What Does A Septic Tank Inspection Achieve?

There are two different types of septic tank inspections, and both are important for a variety of reasons. If you've been putting it off because you think it's safe to wait until something is amiss or you're sure everything's perfectly fine with yours, here are five things that a septic tank inspection will achieve.

Appease Your Mortgage Lender

Performing a quick visual is one type of inspection that's done when buyers are considering purchasing a home or business. It's generally done if required by the lender, and while it can spot some potential problems, it's not nearly as thorough as a full inspection.

It's also done by a home inspector as opposed to a licensed plumber or other professional, and it generally entails very simple tasks like running the water and flushing toilets to check for backups.

This type of visual inspection can make your mortgage lender happy. But if you're about to buy property with a septic tank, it's a good idea to have a complete inspection done to look for serious issues.

Examine for Leaks

The top of the septic tank is removed so that the plumber can check the liquid levels, ensuring they aren't too high or too low. Water is then moved into the tank from the house so the inspector can observe for rising water levels and surfacing effluent, both problematic. During this part of the inspection, leaks can be seen.

Check for Proper Sludge and Scum Levels

Your septic tank should have a sludge layer on the bottom and a scum layer on top with water in between. With a full inspection, a plumber will check both the sludge and scum levels. This is usually done by inserting a hollow pole, and if the sludge level is too high, the tank will need to be pumped. Leaving in too much sludge and scum can ultimately block the tank and cause drain field failure.

Observe for Standing Water

It's important to screen for drainage problems. So septic tank inspectors will usually dig several small holes near the tank and in the absorption area. If standing water is seen in the holes, this indicates maintenance is needed.

Pump Your System

Unless the tank has recently been pumped and contains insufficient solids, or it needs to be replaced altogether, an inspection typically includes pumping the tank. This is because over time, it becomes increasingly difficult for other wastes to break down, increasing the risk for problems. Also, excess sludge makes your tank more susceptible to clogs and blockages.

A licensed plumber is the best person to call for a septic tank inspection, and they will let you know how often you need to have one done based on the type of property and any problems that are spotted at each inspection. For more information, contact a company like Rob's Septic Tanks Inc.