Septic inspections are vital to ensure the health and safety of those living in your home. The septic system is responsible for treating and disposing of waste, which, when not done correctly, can lead to water contamination, environmental damage, and even serious health issues.
During a septic inspection, you can expect a thorough examination of your system. Inspectors will evaluate the condition of the septic tank, including assessing the sludge and scum levels and looking for signs of leakage or backup. They will also examine the drainfield, distribution box, and inlet and outlet pipes, verifying that all electrical connections, pumps, controls, and wiring are intact.
Septic Tank Inspections
- Did you know that, as a homeowner, you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system?
- Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home?
- Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank?
Very few inspectors offer a complete septic inspection. But Mirowski Inspections takes pride in delivering a quality service.
Septic systems treat and disperse relatively small volumes of waste water from individual and small numbers of homes and commercial buildings. Septic system regulation is usually a state and local responsibility. The EPA provides information to homeowners and assistance to state and local governments to improve the management of septic systems to prevent failures that could harm human health and water quality.
Below are a few diagrams for your reference. Make note that below are just a few of many different configurations a septic tank may take.
Information for Homeowners
If your septic tank failed, or you know someone whose did, you are not alone. As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system. Proper septic system maintenance will help keep your system from failing and will help maintain your investment in your home. Failing septic systems can contaminate the ground water that you and your neighbors drink and can pollute nearby rivers, lakes and coastal waters.
You should have the underground parts of the system inspected by Mirowski Inspection's professional septic inspectors. Visually inspecting the tank will determine its size, the condition of the two baffles and whether it needs to be pumped out. Further, if the inspection is being performed at the time of pumping the tank, the presence of a back-flow from the field can be determined.
Locating Your Tank
Your tank should be a minimum of 5 feet away from your house, and is not likely to be found uphill from the house. The tank is supposed to have two 6 inch diameter inspection pipe lids flush with or protruding above the ground. If you see this, the access port (“large manhole”) that has to be uncovered is somewhere in between these lids. If you cannot locate these inspections pipes, it is likely they are covered. Though they are not supposed to be covered, it is not necessary for them to be uncovered to be able to perform an inspection.