What’s included in a septic inspection?
A septic tank is a part of a waste removal system used for many homes throughout America. Septic systems must function properly to remove waste safely from your home and to break down any solid wastes. At Parker Inspections, we provide in-depth septic system inspections.
Septic systems have many moving parts to ensure that they work as they should. The inspector will test to see if the septic tank is receiving, treating, and disposing of waste and water properly.
To do this, the inspector will do a visual inspection to see if there are any noticeable signs that there is something wrong with your septic system. From there, the inspector will test water levels within the tank, flow levels to make sure the tank is working as it should, and backflow to ensure that water is entering the drain field properly.
Visual Inspection: Septic Inspection
Septic systems can show visual signs of needing maintenance or repair; this will be the first thing our home inspectors look for when doing a septic inspection.
Our inspectors will check to see if water drains properly showers and sinks and whether toilets flush as they should. If there are signs of waste coming back into your home or toilets and drains having a difficult time disposing of waste, it may mean that there is a problem with your septic tank.
Another thing the Tulsa home inspector will visually check is whether or not there is standing water over the area of your property that is the drain field for your septic system. A drain field is where treated wastewater is disposed of. If there is standing water in your yard, it means that your drain field may not be working properly.
Water Levels: Septic Inspection
Once the inspector has completed a visual inspection, they will now remove the cover of the septic tank to get a look inside. From here, the water levels can be inspected. The inspector will run water in the house and watch the septic tank to see how water levels in the septic tank are affected.
If the water in the septic tank rises when water in the house is run, it means that there is a problem with the septic system. When this happens, waste can back up into the home or not drain properly through the drain field. If the water levels stay the same, then the tank is functioning as it should.
Flow Levels: Septic Inspection
The inspector can also inspect the flow levels of your septic tank. The flow level measures how much waste your septic system has the capability of handling. It’s important that your septic system can handle the amount of waste that comes from your house.
If the flow levels of your septic system are lower than they are supposed to be, it can mean that parts of the septic system aren’t working properly or that there may be blockages.
Backflow: Septic Inspection
Another important part of a septic inspection is testing whether or not there is backflow from your drain field. Water is supposed to be disposed of using the drain field, so if there is backflow from this area, it could mean that there is a problem with your drain field. The inspector will test this by pumping the septic tank to see how water is disposed of.
Septic systems usually have to be emptied and treated every 3-5 years. This alone costs on average $3,500. Getting a septic inspection annually can help you know when it’s time for your septic system to be serviced. Contact us here for a septic inspection!