The septic tank is a very delicate feature of a home despite its size and nature and requires some very specific practices to keep it in good working order. Carrying out a routine inspection is critical to maintaining the peace of mind of its processes and the effectiveness of its design. A common septic tank inspection that affects all major points should include the following:
An inspection of the tees and baffles of your septic system. The deflector is an important connection on the outer wall of the system, which is fused with the outside during the manufacturing process. Concrete deflectors are the most common cause of problems if not properly inspected for cracks and fractures, as this can indicate future failures. Tees are plastic pipe inserts that are used in cases where a baffle is not structurally solid and are generally made with PVC pipes like most exhaust pipes.
Adequate control for backwashing of the water in the tank, after the septic tank has been completely pumped out of all its contents. Water, whether it enters the tank from the pipes in your home or from the pipes from the drains in the drainage field, can indicate a potentially serious problem. During this segment, it is imperative not to use home water, as it could skew the results and create a false positive. If you have water coming out of your house into the tank with no running water, it most likely means you have a problem with a leaking pipe. Flushing the water in the tank from the drain pipes generally indicates that you have a clog in the drain field. Both situations will require your immediate attention. Septic Inspection
Checking the waste water filter for proper water flow. If the effluent water is unable to leave the tank properly or if unfiltered water exits the tank and makes its way to the drainage field, you may have a serious problem. The inspector will remove and clean the septic filter and drain pipes to make sure it is working properly.
A thorough examination of septic risers is important. Risers are dense plastic or concrete pipes and covers that seal off access to your septic tank as a safety measure. The inspector will check the structural integrity of the risers to make sure they can safely protect access to the tank, as well as make sure they seal properly.
Just like the operation of all complex systems, a septic tank requires routine inspection and eventual maintenance to keep it functioning. If you neglect to have your septic system inspected regularly by a licensed professional, you could end up with very costly home damage or you could risk contaminating your groundwater with dirty septic water. A full septic inspection will help correct any problems that may arise and give you peace of mind knowing that you’ve done everything necessary to keep your septic system running efficiently