ACADEMY HOME INSPECTION will assist you by scheduling your Septic Inspection in conjunction with your Home Inspection. 




Office: 973-427-1888


                                                      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. 






Check all appliances and associated pipes for proper connections. Determine whether all waste lines are properly discharging into approved waste systems.


OPTICAL CAMERA - EXAMININATION OF TANK: Our inspectors open the tank, examine the inlet and outlet baffles and determine the volume of the treatment tank. The tank is then inspected for cracks, corrosion and leakage. In addition, our inspectors also check the waste levels inside the treatment tank.


INSPECT THE CONVEYANCE SYSTEM: Our certified septic inspectors examine the distribution box for leakage, cracks and corrosion. Our inspectors also make sure that the distribution box is level. As part of this inspection all pipes leading to the box are examined using digital camera technology. Any pipes that are cracked or corroded will be identified.

CHECK THE ABSORBTION FIELD FIELD: Our septic inspectors use digital cameras to visually inspect pipes leading to the absorption (leech) field. The inspection also includes a flow test where dye is introduced into the septic system. This test will simulate normal septic usage and enable our septic inspectors to observe drainage. We also visually inspect the surface area to locate signs of system backups and probe underground to check for drainage levels.


COMPREHENSIVE AND EASY TO READ REPORT: The Report includes the overall condition of the septic system and what problems may be present, as well as independent assessments of the system’s three major components. It also provides a detailed report based on NJDEP & PSMA standards evaluating each component.


Hot Topic

Is a dye test sufficient as a standalone septic inspection?
No.  Using dye as a stand-alone septic system inspection may overlook significant problems with the septic system.  

Questions & Answers

What type of inspection is the most complete?

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.

Why do you use a camera during the inspection?

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.

How long does an inspection take?

Times will vary based on the complexity of each individual system.

Are there standards for septic inspectors?

Some municipalities in New Jersey require that a septic inspection be performed by a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, trained by the State of New Jersey.

At the very least, make sure that your inspector has gone through extensive training. Our inspectors have been trained by the PSMA which is widely recognized as the leading septic system authority in the area.

Do I need to be present for the inspection?

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.

How long does it take to generate the written report?

You receive your report at time of inspection.

How do you locate all the parts of the septic system?

Our inspectors use a variety of methods. Sometimes they can see where ground has been disturbed above the tank or inspection ports in the absorption (leech) field. They use a digital camera to locate all areas of your system. 

What if the house is vacant?

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.

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