Septic inspections are vital for ensuring your sewage treatment system is operating properly. Since the tank is buried underground, it’s easy to overlook the need for septic inspections. However, routine visits from a septic service provider help you discover small issues so you can repair them before they lead to a sewage backup or other emergency. Learn about the most common issues uncovered during septic inspections and how to address them.

Septic Inspection

Blockages in the Drain Field 

The drain field is a crucial septic system component that filters wastewater before releasing it into the soil. Over time, solid waste and other debris can accumulate in the drain field, leading to blockages that prevent water from draining properly. This can cause sewage backups and unpleasant odors in your home. Drain field blockages can often be resolved through professional cleaning or by installing new drain field lines. 

Leaking Tank or Pipes 

These septic system problems can lead to groundwater contamination and pose a health hazard to your family and neighbors. During a septic inspection, the technician will look for signs of leaks, such as wet spots or odors around the tank or pipes. If a leak is detected, address it immediately to prevent further damage. Leak repair is often possible, but severe cases may require you to replace the damaged components. 

Excessive Solids in the Tank 

Septic tanks separate solids from liquids, storing them for eventual disposal. Over time, solid waste can build up in the tank, reducing its capacity to manage liquid waste. If the crew detects this problem while measuring solids in the tank, they may recommend pumping immediately to prevent backups or overflows and extend the life of your septic system. 

Tree Root Intrusion 

Tree roots can infiltrate septic tanks and pipes, causing blockages and leaks. Your technician will look for signs of root intrusion during the inspection, such as cracks in the tank or pipes, and recommend appropriate action. This may include removing nearby trees or installing root barriers to prevent further infiltration. 

Damaged Baffles 

Baffles are partitions inside the septic tank that help separate solids from liquids and prevent debris from entering the drain field. These components can deteriorate over time, leading to system failures, so it’s important to check their condition during a septic inspection. 

Improper System Design or Installation 

If your septic system is designed or installed poorly, it may fail prematurely. This is why a septic inspection should include ensuring the tank meets local health and safety regulations. If the inspector finds any issues, they may recommend certain system modifications or repairs. 

Is it time for your next septic inspection? Trinity Liquid Waste can ensure a job well done. Our trained and licensed technicians will thoroughly check the crucial components of your septic system to identify any wear, damage, or other issues that could affect performance. We also offer septic pumping, septic repair, and more, making us your one-stop shop for septic services in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information or to request a visit, please call us at 510-874-6489 or contact us online.