Septic Tank Pumping Inspections

A septic system is responsible for dealing with solids and waste-water from the plumbing system of a building. After breaking down the solids into sludge, they are separated from scum and effluent. From the tank, the effluent goes to a drain field where bacteria filters it naturally and allows it to reenter groundwater. The drain field must never receive sludge and scum.

Frequency of Inspections

Inspection of the septic system must be done annually, especially when the house is put on sale in the market. An inspected septic system reduces any chances of incurring a liability and also enhances the attractiveness of the property in terms of real estate. Before purchasing a house, buyers are often advised to have an inspection of the septic system.

Locating the Septic System

Zoning agencies or local health offices can be approached to procure an “as-built” plan of the house in case the location of the septic system is unknown to the homeowner. They can also contact the previous homeowner. In case of metal tanks, metal detectors can be helpful. Radio transmitters can be flushed down the toilet and their journey can be followed with the help of a receiver.

Inspection Routine at American Pumping

  • Sludge level and previous pumping dates would determine whether the septic tank needs pumping. A device called “Sludge Judge” would be used by the inspector for this purpose.
  • Streams and wells should be far away from the septic tank.
  • The capacity of the septic tank should be in proportion to the house.
  • The tank should be watertight and not overloaded. This would be checked by looking for any liquid waste that might have made its way up to the ground.
  • Riser lids, if present, should be secure and must not have any cracks.
  • The Baffles should be connected properly to the outlet and inlet pipes of the tank. There shouldn’t be any solids covering the baffle. There should not be any erosion from water flow and chemicals.
  • The distribution box should not be clogged so that all drain lines receive equal amounts of wastewater.

Tips for Maintenance

Inspectors at American Pumping would inform homeowners about the following maintenance tips –

  • Apart from tissues, nothing else should be flushed down the toilet or it can harm the septic system’s balance.
  • In order to ensure that the subterranean piping doesn’t accidentally get damaged, no cars should be driven around the area of the drain field.
  • Apart from grass, no trees, plants or shrubs should be planted over the drain field and septic tank.
  • Building or digging over the drain field should not be done.
  • Water should not be wasted and leaks should be repaired as soon as they are noticed.

In order to pump, clean and inspect septic systems, professionals from American Pumping are recommended because they have the necessary training and know-how to inspect this costly piece of household fixture. Regular home inspectors should not perform the job of pumping, cleaning or inspecting the septic tank