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4 Common Steps in Septic Tank Inspections

Septic tank inspections are recommended whenever you buy a home with a septic system. They are also essential when you experience issues with the tank. If you're preparing for an appointment, you might wonder what to expect from the process. To help you prepare, here's a brief overview of what the inspector will do to ensure your system is in top shape.




What Happens During a Septic Tank Inspection?

1. Locate the Tank

Before the inspection can begin, the septic professional will need to pinpoint the tank's location. If you've had pumping services performed in the past or have a map of the property, you might know this information already.

If you don’t know where the tank is, the inspector may use a few methods to locate it. For example, they might contact a zoning agency to ask about the property map or insert a tool into the ground to probe for the tank.


2. Check the Drain Field

In most cases, it’s not necessary for an inspector to dig into the drain field. Digging is only needed when repairs are required.

Most professionals start by visually inspecting the area. If they notice that the soil is compacted due to the weight of vehicles or machinery, the pipes may need repairs. The technician also looks for indicators that waste is leaking out of the drain field, like grass patches that are too green or growing longer than the rest of the lawn.


3. Pump the Tank

Once the tank is in working order, the inspector measures the levels of solid and liquid waste in the tank to ensure that they’re below the maximum capacity. If the unit is full, the professional pumps the waste out of the tank.

After it’s clean, the inspector shines a light through the lid to check the tank's condition, looking for cracks or leaks. If there are issues present, you’ll need to have them repaired to maintain the unit's functionality. Lentz Septic completes a 45-point Septic Inspection for homeowners. For more information about our process, see our Inspections page!




4. Replace Soil

If digging was required to perform repairs, the professional will recover the area with soil after they collect all the necessary information. They will top the tank with soil and replace any disturbed sod to restore the site. In total, inspections typically last about six to eight hours.

When you need a septic tank inspection, call the experts at Lentz Septic Tank Service in Statesville, NC. Their skilled technicians have served homeowners in Iredell County and the surrounding communities since 1958. They will ensure that your system is in top shape using their 45-point inspection routine. Visit them online to learn more about the inspection process, or call (704) 876-1834 to schedule an appointment.

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