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Especially if you’re buying or selling a home, you’ll need a septic inspection. No matter whether you’re the buyer or seller, it’s in your best interest to make sure the septic system is in good working order and is pumped out before the property changes hands. There’s not too much for you to do regarding this inspection, because the inspector you hire will handle it. However, there are some steps you should take to prepare for the septic inspection.

  • First, know the location of your septic system’s components. Take note of the location of your drain field and the septic system’s access point. There may be a manhole cover that’s buried, and it’s helpful if you can mark its location so that the technician can dig it out. Of course, you can also dig it out yourself to save time when the technician arrives.
  • Limit your water use on inspection day. The inspector will evaluate the liquid levels in your tank, observing the flow to the absorption area. If you use a lot of water on the day of the inspection, it can skew the levels, so it’s probably better to postpone things like laundry, baths, showers and running the sprinklers until after the inspection.
  • Take the time to learn what’s involved in a healthy septic system. Sometimes, there can be problems that don’t necessarily manifest when you flush the toilet. Be aware that just because you haven’t been experiencing problems, that doesn’t mean your system is in perfect condition.
  • Know what a septic inspection will entail. The inspector will evaluate the condition of the septic tank, including the bottom walls, roof, and baffles. The absorption area will be inspected for the presence of liquid, and the pump and floats will be inspected to make sure they’re in good working order. The inspection will also involve evaluation of the liquid levels, the flow from the home to the treatment tanks, the flow to the pump tank if applicable, and the flow to the absorption area. The inspector will check to make sure the plumbing is properly hooked up and the appropriate plumbing fixtures are connected to the system. Finally, to make sure there’s no possibility that the septic system can contaminate your drinking water, the inspector will measure the distance between the tanks and absorption area and your well.

Whether or not you’re selling your home, it’s smart to have periodic inspections of your septic system. It’s also important for the septic tank to be pumped every two to four years, so that it can continue to function properly. When you need help with your septic system, trust Trinity Liquid Waste. A family-owned business, we’ve been proudly serving customers throughout the Bay area for over 25 years. Specializing in residential and commercial septic and sewer services, our professional team provides exceptional service at affordable rates. Whether you need routine maintenance or 24-hour emergency service, we’re here for you. Call (510) 874-6489 or contact us through our website for more information.