Purchasing a new house can be the biggest investment you can make. Ensuring that the septic system is in working condition before making the ultimate decision is where we come in. We educate the buyer about the system so they know what proper care practices can be instilled, and warn them if any existing problems that may be occurring.

An inspection first and foremost starts with and interior inspection of the house. We look for backwash from water treatment systems, garbage disposals, and hot tubs that could be draining into the septic system. We look for these because they can have and adverse affect on how much damage they may have caused or can cause in the future. A water treatment system is not permitted to discharge into the septic system. On-site disposal of water treatment system wastewater shall have a dedicated area separate from the septic system. Houses with garbage disposals and hot tubs draining into septic systems are required to have a septic tank that is 250 gallons bigger than the size tank required for the amount of bedrooms in the house.

Next, we locate and open the front and rear covers of the septic tank. If the covers are more than 1 foot deep, the Connecticut Public Health Code requires that the tank is retrofitted with risers. This will bring the access to the tank closer to the surface. We inspect the water level in the tank, check for stress cracks in the concrete, and the general condition of the inlet and outlet baffles.

We will run some water from the house to verify the pitch in the pipes to the tank is correct and that there are no obstructions.

After these steps are completed, we will pump the tank. We can see how responsible the existing homeowner was with maintenance of the septic system while pumping by how much solids have accumulated, what makes up the contents of the solids (grease, anti-bacterial wipes, feminine products, etc) and if the tank should have been pumped sooner. Pumping will also determine the size of the tank.

A visual inspection of the leaching area will be conducted to get an idea of how well they are working. We look for saturated areas on the ground, greener grass, settling of the ground, and then probe the area to check for further ground saturation. Recommendations will be made for protecting the existing system from failure, and examining for a reserve or replacement area for the future are looked at.

Finally, after the inspection is completed, a report will be written detailing the results found during the course of the inspection and the recommendations that may have to be done.