What to Expect During a Full Septic Tank Inspection

October 1, 2019

When you buy or sell a home with a septic tank, a full septic tank inspection is part of the package. But you should hire a plumbing contractor to do a full septic tank inspection every three to five years—it’s the best chance of catching problems before they become particularly expensive.

There are two types of septic inspections: visual and full. Visual encompasses asking the owner some questions about the functioning plumbing and observing whether or not it appears to be working properly, while a full septic inspection digs a bit deeper.

What happens during a full septic tank inspection

A full septic tank inspection goes through the following steps:

  • Checking the water level: First, the inspector will take off the cover to the septic tank and observe the water level, then they’ll check to make sure that water is flowing from the house to the tank. If everything is working properly, the water level will not rise.
  • Dye test: Your inspector may choose to use a dye test, which makes it more evident how much of the water is entering your tank after using sinks or flushing the toilet.
  • Pumping the tank: After the water level check and dye test, your inspector will pump the tank. If there’s any backflow, there may be an issue with your drain field—your inspector will be able to tell you whether there are issues with a certain part of your septic system and how to fix them.

Septic tanks last an average of 25 years, so it’s important to be cognizant of how long it’s been since yours was installed. If it’s reaching the end of its lifespan, you may want to proactively replace it before other issues present themselves. However, if you regularly maintain your septic system, it can last indefinitely—which is a great reason to make sure to call the pros every three to five years.

Signs of problems

If it’s not quite time for your regular full septic tank inspection, but you notice the following problems, call a plumber right away. Puddles in your yard or suspiciously healthy patches of grass over your tank can indicate a leak. Plumbing backups within your home are also signs of impending plumbing issues.

The better you maintain your septic system, the more luck you’ll have keeping it around for years to come. If you’re buying a home with a septic tank, make sure to ask for a pumping history and hire an inspector to ensure the plumbing is in working order.

To extend the lifespan of your septic tank, make sure to only use septic-safe products.

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