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4 Questions You Should Ask Before a Septic Inspection

Your septic tank is designed to temporarily hold household wastewater till heavy solids and lighter scum separate from it. Like every other part of your septic system, your septic tank needs regular inspection and maintenance. Failure to inspect your septic tank can lead to poor septic system performance and reduced lifespan.

Before you get a septic inspection done, seek answers to the following questions.

Why Should I Have My Septic Tank Inspected Regularly?

There are several compelling reasons to have your contractor inspect your septic tank regularly. Periodic septic tank inspections can save you dollars on repair by uncovering problems at an early stage before they snowball into major issues. With regular inspection, your septic tank will keep working at its optimum efficiency and last longer.

How Often Should I Schedule a Professional Septic Inspection?

A good rule of thumb is to have your septic tank inspected once every three years. If you have a garbage disposal system, you will want to schedule septic inspections more frequently – every year. When determining septic inspection intervals, the most critical factor to consider is the number of people in the household.

Why Should I Hire a Professional for Septic Inspection?

Solid and liquid waste held by septic tanks contains toxic gases such as carbon dioxide, ammonia, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. If you try to inspect your septic tank yourself, there is a strong possibility that you will come in contact with these gases. Professionals are aware of these risks. They take all the necessary precautions to ensure safety and prevent toxic gases from escaping septic tanks.

What Does a Septic Inspection Entail?

If you plan to buy a house and want your contractor to conduct a septic inspection, the first step involves locating the septic tank. After your contractor successfully locates the tank, they will:

  • Conduct a visual inspection of the drainfield. A drainfield inspection can reveal existing problems such as sogginess, cesspools, and green or black standing water.
  • Check the baffles to make sure they are not covered by solids and are above the sewage level.
  • Check the water pressure by flushing the toilet and running water.
  • Look for signs of damage such as chipping, weathering, rotting, and cracking.
  • Remove the cover to check the water level. If the liquid in your tank has reached its top, it is overfull. This can indicate a problem with the drainfield.
  • Measure the level of solids in your tank using a long, hollow pole.
  • Check the distribution box for tilting and tipping, damaged outlets and openings that restrict flow.

Whether you want to install a new septic tank or want to have an existing one maintained, L.J. Construction has got you covered. Our septic tank technicians have amassed a wealth of knowledge that enables them to develop cost-effective solutions to septic tank problems. To schedule Sonoma County septic pumping, call (707) 823-0247.