Septic System Inspection Checklist

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Not quite sure what to expect during your professional septic system inspection? Scheduling routine maintenance is important for the care and lifespan of your septic system, but it’s always helpful to know what to expect. We have prepared a helpful septic system inspection checklist.

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What Does a Septic System Do?

Put simply, your septic system treats all wastewater and greywater that exits your home. All drains lead to pipes, which in turn lead to the septic tank, which leads to more pipes. The overall process breaks down bacteria and filters solids.

Since septic systems play such a vital role in water treatment, it is important that they be inspected by a professional regularly.

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Septic System Inspection Checklist

Professional septic system servicemen will likely check the following when examining your septic system.

1. Last date of inspection

The professional will want to know when the system was last serviced as well as when the tank was last pumped. This helps provide context to any potential issues with the system.

2. Sludge level

The “sludge” at the bottom of a septic tank is made up of all the solids that couldn’t be broken down by the bacterial treatment process. If you think that sounds gross…that’s because it is! The sludge should not take up more than a third of the septic tank. If there is too much sludge, the professional will pump the tank.

3. Size

It is important that the septic system is large enough for the home it services. If it is too small, you run the risk of clogged pipes or an overflowing tank.

4. Location

It is particularly important that the drain field be located away from plants, high-traffic areas, and ponds/streams. Your professional will check to make sure all components are located in a good area.

5. Liquid waste under ground surface

Leaking waste indicates an overworked system. If an industry professional finds liquid waste under the ground surface, it will probably necessitate a deeper look into the source of the problem.

6. Cracks and leaks

Cracks and leaks, either in the tank or the pipes, can set the basis for long-term issues. A professional inspection increases the chances of locating these small problems before they become expensive ones.

7. Overall performance

Obviously, your septic system has an overall purpose that it should be meeting. If it isn’t performing as efficiently as it should, it could necessitate either a repair or a replacement.

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Norway Septic Inc. is a service-oriented company dedicated to providing excellent septic tank cleaning and septic tank pumping services to homeowners and business owners in the Michiana area. We take pride in doing the job that others leave behind. If you have further questions or if you would like to schedule a system inspection by one of our professionals, call us today.

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