Septic System Checklist

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Septic System Checklist

Our technicians don't just pump and run. We will do an onsite visual inspection (this is not a certification) at the time of pumping your system and we will complete any sewage management inspection reports that your municipality may require.

Our inspection checklist includes:

  1. Depth and Condition of the Lid - Pumping through a 4" inspection port or a 24" Manhole. We can pump through the 4" inspection port if your municipality allows it (however this is not recommended). It is mandatory to pump through the manhole lid in some municipalities. We will inspect the condition of the lid at the time of pumping. A loose or cracked lid should be replaced to keep dirt or other foreign matter from entering the tank. A cracked lid is a safety hazard. Installation of a riser to bring the lid up to grade is recommended for lids that are 8 inches or more below ground.
  2. Indication of Sewage Backup - Our technician will check for water flow into the tank from the home. Flushing a toilet at the time of pumping will demonstrate the water flow. Poor flow is an indication of a developing clog that could result in a back up in the future. We would recommend jetting or snaking the line to eliminate a future problem.
  3. Floatable solids at top (scum) and solid matter at the bottom (sludge) - Observation of these levels is important. If your floatable solids at the top exceed 6" or your sludge at the bottom exceeds 10" tank pumping should be performed more often. This shows your system is working properly, you are just taking on more volume.
  4. Field Run Back - Our technician will check for water flowing back into the tank from the drain field while pumping out system. If this is seen it may be the result of damage in the drain field.
  5. Absorption Area Conditions - An observation of lush vegetation, wet/soggy area or discharge of sewage on surface are indications of a saturated drain field.
  6. Condition of Baffle(s) - A broken or missing inlet or outlet baffle needs to be repaired in order for the tank to properly function. The Outlet baffle prevents solids/scum from entering the drain field.