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What to Expect During a Septic System Inspection

Septic System Inspection

Septic systems are a critical part of everyone’s home, whether you’re a prospective buyer or current owner. And as we talked about in our previous post, a septic system is something you definitely want to maintain.

Neglecting your system could mean a major financial hit for you and your family. Getting a septic tank inspection is an important homeowner duty that should happen every 2-3 years and be done by a certified professional!

There are two types of inspections that you can request: visual and full. You should have both inspections done at some point.

Today we’ll break down what full and visual inspections mean and give you a heads up on what to expect when you have an inspection.

Before diving into what the inspection entails, try to familiarize yourself with the septic system. This will come in handy and make sure you have a basic understanding of your home’s functions.

Types of Inspections

  1. The first type of inspection, and most common, is the visual inspection.

While necessary, many experts believe that visual inspections are limited in their ability to reveal risks or issues. This inspection ensures the tank is working properly by:

  • Turning on the water.
  • Flushing the toilets.
  • Locating the tank (if the access lid is exposed).

In the end, this type of inspection won’t tell you much except for no superficial problems are visible.

It may be worth it to opt for the full inspection because you will locate the more costly issues.

  1. The full inspection is far more meticulous and will give you a better idea of the state of your septic system.

During the full inspection, inspectors will:

  • Open the tank and check liquid levels
  • Observe water flow from tank to absorption area
  • Pump the tank to make sure there are no clogs. If you have a garbage disposal, you should be pumping once a year. Homes without will be fine with one pump every three years.

Pumping your tank is crucial to the functionality of your septic system. Sticking to a regular inspection schedule will contribute to the life of your system.

Preparing for Your Inspection

After you schedule your inspection there are some steps you can take to make certain your inspection runs smoothly:

  1. Pull out your septic tank plans and have a copy ready for the inspector.
  2. Make a clear path to the tank by avoiding storage of kind on or around the tank cover and remove any brush blocking the cover.
  3. Locate your system filter and save you and your inspector’s time.

Still not sure if you want to get the inspection? Check out the average costs of repairing problematic septic systems and consider how much money you’ll be saving in the long run.

Invest in the future of your home by ensuring your septic system is fully functioning. Call us today, and we’ll give you the peace of mind that your system is good to go!

We guarantee an inspection within 48 hours!

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5 Ways to Avoid Septic System Issues

Septic System

While septic systems aren’t exactly the flashiest part of a home, they’re pretty important. Every time you turn on a faucet, flush your toilet or do laundry your septic system is working for you.

Ensuring that it carries water and its waste out of your home is crucial.

A well-maintained and constructed septic system will better withstand the stresses of everyday usage, heavy rains or flooding.

Regular inspection can guarantee that your septic system is properly functioning and will save you the headache of dealing with a backup or overflow into your yard.

Some signs that your septic system is functioning poorly include:

  • Slowly draining sinks
  • Toilets drain slowly
  • Floor drains overflow
  • Sewage becomes visible outside the home

We’re going to go through a few common issues and enemies to septic systems. You can keep an eye out for these to maintain a smooth running septic system and your home problem-free.

1. Excess Water

Inefficient water usage can lead to a septic tank holding more water than intended, which can lead to a number of nasty problems. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy ways to combat this issue.

  • Keep laundry to 1-2 loads per day.
  • Low flow shower heads or shorter showers.
  • Dual flush toilets.

Implementing these changes in your home can help fight excess water in your septic tank.

2. Too Much Detergent

Using too much detergent can actually encourage algae growth in your distribution pipes, causing a blockage, as the phosphates from detergents act as a fertilizer. If you overuse products, then you can’t ensure your machine will properly dilute or wash away all of the residues.

  • Avoid powdered detergent.
  • Install a lint filter in your washer’s drainage line and clean regularly!

3. Vehicle Damage

If you live in the country and repeatedly park your car in the yard or have guests coming in and out, take note that repeated pressure on top of septic tanks can cause real damage.

Farm vehicles and large trucks are the perfect size to cause a collapsed septic tank.

4. Flushing the Wrong Products

Putting non-biodegradable products in your tank is a big no-no. They won’t go away naturally and will take up space in your tank, raising liquid levels.

Flushing things like paper towels, feminine hygiene products, or even cigarette butts can do some serious damage.

You should also keep kitchen waste out of the system, including greases or oils.

5. Keep an Eye on Your Trees

While trees and shrubs add aesthetic value to your property, be aware that their roots can actually grow through septic tank walls.

This can lead to some seriously unwanted issues and prevent the system from functioning properly.

There are a few preventative measures you can take to avoid a tree root problem, such as monitoring the type of tree you choose to plant on your property.

Willow, Poplar, and Birch sprout roots quickly and therefore may not be a great choice.

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Knowing the location of your septic tank as well as the inlet and discharge pipes are also important steps in preventing the root damage.

Experts recommend getting an inspection every 2-3 years, less if you have a large household.

If you’re moving into a new place or concerned about your current septic system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Schedule an inspection with us, and we’ll see you within 48 hours!

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