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Septic Inspection

Septic System Inspections

our process

Our certified septic inspectors have a vast knowledge of the different types of septic systems and how they work. First, we locate the tank, utilizing specialized devices for those that may be hard to find. Once the septic tank is located, we unearth the lid and open it. Many other home inspectors will not locate or open the tank, but will simply just run the water in the house and if the system does not back up, they considered it passable. Through many years of performing septic inspections we understand the importance of opening the tank to know whether or not the system is functioning properly or at all.

Once we have opened the tank we monitor the effluent levels before running water into the system, inspect the condition of inlet and outlet baffles, and check the solid levels in the tank to let you know when you should expect to have the septic system pumped. On request, arrangements can be made for the tank to be pumped at the time of the inspection.

field testing

We will conduct a functional water flow test into the drain field to determine if there is any blockage or saturation. The drain field is augured and the wash stones examined if conditions call for it. If there is an effluent tank with a lift pump – we will inspect it and test the pump. If there is an alarm system in the effluent tank, that will also be tested. If an alarm is not present, our certified inspectors will recommend one be installed.

At Traverse City Home Inspections our goal is to conduct a thorough examination and functional water flow test to assure our clients that they have a working septic system. If it is not functioning or if repairs are needed we will report it to you. Unfortunately, we're never able to predict how long it will last or if it will be able to handle an increased load with a larger family. Our inspection will yield useful information on the condition of the system at the time of the inspection and often uncovers defects which can save the purchaser a large unexpected expense.

types of tanks

There are many different types of septic systems ranging from conventional in-ground gravity systems to engineered mound systems; from aerobic treatment systems to peat moss bio-filter systems. Our inspectors have seen them all and can educate you on how your system works and how to maintain it.

tank life expectancy

The average life expectancy of a septic system is approximately 20 to 30 years. We recommend that you contact a local septic company for further maintenance tips and to be placed on a pumping schedule every few years. Proper usage and maintenance may extend the life of your system.