we know how weird life can be, and we’re here to help. Just ask!

Do you have financing options?

Yes. We work with our customers to provide payment and financing options that work for them. Just ask.

 

Questions About Building & Home Repair

How do I avoid ice dams?

Ice dams can be avoided with proper roof ventilation and the removal of snow and ice along the eaves and overhangs. Other methods can be used in more severe cases where ice and snow buildup are an issue. Planning for roof maintenance during the winter can be your best defense against damage when winter hits and snow removal professionals are at peak demand.

Re-roofing, with necessary components of prevention, is in many cases a homeowner’s best long term plan. If you are building a new home or re-roofing, consider ice and water shield as underlayment, which will help against ice dams.

Should I choose composite or wood for my deck?

Today’s new synthetic and composite deck materials are popular today and for good reason. They are extremely low maintenance — most withstand the harsh Maine seasons easily, requiring little more than being hosed down. Composite decks do not have to be replaced and repaired, painted or stained, and they stand up to soil, traffic, and weather year after year. They are also eco-friendly, with some made from up to 100% recycled material. And, buyers will find many composite decks warrantied against structural failure for 20 or 30 years.

Even within the synthetic market, the shift from traditional uncapped composites and cellular PVC decking to capped composite decking (a solid wood-plastic core, capped with a full synthetic wrap) has continued as choices have grown for the consumer. Today, we see more selection when it comes to materials, color, and texture, and new materials that do a great job of mimicking wood grains and emulate wood colors.

 

Questions About Septic Services

How often should I pump a septic tank?

You pump out your septic tank to get rid of the solid sludge that accumulates at the bottom of the tank and the grease floating near the top. Both sludge and grease can foul the leaching field. How often to pump out depends on your tank size, family size, and how much of your wastewater is solid.

For example: suppose your tank is 1,500 gallons, you’ve got four people in the family, and your solid waste is the average amount. Then you should pump your tank every 4 years.

Do septic tank additives do any good?

Additives don’t do any good — or, at least, no controlled scientific study has shown them to be effective. So, save your money.

The reason why they don’t work is simple. Some of the waste solids are sand, grit, plastic bits, and other non-organic junk. This stuff has to be pumped out. No enzyme or bacteria can digest them. Some other organic solids don’t digest well so they accumulate.

When you add bacteria to the tank, the new bacteria have to compete with the established bacteria that are already adapted to the tank. The adapted ones have the home field advantage and, in general, eat the new ones.