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What Happens During a Septic System Inspection?

Posted by ADB Septic on June 5, 2017

Septic SystemSeptic system inspections are important before purchasing a home. Many banks will require you to get a septic inspection before approving a home loan. After purchasing your home, septic systems need to be inspected every three to five years, depending on usage and the size of the tank. At ADB Septic, our inspections come with

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

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. We dig 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

What to expect during the visit

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.

ADB Septic | CT Septic System Services

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.

Our business is committed to meeting your needs and completing your job with the utmost professionalism and precision. We put your satisfaction, safety, and comfort at the forefront of our priority list. When you hire us, you can achieve complete peace of mind.

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Topics: Information for Homeowners, Septic System Inspection

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