Septic tank inspections are a lot like regular doctor’s checkups. When done routinely and properly, they give you a chance to spot problems before they become worse—and, in some cases, prevent them from happening in the first place.
But much like doctor’s checkups, septic tank inspections should only be done by a professional. Otherwise, you run the risk of overlooking or misinterpreting the “symptoms” of your system.
Here, we explain when you need septic tank inspections, along with what to expect.
SEPTIC TANK INSPECTION FREQUENCY
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, residential septic systems need to be inspected at least once every three years.
This is true even if your septic system seems to be working well and isn’t causing any problems. Here’s why: Septic failure often stems from small, fixable issues. These issues may not always be obvious, let alone cause noticeable problems. The key is to identify these hiccups before they lead to expensive system-wide failures.
Keep in mind that every household is different. Depending on your overall water usage and type of septic system, you may need more or less frequent septic tank inspections.
You should also schedule an inspection if you:
- Notice a problem (such as standing water, stinky odors, or sluggish drains)
- Are planning to renovate your home
- Are moving into a new home with a septic system
- Are overdue for a septic inspection or routine pumping
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A SEPTIC INSPECTION
In general, here’s what you can expect during a septic system inspection:
- Consultation. Your septic provider will want to learn about how your system has been cared for thus far. They’ll ask questions about its maintenance history, along with any potential issues.
- Visual inspection. Next, your septic provider will check the inside of your tank. They’ll look for signs of leaks, overload, and damage.
- Pumping and drainfield test. Finally, your provider will determine if your drainfield is working properly. They’ll pump the tank and examine the area, where they’ll look for any backflow.
The inspector will also dig up the soil around the septic system and drainfield. Therefore, it’s important to keep the area clear of objects and other debris.
CALL PARADISE VALLEY SEPTIC FOR A SEPTIC INSPECTION IN PHOENIX
Not sure if it’s time to get a septic tank inspection? Contact the professionals at Paradise Valley Septic. Our trained septic providers can explain when you should get inspections, along with what to expect. Contact us at (480) 351-1725 today.