Septic Tank Inspections - Septic Tank Services of Mobile AL

Performing a septic inspection is an important part of keeping the septic system running smoothly. A septic system inspection allows you to identify potential problems so you can fix them before they cause real damage.

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Septic System Inspection

Septic System Inspections should be part of your regular maintenance along with your septic pump. This service should be done at least every 3-5 years, depending on how many people use the tank and other factors that may require more frequent pumping and inspection. Older systems may also benefit from an annual inspection, even if they are not pumped at the same time. Commercial and industrial systems may also require more frequent pumping and inspection due to usage. In some cases, these septic tanks should be pumped and inspected every few months. In general, a septic inspection should be performed at the following times:

  • During routine maintenance

  • If there are signs of failure

  • Prior to purchasing the property

What happens during a septic system inspection?

The inspector must be able to access the septic tank. If your septic system does not have risers that can bring the tank hatches up to ground level, the inspector will need to dig down to gain access.

Measurements of the Septic System

The inspector will use a long measuring tape to check the depth of the different layers in the septic tank. When a septic system is working properly, the contents of the tank are divided into three separate layers. The "scum" consists of floating materials at the top. The "sludge", which is solid waste, collects at the bottom of the septic tank. In the middle is the "effluent,” which is ready to leave the tank and go out to the leach field for absorption back into nature. A general rule is that the amount of sludge should not exceed a third of the amount of effluent. If these is excess sludge, it is time for the tank to be pumped.

Visual inspection

In addition to taking measurements of the contents of the tank, the inspector will visually inspect the tank itself. He will look at the walls, as well as "baffles", which help ensure sewage is separated, and the filter that prevents solids from flowing out into the leach field. If you have risers, they will also be checked. Septic Tank Covers will also be inspected to ensure they are secure and in good condition, and they can also check any visible lines for signs of problems in the drainage field.

Real estate transaction inspection

The inspection of a septic tank during routine maintenance is slightly different from an inspection for real estate transactions. Although the same components are examined, the inspector can also create a document that reflects the condition of the system for the parties.

Call Septic Tank Services of Mobile Alabama to schedule a septic tank inspection. Whether you're a homeowner, real estate agent, home buyer, business owner, or manager, talk with a septic professional to ensure that your septic system is in order, is thoroughly reviewed, and that all septic components are evaluated for your requirements.