Septic Tank Inspections
Regular inspections will determine if your septic system is in proper work order or not.
They are one of the best ways to significantly prolong the life of your septic wastewater system and can save you a lot of money down the road. Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is the leading culprit. An unusable or failing septic system will lower your property value and could pose a legal liability.
Inspecting the Tank
As part of your regular septic system maintenance program, FloHawks recommends that a trained professional complete a thorough inspection of the entire septic system at least once per year. First, the inspector will locate the septic system and its components. This will be helpful if you aren’t already familiar with your system’s layout. The inspector will uncover the tank’s cover and inspection ports. They will also check connections to ensure that your household plumbing is all going to the system and working correctly.
Most importantly, the inspector will verify how full the tank is and measure the levels of scum and sludge in your tank so you can get a more accurate idea of how often it should be pumped. The inspector will check the condition of the baffles or tees, the walls of the tank for cracks, and other parts of the system. Remember that toxic gases produced inside the tank can be very dangerous. Be safe and leave the inspections to the trained professionals.
Inspecting the System
Regular inspections can reveal problems before they become serious. In addition to inspecting the tank, our FloHawks technician will check out the drain field for any signs of failure. Our skilled professionals have the trained eye to identify the most telling signs of septic system failure. They will check for any pooling water or muddy soil around your septic system or in your basement. They will ask you whether your toilet or sink backs up when you flush or do laundry. You might also notice strips of bright green grass over the drain field, which can also be indicative of septic system failure.
It is very important to keep a detailed record of all inspections, pumpings, permits, repairs, and any other maintenance to your system along with a sketch of where your septic system is located. Having this information for future service visits can save you both time and money.