Why should I have my septic system inspected?
The septic system is likely the single most expensive component of a home to replace. While having the septic system inspected does not warranty it, a Septic Inspection can provide you with a good understanding of the size, age and condition of the system.
A septic system is designed according to factors such as the size of a home, the number of bedrooms and the number of plumbing fixtures. If these factors have changed since the septic was installed, the system might be undersized and overloaded.
A well-maintained septic system can last 25 years or longer. However, if the system has not been properly maintained, it can fail at any time.
What does a septic inspection include?
- Interior Plumbing
- confirm that waste disposal unit and sump pump are not draining into septic
- check for leaky fixtures and faucets – these can add thousands of litres of water to the septic
- ensure that all plumbing fixtures are hooked up to the septic system
- Site Conditions
- ensure proper setbacks from septic to wells, bodies of water and buildings
- ensure runoff is not flooding septic system
- Septic Tank and Bed
- inspect physical condition of tank – presence of baffles and filter, water tightness
- inspect fluid levels – high or low fluid levels can indicate a problem with the tank or bed
- ensure tank is of adequate size
- apply stress load of waste water to ensure septic bed is functioning properly
- examine area around bed for sewage breakouts