ACADEMY HOME INSPECTION will assist you by scheduling your Septic Inspection in conjunction with your Home Inspection.
All ACADEMY HOME INSPECTION AFFILIATES ARE LICENSED, INSURED, AND CERTIFIED.
ACADEMY HOME INSPECTION ENDORSES THE FOLLOWING COMPANY:
SEPTIC INSPECTION FACTS
Septic systems are an important part of any home or building and should be tested by a septic inspector trained under association septic inspection standards. Septic tanks remove some solids and condition the sanitary flow so that it can be safely disposed of to a subsurface facility such as a tile field, leaching pools, or buried sand filter. Our complete septic inspection will test the working components of the septic system. Additionally, the organic solids retained in the tank undergo a process of liquefaction and anaerobic decomposition by bacterial organisms. The clarified septic tank effluent is highly odorous, contains finely divided solids, and may contain enteric pathogenic organisms. The small amounts of gases produced by the anaerobic bacterial action are usually vented and dispersed to the atmosphere without noticeable odor or ill effects.
COMPONENTS OF A COMPLETE SEPTIC INSPECTION INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
EVALUATE SEPTIC COMPONENTS INSIDE THE HOME:
Is a dye test sufficient as a standalone septic inspection?
Questions & Answers
The most complete inspections use a digital camera. A septic inspection is not complete unless the inspection is performed by an experienced and certified inspector. In addition, a complete inspection should include pumping the system, which should be performed at the time of inspection unless the system fails. If the system fails, it is not pumped to allow a second party to evaluate the system.
A digital TV camera provides many advantages over the traditional form of septic testing. Specifically, the camera allows one to visually examine all important components of the septic system. The camera provides visual confirmation of existing problems deep within the system. Septic inspections without cameras rely on guess work. A septic system may be easily misdiagnosed if a camera is not employed at the site. For example, a minor problem such as a blocked pipe may be misconstrued as a failure of an absorption field. Using a camera at the inspection can avoid this misdiagnosis, which can mean the difference of thousands of dollars in repairs.
A transmitter on the end of the camera helps pinpoint where the problem may be present. The transmitter also helps to locate hard to find parts of the system, such as the distribution box. This capability allows one to locate the components without excavating the yard.
Why should the tank be pumped at the time on inspection?
The physical condition of the tank cannot be assessed below the waste level. Pumping the tank allows a complete inspection of the tank. We recommend having the tank pumped during the inspection, not before, so that the parts of the system can be evaluated under normal operating conditions.
While it is not required for you to be present, we will need access inside the home. We strongly recommend that you are present for the septic inspection because you can see first hand whether problems are present. You can also see where each part of the system is for future reference.
Can a Septic Inspection be performed at the same time ACADEMY HOME INSPECTION conducts the Home Inspection? How much advance notice do you need?
It is a good idea to schedule the home and septic inspections for the same time. Neither inspection will interfere with the other and you will only need to make one trip to the property. We generally require 2 to 3 days notice to schedule an inspection. However, we can accommodate clients requiring shorter notice.
Beachstone Septic has over 20 years experience and can evaluate any system - even if it has not been used for a prolonged period of time.