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The Ins and Outs of Septic Tank Inspections

Ins-and-Outs-of-Septic-Tank-InspectionsThere’s a lot that goes into owning a home, and one of the most important aspects is understanding your septic system. Homes in San Diego that have these systems require regular septic tank inspection to ensure they’re functioning properly and keeping your home and property safe.

Read on for all you need to know about the inspection process and the preparation for it.

What happens during a septic inspection?

An inspection of the septic system is an important procedure that has the benefit of ensuring its proper function and safety. A reliable professional will have no issue with performing it effectively and confidently, so that you can have a peace of mind. The process is very straightforward.

  • Visual examination: The inspection process typically begins with a visual examination of the tank and surrounding area. The inspector will look for signs of damage or leaks, and will also check to see that the tank is the correct size for the property.
  • Pumping out: Next, the inspector will pump out the tank to measure the sludge and scum levels. If these levels are too high, it can indicate that the system is not functioning properly.
  • Taking samples: Finally, the inspector will take samples of the effluent (wastewater) to test for harmful bacteria or other contaminants. The results of the inspection will help to determine if any repairs or maintenance are needed.

How do you prepare for a septic system inspection?

Before the septic system inspection professionals arrive, it is important to have a clear understanding of what they will be looking for and have all the necessary documents and tools easily accessible.

Gather the documents

Gather any warranty information, as-built drawings, and maintenance records you have for the septic system. If you do not have these items, the inspector may still be able to proceed with the inspection, but it will be helpful if you are able to provide this information. Pay special attention to this if the inspection is on a new property.

Enable access to the lids

Next, locate the tank lid(s) and make sure there is no debris blocking them. The inspector will need to access the tank during the inspection, so it is important that they are able to do so easily.

Provide vehicle access

Lastly, provide adequate vehicle access to the septic system components – the inspector may need to drive a truck or ATV over the ground where the leach field is located, in order to properly inspect it.

By taking these steps before the inspection professionals arrive, you can help ensure that the inspection goes smoothly and efficiently.

What-happens-during-a-septic-inspectionWhere in San Diego and the surrounding area can I find an experienced professional to perform a septic tank inspection?

If you’re concerned about the condition of your tank or sewer lines, our professional inspection services at The Inspectors Company can give you the peace of mind you need. We use the latest technology to thoroughly inspect your tank and sewer lines, checking for any signs of damage or blockages.

We also offer thermal imaging services to help locate any potential problems. Our team is highly experienced and qualified to provide you with an accurate assessment of your septic system and to ensure that the system is up to the county regulations and codes.

As long as you’ve prepared everything before the assessment, you’re free to take a few hours to rest on the beach at Point Loma while our pros take care of everything. Call us today to schedule an inspection.