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Septic System Inspections: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by ADB Septic on April 2, 2019

inspectionIf your home has a septic system, it’s an essential part of the overall functioning of your home. To keep your septic system running optimally, regular inspections are important to make sure everything is in working order and to catch any potential issues early. If you’re interested in a septic system inspection or wondering if your home needs one, we’ve compiled the information you need to know.

What are the Different Types of Inspections?

Visual Inspections

There are two types of septic inspections: visual and full. Visual inspections are usually performed by a home inspector. Typically, a system passes these inspections if all the toilets flush and there are no visible leaks. These inspections are essentially limited to checking if your water runs and all of your toilets flush. Typically, the septic tank is not opened or checked. Visual inspections are very limited and unlikely to detect major problems that could indicate the need of major repairs or a new septic system. These inspections are typically used to fulfill inspection requirements, but often miss crucial problems.

Full Inspection Process

As the name would indicate, the full inspection process is much more complete. A full inspection is important in detecting all possible problems in a septic system before repairs become too expensive to fix. Below, you can see the whole process for a full inspection.

  1. ADB Septic digs four holes: one at each end of the tank and two in the absorption area. If any standing water is detected in the holes, the system needs maintenance. The two holes dug in the absorption area allows inspection of the stones. Discoloration of these stones indicates a failing system in need of repair or replacement.
  2. We open the tank and check the liquid level. We do this to make sure that the tank isn’t leaking or overfull.
  3. If the water level is normal, we introduce water to the system to make sure it’s flowing properly. We make sure the water is flowing from the house to the tank and from the tank to the absorption area.
  4. We check the flow from the house to the tank to make sure everything is connected and there are no blockages

After the inspection, you will receive the following items:

  • A detailed report of the condition of the septic system
  • A diagram with measurements
  • Recommended repairs and maintenance

What Should I Expect During an Inspection?

In addition to the steps above, you should expect that the entire tank will be pumped during the inspection. The only cases in which the entire tank will not be pumped include the system failing the inspection before pumping is performed and the tank having recently been pumped with no solids in the tank. In the latter case, we can perform the inspection by pumping liquids down past the outlet baffle in order to monitor absorption.

You should also expect the inspector to ask you various questions. These questions will have to do with the system usage including past, present, and future usage, past maintenance, and other relevant topics. You should be prepared to answer questions about your septic system to the best of your ability.

In addition to looking for possible repairs, your inspector will be knowledgeable about regulations concerning septic systems. They will take proper measurements if necessary and verify that your septic system meets all necessary requirements.

What are the Benefits of Septic System Inspections?

Knowing Optimal Pumping Times

It’s recommended that you have your septic system inspected roughly every 3 years. A septic tank pumping, on the other hand, is required somewhere between 3-5 years depending on your household size and use. Having a septic system inspection can help inform your pumping schedule, letting you know whether it’s time to pump. An inspection can also reveal whether your current pumping schedule is effective to keep your system functioning properly and help you make appropriate adjustments.

Promoting Better Performance

Regular maintenance for your septic system is a great way to avoid any serious problems. It’s also the best way to ensure that your system performs as well as it possibly can. When you make repairs and address issues right away, you can be sure that no permanent damage is done to your system. When your system avoids damage and receives the care it needs, it will run better and you will increase the longevity of the system.

Avoiding Maintenance Emergencies

One of the biggest benefits of regular septic system inspections is the avoidance of maintenance emergencies. When you schedule regular inspections, you will be able to catch any issues before they become severe. You can then repair these issues quickly before they lead to an emergency. When you do not fix these problems early on, it can lead to serious and costly damage to your septic system.

Enhancing Your Home’s Value

If you are planning on selling your home at any point, regular septic system inspections can be very beneficial, as they will increase the value of your home. Regular maintenance will help ensure that your system is functioning perfectly, and a well functioning system is a strong asset in your home. Additionally, if you can provide evidence, such as reports, that your system has been regularly inspected, it will help increase the value of your home.

Avoiding Bad Home Purchases

If you are purchasing a home with a septic system, you should strongly consider an inspection before you make the purchase. Getting your new home’s septic system inspected will give you peace of mind that you will not run into any problems. In the event that an inspector finds a problem, it can be fixed before you make the purchase to avoid wasted money. Additionally, if you find serious problems, not only will you be saved from a bad purchase, but it may signal that other aspects of your new home should be inspected as well. When purchasing a home with a septic system, an inspection is the best way to ensure that you will not make a bad purchase.

ADB Septic | CT Septic System Repair & Replacement

To avoid these health concerns, it’s important to perform regular maintenance on your septic system. Whether you need a routine pumping or an entire replacement of your septic system, A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. can help!

A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, basement waterproofing, drains, and more.

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