Home Septic System Inspection

What We Will Do (after permission is given by owners in writing)

Phase A.
Inspect the septic system’s past and present operational performances.

We do this by looking into the septic tank’s inlet and outlet.  We can tell you whether or not the system is functioning properly during high peak usage or in complete failure or struggling toward complete failure.  This information cannot be obtained by doing a dye test.  A dye test only tells you if a system is illegally dumping septage on the surface, it doesn’t tell you the structural condition of the tank.  To do this, we would need to have the outlet opened.  If the tank is metal under all conditions the whole lid should be able to be opened.  If someone is there to let us into the house we’ll try and see if plumbing is separate and what goes into what, as far as the leaching system goes.  We’ll also make recommendations where needed.  This phase includes a written report but no digging and no pumping by us, unless otherwise agreed.  We will charge for locating – finding depth and digging, backfilling and landscaping if requested.

Phase B.

If requested, we will pump the tank at the time of inspection.  The pumping is necessary if the report is to be a complete report.  It also allows the new owner to start off fresh and get the system to adapt to their use quickly.

Phase C.
Locating and/or uncovering the septic tank (this can be done by others if you wish)

Locating tank – if present owner doesn’t know where the septic tank is, we can recommend a locating company. Sometimes the only way to find the septic tank is to start where the pipe exits the house and locate it outside and follow it to the tank.  This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.  Permission to go on the property and excavate must be in writing.  If requested, we will take care of this phase of work for an extra fee.

Excavating and uncovering (after written permission is given)
We can uncover a tank by hand using a shovel only up to 12” no frost.  If tank is not located for some reason while we are there, a service charge will be incurred for the time spent on the job.  We will leave until the problem of locating the septic tank is resolved.  This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.

To excavate more than 1 foot we recommend using a backhoe.  We will put risers on at the time of excavation if requested for an additional cost.  Contact our office for prices
on excavation and cost of installing risers and/or new lids that are child proof.

What we don’t do: (unless requested and cost agreed upon)

  1. Excavation
  2. Locating of tank’s leach fields and depths, etc.
  3. Pumping of system
  4. Landscaping
  5. Access risers (so digging is not necessary next time).  We will put them on, labor included, at the time of excavation and backfilling for added, agreed upon fee.