What is the most complete type of inspection?
The industry standard for a complete septic inspection includes a digital video camera inspection. The inspection is not complete unless it is performed by a certified, insured, experienced inspector, and should also include the use of high tech pipe video.
Your inspector should conduct an open pit/open tank inspection and locate all major components of your septic system.
Why is a video camera used?
Digital video Camera technology provides us with many advantages over traditional septic inspections and testing. When we use a digital video camera, we are better able to view the inside of the septic system, and also access the tank itself, which is usually buried underground. Using a digital video camera, we can identify potential problems that exist deep within the system, instead of guessing at them based on more readily observable parts of the system.
Digital Video Cameras also allow us to access more difficult-to-find parts of the system without excavating in your yard, in most cases.
How long does an inspection last?
Inspection timing varies based on the size and complexity of the tank itself, and the inspector’s on-site findings. Generally speaking, an inspection can last anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours.
Are there standards for septic inspectors?
Standards vary from state to state, and some municipalities also have their own, often stricter guidelines for inspectors. We follow New Jersey DEP guidelines.
At the very least, ensure that your inspector has been properly trained. Eco-Aire inspectors are all experienced at what they do, and are registered, insured, and certified by NEHA, so you never have to worry when you call us.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
You do not need to be present, but we will require access to the home. We recommend that you are home for the inspection so that you can see the problems firsthand, and also learn where each part of your system is located, in case you are not sure.
How long before I receive my written report?
Our reports are sent via email or fax within one business day of the inspection date. If you are present for the inspection, you will also hear a verbal report at the end.
How do you locate all parts of my septic system?
We use a combination of methods, from visual to digital and location equipment. At times, our inspectors can identify where the ground has been disturbed above the tank, or inspection ports in the absorption field. If the tank is more difficult to locate, we have more sophisticated locating equipment to assist us.
What is a dye test?
With a dye test, we’ll run water from your house while adding a colored dye, so we can track the flow of water.
What is the purpose of a hydraulic load test?
This test determines the volume of clean water an absorption area can absorb under full occupancy conditions. We recommend a hydraulic load test during your inspection when:
- Your structure has been vacant
- New water sources have directed to the system
- High water conditions are observed
- There is a significant difference in the current water use, compared to the anticipated use of the structure.
What if the house is vacant?
A hydraulic load test can imitate the occupancy of a home so that the system can be tested under normal usage pressure conditions. We recommend this test for homes that have been vacant for 7 or more consecutive days, or those homes with low occupancy.
Septic System Do’s and Don’ts
Do learn the location of your septic tank and drain field. Make a sketch of its location.
Do have your septic pumped out by a licensed pumper, approximately every three years, or as often as is appropriate for your system.
Do keep a detailed record of any septic repairs or other maintenance activities performed.
Do keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumping. Install risers if necessary.
Do conserve water to avoid overloading the system. Be sure to repair any leaky faucets or toilets quickly.
Do divert other sources of water, like roof drain or sump pump away from the septic system. Allowing excessive water into your septic system will create an overload to the drain field.
Do contact a septic contractor whenever you experience problems with your system. Early intervention may save the septic system from failing prematurely.
Don’t go into a septic tank. Toxic gases are produced by the natural treatment process in septic tanks and can kill in minutes. Extreme care should be taken when inspecting a septic tank, even when just looking in.
Don’t allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the system. This will result in damage to the septic system.
Don’t plant anything over or near the drain field except grass. Root from nearby trees or shrubs may clog and damage the drain lines.
Don’t dig in your drain field or build anything over it. Don’t cover the drain field with a hard surface, such as concrete or asphalt. The area over the drain field should have only grass cover over it.
Don’t make or allow any repairs to your septic system without obtaining the required health department permit. Use licensed contractors or if necessary consult with a professional engineer when any septic work is needed.
Don’t use your toilet as a trash can or pour harmful chemicals and cleaners down the drain. Harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria that treat your wastewater.
Don’t allow backwash from home water softeners to enter into the septic system. This will cause an overload to your septic system.