Understand the Septic Inspection Process

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Understand the Septic Inspection Process

Regarding septic equipment, few companies know their stuff better than Septic Blue of Raleigh. Nobody likes to talk about their septic system, but it's important to know what happens when there is a problem. A complete septic inspection should be done once a year by a professional. This will determine your drain field's health and prevent major future problems. Septic health relies on timely septic tank pumping and septic tank repair.

Signs of Trouble

The septic system is a critical part of your home's infrastructure. It's responsible for removing wastewater from home and transporting it to the land treatment facility. If there is an issue with the septic system, it can cause major problems for your home, including:

  • Septic tanks can leak and contaminate groundwater, which can affect drinking water.
  • Septic tank failure can cause environmental damage and an unpleasant odor.
  • Septic tank inspections help ensure your system works properly and will not fail without warning.

Locate the Septic Tank

Identify the location of your septic tank by looking at your property deed or title or by checking with your local county tax office or city assessor's office. If you're unsure where your septic tank is, call Septic Blue of Raleigh, who can help you find it. To locate it yourself, start by looking for signs of where wastewater flows from your home into the ground, such as a mound of dirt or grass in an area that drains well away from wells or streams.

Remove the Lid

You'll want someone else around when doing this step because they'll need help lifting up the lid once it's removed. Use a flat head screwdriver or chisel to pry off any rocks or debris that might be holding down the lid; then lift up on it as high as you can with one hand while pulling on it with the other until it comes loose completely.

Determine the Level of Sludge

During the inspection process, your technician will check for excess sludge in your tank. This indicates that there may be a problem with your drain field. If there is too much sludge in your system, they will recommend that you use a pump jetter to clean out the sludge from around your drain field lines and pipes. Otherwise, this could lead to serious problems when your drain field fails completely.

Test for Leaks

Any cracks in your concrete slab or around the perimeter of your tank could indicate some sort of leak happening inside the tank itself. Leaks can cause serious damage to your home and must be fixed as soon as possible. A professional will be able to determine if any type of leak is going on inside the septic tank and what steps need to be taken next.

Inspect the Baffles

The baffles in your septic tank work to separate solids from liquids so that they do not mix together and cause problems with your waste disposal system. Any damage to these baffles could lead to blockages and backups in your plumbing and drainage system. During our inspection, we will check each baffle individually to ensure that they are still intact and working properly without any damage.

Check Filters and Water Flow

This step is important for the proper operation of your septic system. If your water flow is extremely slow or nonexistent, you may need to consider replacing your filter or pump. Check for any leaks outside or in the drain field. Leaks can be caused by pipes that are loose or cracked. This problem can often be fixed by replacing damaged pipes and/or adding new ones.

Drain fields can also leak if they have cracks or are not properly lined with gravel or soil around the pipes to prevent erosion and improve drainage. Check for cracks in the drain field by digging down into it with a trowel and checking for signs of erosion or other damage near where it meets the house foundation. If there are several leaks in different parts of your system, you may have problems with seepage from your tank into the ground around it (known as lateral seepage).

Call In the Professionals

Most people think that the septic inspection process is expensive and time-consuming. In reality, however, it costs very little and typically takes only a few days to complete. When done by a  qualified septic company, the septic inspection process is the best way to ensure that your system works properly. It will flag problems before they have a chance to worsen. Schedule your septic inspection with Septic Blue of Raleigh.