A Guide to Septic System Inspections

According to the US Census, more than 21 million households use septic systems and are not connected to a public sewer system. Septic tanks are used for the safe disposal and treatment of wastewater through the process of decomposition and drainage.

How a Septic Tank Works

The tank has two pipes, one at either end for inlet and outlet. The inlet pipe allows wastewater into the tank where the solid and liquid waste separates. Then the outlet pipe, also known as the drain field moves the preprocessed wastewater from the tank and into the soil.

The wastewater should eventually separate into three layers: a sludge layer (heavy waste particles) on the bottom, clear water in the middle, and a floating layer of scum (oils and grease) on top.

Bacteria from the wastewater will help to break down the solid waste inside of the tank. This bacteria works quickly which allows the water to drain at a faster rate.

Owning a septic system does not need to be complicated or expensive. Maintaining it comes down to three key elements:

  • Inspect it and pump frequently

  • Properly dispose of waste

  • Maintain your drain field

Why a Septic Inspection is Important

Regular cleaning, maintenance and inspections of your septic tank are important to keep it operating at peak performance. If septic tanks are not cleaned regularly, toxins and antibacterial substance will build up and kill the bacteria that is vital to breaking down the waste.

Septic inspections are especially important when you’re planning on purchasing a new home. You never really know what the previous homeowner put down their toilets so it’s important to have all of the facts and information before you move into your new home. It’s also helpful because every septic system will work a little differently, so the more you know about your new system, the fewer roadblocks you’ll run into down the line.

Every state has regulations in place regarding the inspection of septic systems in every building that has them, including your home. You can’t be sure of every item that gets flushed through your system so inspection will help to alert you to any major problems. At EZ Flow Plumbing, we specialize in residential plumbing services and pride ourselves on being able to make your problems go away.

What We Will Inspect

Sludge levels are an important aspect that we pay attention to when inspecting your tank. Inspecting the sludge level is important because it will help you determine if the tank has been pumped recently. If the previous owner never had this done, chances are the sludge level will be high and the tank will need to be pumped. If you notice any kind of waste around the base of the tank this is a clear indicator that your system is not functioning properly.

Additionally, if you notice a pungent smell or anything out of the ordinary this should also alert you to an issue. The sewer pump should also be checked regularly. There are some shady plumbers who will install the wrong size pumps to a tank or take other shortcuts in order to save a few bucks. At EZ Flow Plumbing, we make sure to do everything correctly the first time around so that you don’t have to deal with any unnecessary issues.

How EZ Flow Plumbing Can Help

If you notice any signs of sewage buildup either in your shower, tub, toilet, or around your septic tank make sure you call a professional plumber right away. At EZ Flow Plumbing we understand the importance of painless plumbing and do our best to make every one of our service calls as quick and easy as possible.

We treat each one of our customers as we would our own families and are committed to providing top quality service regardless of how small or large the job is. Visit our website or give our office a call to learn more about the services we provide!