Septic Inspection

Septic Inspection

What to Know About Septic Inspections

Are you wondering how septic inspections work? If you are buying a home with a septic tank, there are some things you need to be aware of. If you are selling your home, you could need an inspection of the septic system.

Household septic tanks are typically pumped every three to five years. Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year.

If the tank is not pumped, the solids will build up in the tank and the holding capacity of the tank will be diminished. Eventually, the solids will reach the pipe that feeds into the drain field, causing a clog. Wastewater backing up into the house.

How can you tell if your septic tank is full?
  • You have trouble flushing your toilet, or it’s constantly backing up.
  • Your pipes make a gurgling sound or drain very slowly.
  • Your lawn is suddenly growing lush, green grass.
  • Water starts to pool in your yard.
  • Your home or yard smells like… well, sewage.
  • Sewage backup in the drains.