SEPTIC TANK INSPECTION

What we look for

Our septic system inspectors are trained to look for a number of things when conducting a septic tank inspection:

  • The date the tank was last pumped, as an additional reference when checking the sludge level
  • Appropriate location, away from water sources such as wells and streams
  • Proper sizing parameters met – accommodates property and occupancy size
  • Ensure there is no cross-contamination of groundwater and wastewater
  • All system apertures and components should be free of cracks and other visible damages
  • Ensure firm connection of baffles to tank’s inlet and outlet pipes
  • Check equal distribution of wastewater among drain lines

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When should you have your septic system inspected?

A septic system inspection is necessary as soon as the house is put on the market for sale. Along with adding value to the property, it helps avoid any liability issues that could result from a failing septic tank. It is also in the best interest of a prospective homebuyer to insist on thorough servicing performed by a septic system inspector.

As a homeowner, you should be getting regularly scheduled septic tank inspections (recommended once a year, but at least every three years), especially considering the fact that poorly maintained, and often failing, septic systems are very expensive to repair or replace. Depending on how many people live in your home and the size of your property, your system may need pumping every three to five years. An underperforming septic system will lower your property’s value and could pose a legal liability, not to mention a community health hazard. Properly maintaining your septic and plumbing system could prevent the spread of infection and disease to you and your neighbors.

Remember, as a homeowner, you are solely responsible for maintaining a well-functioning septic tank. It is an investment in your health and your home, as well as your neighborhood. Regular septic tank inspections are imperative to saving you thousands of dollars on system replacements.

Precautions and maintenance tips

Our septic system inspectors may offer some advice or further recommendations in addition to a few of these listed proper precautions and maintenance guidelines:

  • Bath tissue should be the only other thing flushed down the toilet, besides human waste. Other items, even biodegradabl,e should never be flushed or dumped down your drain.
  • Cars and other heavy machinery should not be driven on or near the drain field as their weight may cause unseen damage to the underground plumbing system.
  • Avoid planting trees and large shrubs above the septic tank and drain field, roots may cause unseen damage to pipelines.
  • Avoid digging or building atop the drain field.
  • Avert rainwater and surface water drainage away from the drain field. Over-saturation may cause the plumbing system to back up.
  • Take shorter showers, limit garbage disposal use, and fix leaky faucets and toilets immediately.
  • Schedule regular septic system inspections.

Buyers who think a home inspection is worth the expense

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A septic tank replacement costs between $6,000 and $50,000

Septic Tank Inspection

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