The plumbing system of a structure sends undesirable wastewater and sediments to a septic system, which receives and processes them. So, it is important to have a basic idea of what a septic system is and how it functions. Septic tanks, distribution boxes, and leach fields are common components of septic systems. A drain field is another name for a leach field. Septic tanks work by separating solid materials like oil, grease, and sediments from wastewater and helping the breakdown of organic matter this way. When a septic system is operating properly, the liquid is released from the tank into a distribution box, and perforated pipes are buried in a leach field. The effluent is intended to be released into the soil gradually by the lines.
Ideally, every year or on special occasions, like before listing your house for sale, the septic system should be inspected. This will increase the property's worth and help you stay clear of any further issues a broken septic tank may cause later. So, if your septic system hasn't been examined for a while, it would be a good idea to call professionals now.
During the process of the septic tank inspection, professionals first look for the last time the tank was pumped. That's because it gives them a good idea of what the sludge levels look like and whether the tank currently needs pumping. Sludge builds up on the bottom of the tank over time and shouldn't fill up more than one-third of its normal level. There are different methods that can show professionals the sludge levels. Next, it should be ensured that the system is far away from the other water sources and that the system itself is enough for the house it's functioning for. Otherwise, it won't be able to tolerate the waste that is created every day. Then, by opening the distribution box, drain lines can be viewed, and whether they're clogged or not can be seen. The lids should be examined for any cracks. Check around the septic tank to see if any waste has risen to the ground level because that may be quite dangerous for people around you by contaminating the groundwater.
Of course, not every system is designed in the same way and complexity. So, the time it will take to complete the whole inspection will be dependent on factors like the inspector's experience and the complexity of the system. Normally, inspections can take around 45 minutes to complete, but it can take up to three hours. Similarly, the price of a septic inspection will vary based on several factors. The size of the system and the inspector's credentials and license have an impact on the cost.
If you provide your septic system with the necessary care on a regular basis, it will last longer and stay intact. Many experts advise having a professional septic tank inspection done once a year. Fortunately, Atlanta Property Inspection is available to assist you with this process. Our professional home inspectors are ready to examine the components of your septic system and help you solve any issues that may be found during the inspection. Give us a call now to find out more about our home inspection services.