If your home has a septic system, you’re probably wondering, do I need a septic tank inspection? A septic tank inspection is very important for several reasons, and because of this, septic tank inspection should be a part of your regular home maintenance list (about every 3-5 years). If you are in the market to purchase a new home, and you are looking at properties with septic tanks, it is important to make sure septic tank inspection is part of your inspection paperwork prior to signing.
Regular septic tank maintenance is the most important way to ensure that your septic tank lasts as long as it should. This maintenance also prevents costly damages or premature replacement costs of the system or its parts.
Important Septic Tank Maintenance & Use Tips:
- Only flush toilet tissue (avoid flushing hygiene products, wipes, paper towels, paint, medication, diapers, etc.)
- Do not drive cars on or near drain field, as their weight can damage piping.
- Be cautious of planting above a septic tank, especially large trees with large (potentially damaging) roots.
- Drainage water, sump pumps or any other surface water runoff should be directed away from your drain field.
- Septic systems need to be pumped regularly (every 2-5 years)
- Get a septic tank inspection every 3-5 years
What Happens If I Don’t Pump My Septic Tank?
Overtime, if a septic tank is not pumped every couple of years, blockages and overflow can occur. Soil, sludge, excrement and solid waste build up as a result of these blockages, resulting in a complete backup and possible failure of the system.
Why Should I Get A Septic Tank Inspection?
Not only does performing regular septic inspections serve as preventative maintenance, but it also helps your system to perform better. By having proactive inspections done, you are allowing your professional to find and repair minor issues before they turn into large septic tank failures, resulting in the needs for replacement (and potential damage costs). Similarly, regular repairs will inevitably result in a smoother working system.
Additionally, if these inspections have been a part of your regular home maintenance for years, the resale value of your home has increased. Knowing that a septic tank has been well cared for is both appealing and valuable to potential buyers.
Here’s What’s In A Septic Tank Inspection:
- Visual Inspections – A visual inspection consists of flushing toilets and running water within the house to ensure that the water pressure is working correctly, and draining is working as it should. As a final step, the inspector will go outside to your leach fields to see if there is any standing water. While this type of inspection is helpful, it’s much less extensive, and often not enough.
- Full Inspections – Full inspections go beyond visual components. The cover of the tank will be removed to check water level to identify whether the water is draining properly or not. The water level within the tank will also be observed while flushing toilets and running water. Backflow from the absorption area will also be checked for (which can indicate a problem with the drain field).
Septic tanks should last up to 25 years if maintained and cared for properly. Here are some signs that your septic tank may be failing. Neglecting septic tank maintenance can result in costly and avoidable damages. It is important to be educated on how a septic system works, how to maintenance it, and proper use. Kulk’s Plumbing & Heating can assist with septic installation, septic tank inspection, part replacement, leach field repair/replacement, distribution boxes, etc. Contact us today!