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A septic system is responsible for receiving, treating, and disposing unwanted sewage and solids from a house or a building’s plumbing system. The solids of that come with the wastewater break down into sludge composed of two elements, the grease/oil and the water (effluent). The water goes into a drain field where bacteria naturally filter it, and it reenters the groundwater. The sludge, oil, and grease left in the septic tank should be pumped and cleaned out periodically, and the system must ensure that they never enter the drain field.
When Should You Have Your Septic System Inspected?
Ideally, your septic system should be inspected every year, as well as before or you list your house for sale on the market. An inspection will enhance your home’s value. It will also ensure that you avoid any liability in case your system malfunctions after the new homeowners have moved into the house. If you are a home buyer, it is crucial that you request a septic inspection before proceeding with the purchase of the property. This is especially true if the owners have been negligent in getting the system inspected.
Do You Know How to Find Your Septic System?
As previously mentioned, the septic system is usually not visible as it does most of its work underground. Thus, it is not surprising if you don’t know where it is. This doesn’t become an issue until you need to have an inspection or it is time to get all the sludge pumped out.
There are several ways you can help a septic service or inspector to find your system. First, you can contact the previous homeowner and have them direct you to it. If you’re unable to do that, your second option would be to check the blueprints of the house. You can quickly obtain blueprints from your local zoning agency. Note that if your home is old, the agency might not have a record anymore. If all else fails, a septic inspection service should be able to use a metal detector or flush a radio transmitter down your sewer line and use a receiver to find the septic tank.
What Do Inspectors Look for and What Kind of Issues Might They Find?
The first things that inspectors will look for in a septic system would be the date that the homeowner had the tank pumped last. As a point of reference, sludge should not take up more than a third of the total volume of the septic tank or reach the level of the baffles. The tank should also be far enough from any wells or streams in or nearby the property. If this is an issue, you will need to have it moved. The contractor will also have to check if the tank is large enough to contain all the sewage from the home it serves. Also, the contractor will have to ensure that the tank is watertight to ensure that no wastewater escapes to contaminate the groundwater.
The inspector must also search throughout the property and check if any sewer water has leaked to the surface. Leakage is a telltale sign that that the system is overloaded or worse, needs repair or a septic installation service.
Remember, prevention is better than cure. Don’t wait for a nasty smell to tell you that you need a septic inspection. An annual check of your septic system will go a long way in ensuring that you do not find yourself on the receiving end of health, environmental, and financial crisis. Contact us today and have our team of licensed professionals inspect your septic system for any issues.