If your Raleigh home has a septic tank system, you are experiencing some benefits. For one thing, you do not have a monthly sewer bill. Also, the wastewater from your home is being disposed of in an age-old, eco-friendly manner allowing the earth’s soils to filter out contaminants. As long as you take care of the system, it should take care of you for many years. A regularly scheduled septic tank inspection is the best way to make sure that everything is working as it should. Here are some things that you might be interested in knowing about reguarding septic tanks inspections.
How often should a septic tank be inspected?
Unless you’ve had issues in the past, you should have a routine septic tank inspection at least once a year. The inspector will need to access the tank(s) in order to perform the inspection.
How long does an inspection take?
A few different factors affect how long it will take. It can take as little as an hour, or as long as three hours, or more. It depends on the complexities of your particular tank, and if any issues are found that need to be investigated.
What is inspected?
- The inspector will check the solids levels in the tank. Waste settles at the bottom of your tank while floatables such as grease and food form a scum layer. Once certain levels in the tank are reached, pumping may be required (usually every three to seven years).
- They’ll check the ground around the tank to make sure that there isn’t any raw sewage leaking out of the tank.
- If the tank is empty at the time of the inspection, the inspector may determine if groundwater is leaking into the septic tank.
- The inspector will make inspect all access openings and lids
- The inlet and outlet pipes may be observed making sure they are connected and operational.
- Any pumps, controls, treatment or filtration components may be observed and checked for operation
- The drainfield will be inspected for saturation, vegetation, and depressions.
The goal of these inspections is to identify any issues before they become larger problems that could lead to an expensive repair.
- Tank lids may have become compromised over time making the system unsafe or vulnerable to infiltration such as stormwater.
- There could be sewage on the ground around the tank or in the yard over the drain field. This could indicate a potential septic failure.
- There could system blockages causing poor plumbing performance.
- There is an ideal level for the wastewater in the septic tank. If it’s too high, it’s not draining correctly towards the drain field. And, if it’s too low, the tank could be cracked.
Give us a call today and we’ll get your septic tank and system scheduled for its annual inspection. At Full Circle Environmental, we apply our environmentally-friendly methods combined with our customer-oriented approach to every job. We’re even available 24-hours a day for any emergency septic tank needs. We look forward to taking care of all of your septic tank’s inspection needs.