A septic system inspection can help catch issues before major problems occur, as well as pinpoint the source of a problem. There are many reasons to schedule an inspection, even if the system seems to be working well.
1. Regulatory Requirements
Many states or municipalities have regulations on how often a septic system must be inspected and serviced. These regulations are designed to prevent septic issues that could taint groundwater and endanger human health in a region. How often inspections are required will vary, but generally, it will be every few years. Some states allow owners to perform inspections if they take a qualifying course, but hiring a professional will ensure the most thorough inspection.
2. New Home Purchase
When buying a home on septic it's vita that you have it inspected before finalizing the offer. Major issues with a septic system can be expensive and time-consuming to repair, and some problems may even inhibit your ability to move into the house right away. In many areas the seller is required to have an inspection performed before they can sell the house, otherwise, it is the buyer's responsibility to ensure one is completed.
3. Clogged Drains
If drains in the home are frequently clogging or emptying slowly, there may be an issue with the septic tank or drainfield. Drain backups are an even more severe sign that something is wrong. Pumping out the tank and performing an inspection can locate the source of the issue so that a more thorough cleaning can be done or the problem can be repaired.
4. Poor Water Test
Many people on septic are also on a private well. If a water test comes back showing contaminants, particularly fecal coliform bacteria, then there is a high chance that something is wrong with the septic system. Coliform bacteria could be entering the system from a leaking septic tank or line, or due to a collapse in part of the drainfield. An inspection will find the source so it can be repaired.
5. Surface Drainage Issues
Standing water on a drainfield or near the septic tank shouldn't be ignored, especially if it has the smell of raw sewage. Soggy, wet soil over a drainfield is another red flag that something could be wrong. Inspections typically cover both the tank and the drainfield systems, so this can be the easiest way to determine the underlying cause of the drainage issues.
Contact a septic system inspection service if you need a thorough check of your home's system.