A Comprehensive Guide to Septic Inspection

Whether an individual lives in a rural area or is a part of urban society, there is definite that your locality will have a septic tank. And if you have a septic tank, then you need to have it inspected every 3-5 years to ensure it is functioning properly. But what exactly does a septic inspection entail? In this blog post, we will take you step-by-step through the septic inspection process so that you know exactly what to expect.

Types of septic systems

There are two common types of septic systems: gravity and mound systems. 

  • Gravity Systems: Gravity systems are the most common type of septic system. They consist of a network of underground pipes that transport sewage from your home to your septic tank. The sewage then travels from your septic tank to your leach field where it is treated and dispersed back into the ground. 
  • Mound Systems: Mound systems are typically used in areas where the soil is not conducive to growing vegetation or where the water table is too close to the surface for a traditional leach field. Mound systems work in much the same way as gravity systems with sewage being transported from your home to your septic tank via underground pipes. The difference is that instead of dispersing the sewage back into the ground, it is pumped up and over a mound of dirt and then dispersed back into the ground on the other side of the mound. 

Steps to septic tank inspection

  • To do the septic cleaning services, it is necessary to do a septic inspection, which includes the primary task of locating the septic tank. This may seem like a silly thing to put in a blog post, but you would be surprised how many people don’t know where their septic tanks are located. Once you have located the septic tank, the next step is to identify the type of system you have. 
  • Once you have identified which type of septic system you have, the next step is to conduct a visual inspection of all visible components of the septic tank system including the tank, distribution box, leach field, and any pumps or alarms that may be present. This visual inspection will give you an idea of the condition of these components and can help you identify any potential problems that may need to be addressed. 
  • After conducting a visual inspection, the next step is to conduct an operational test of the system. This test involves flushing water through each component of the system and measuring how long it takes for the water to travel through each component and be dispersed into the ground. This test will help identify any potential clogs or blockages in your system that may need to be addressed. 

The last thoughts

Conducting a septic inspection may seem like a daunting task, but it’s really not that complicated. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your septic system is running smoothly and will continue to do so for years to come!