Holiday Help from Godfrey Hoffman Hodge, LLC

This Christmas Eve, Steve Strinie, a 30 year Hodge employee will be lending a hand at the WTIC/Salvation Army Holiday Store in Avon Ct. collecting packages and sorting items for the annual donation drive. This is Steve’s third year at the event!

Ray Dunaway from WTIC being familiar with Hodge Surveying, talked about the old days when his former next door neighbor and Hodge owner Weston Barnes (circa 1937-1980) would go over to Ray’s house on Christmas morning and broadcast his morning show live from there!

Godfrey-Hoffman & Hodge would like to thank Steve for being a contributor to this worthy cause and carrying on a great tradition.

Common Scenarios for a Septic Repair Job

Few things can be more distressing for a homeowner than a problem with the septic system. Even householders who are vigilant about reducing the water load and ensuring that the tank is pumped regularly can find themselves facing an unpleasant situation if something goes wrong. While there are many things that can go wrong with a septic system, they can be roughly grouped into a few common scenarios.


Clogs and blockages are a routine problem for septic tank systems. Blockages at the inlet can prevent waste from entering the tank, causing it to back up; blockages at the outlet prevent liquid from entering the leach field and will eventually cause the tank to overflow. Sometimes these arise because the wrong items are being put into the system: cooking oil and grease can cause major problems, as can feminine hygiene products and the wrong kind of toilet paper. Algal blooms and biofilms can also form barriers that stop the tank draining properly. Blockages may be often resolved by snaking the system but sometimes the tank needs to be opened up and the clog removed.

Minor Repair Scenarios

Septic systems are made up of several different elements. Over time, one or more of these may begin to fail an will need to be replaced. These include the pipes and fittings; septic tank risers (connections between the septic tank and the surface, facilitating pumping); baffles, which prevent solid waste from escaping once it has entered the tank; and filters, which can become clogged over time.

Major Repair Scenarios

While septic tanks are minutely inspected before being installed, cracks and weak spots can form over time. A septic system only has a finite lifespan, typically around 20-25 years. Systems can fail faster if they are not properly maintained or if the homeowner uses the system incorrectly (for example, by pouring caustic chemicals such as paint thinner down the drain). The tank will need to be dug up and exposed for repairs to take place; in the worst case, it may need to be replaced all together.


Using a professional civil engineering company to assess the situation on your property can be extremely valuable in the long run. Hiring an experienced firm to come out and evaluate a septic system is extremely important before purchasing a new property, whether it’s residential or commercial. If your hiring an engineering company for new construction, they will take your septic design from a plan to a design and gather all legal permits along the way. For more information about a septic repair on your property, click here.

Key Takeaways:
– Conduct regular maintenance on your tank
– Routinely pumping the system
– Use the system correctly to reduce the number of repairs.
– Conduct minor repairs involve fixing or replacing components such as filters.
– Major repairs will require the replacement of the septic tank.

InPractice Confrence in Hartford

Godfrey-Hoffman and Hodge would like to thank all the attorneys who stopped by our booth at the “InPractice Conference” at the Hartford Hilton on Thursday. It was great to chat with some old acquaintances as well as meet a few new people in the law profession. The InPractice Conference was put on by the Hartford Bar Association and featured seminars on Professional Services Marketing, Practice Management, Social Media for Professional Services and more. If you missed it this year and would like to go next year please let us know.

3D Laser Scan Fly By

Very cool 3D-Laser scan and modeling of a substation in North Haven we did for the UI company.

Architects & Attorneys, Think of the possibilities”

Godfrey-Hoffman & Hodge Receives 2010 Best of Business Award

Godfrey-Hoffman Assoc., LLC Receives 2010 Best of Business Award
Small Business Commerce Association’s Award Honors the Achievement
SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2011, Godfrey-Hoffman Assoc., LLC has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business Award in the Engineers-Consulting category by the Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)
The Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is pleased to announce that Godfrey-Hoffman Assoc., LLC has been selected for the 2010 Best of Business Award in the Engineers-Consulting category.
The SBCA 2010 Award Program recognizes the top 5% of small businesses throughout the country. Using statistical research and consumer feedback, the SBCA identifies companies that we believe have demonstrated what makes small businesses a vital part of the American economy. The selection committee chooses the award winners from nominees based off statistical research and also information taken from monthly surveys administered by the SBCA, a review of consumer rankings, and other consumer reports. Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.
About Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA)
Small Business Commerce Association (SBCA) is a San Francisco based organization. The SBCA is a private sector entity that aims to provide tactical guidance with many day to day issues that small business owners face. In addition to our main goal of providing a central repository of small business operational advice; we use consumer feedback to identify companies that exemplify what makes small business a vital part of the American economy.
SOURCE: Small Business Commerce Association