Tips for Septic Inspections

If you are new to owning a septic system, you’re becoming more and more aware of the scheduling, maintenance, and requirements that fall on you to make sure you’re protecting your system and preparing for the future. From routine maintenance and inspections to proper care and treatment plans, the more proactive you are with your septic system, the more prepared you are for your future. 

Septic systems aren’t overly complex. Essentially they just settling chambers, where wastewater goes to separate between solids and liquids so that the clear liquids can be distributed to drain fields. Those solids that separate out build up over time and eventually need to be pumped. But between pumping (usually every 3 years) is the need to make sure your septic system is properly functioning. 

Personal Inspections 

Owning a septic means you have to get into new habits of managing and maintaining your system. It’s not about becoming a septic professional but simply about paying attention, knowing what to look for, and what to do if you notice something peculiar or malfunctioning. 

Before the snow fell, did you notice pooling water around your septic system or grass that was greener than other areas? Do you notice smells coming from around your septic system? Are you hearing your septic alarm? By paying attention to the sights, smells, and sounds in and around your septic system, you’re helping to protect yourself from unnecessary expenses or unexpected repairs. You should be regularly (at least monthly) pay check the area around your septic system. 

You can also inspect the depth of scum in your tank yourself. However, never enter your septic system yourself. Doing so can be fatal. Always consult a professional if you need to access your septic system. 

Professional Inspections

You should be planning a professional inspection of your septic system every 3 years. This inspection will help you know the exact condition of your system, what’s properly functioning, what’s needing addressed, and what expectations you can have for the future. 

Your inspection will check the functional components of your system as well as your capacity an operation. Your septic professional will be able to tell you what elements of your system should be closely monitored and what kinds of steps you can take to protect your investment. 

If you either just moved in to your house or cabin — or if you don’t remember the last time you had an inspection — it’s probably time to schedule an inspection!

If you know what’s going on with your septic system, you’re setting yourself up for long-term performance as well as cost savings. Connect with Septic Check today to get your next inspection scheduled.