IS A SEPTIC SYSTEM?
septic system is usually a gravity flow system
designed to safely dispose of domestic waste and effluent.
Configurations of these systems depend on factors such
as terrain, soil percolation rate, size of lot, etc.
Tanks have been constructed of many materials.
Concrete is generally considered the best. Effluent
from the tank may flow into a distribution box then
equally into lateral lines (long perforated pipes).
It will then disperse into the gravel and soil.
This area is the disposal bed. Smaller lots may
require a seepage pit (large perforated tank filled
with gravel) instead of lateral lines.
DO YOU TEST A SEPTIC SYSTEM?
Open Pit testing is the preferred method of diagnosing
a septic system. Dye traces alone are ineffective and
do not reveal many present problems or failures.
Open pit testing includes: locating and hand digging
up the tanks' lid; assessing the function of the
inlet and outlet baffles; assessing the levels and
separation of the scum, effluent and solids; utilizing
cameras to determine proper function, proper installation
or if there are blockages; probing the septic field
or disposal area; running water into system as needed,
A visual exam is also performed. Some signs
of aging or saturation to consider may include lush
vegetation; excessive surface moisture; barren areas;
pumping that exceeds tanks' capacity; sewage bleedout
Confirm with the seller the exact location
and age of the system. Ask seller when it was last pumped,
the recent pumping intervals (receipts would be nice)
and for permission to hand dig up the lid. Inform
us if the septic system has not been used for seven
days or more prior to the inspection. Please keep in
mind some septic systems exceed $20,000 so the more
information you can provide us, the better we can serve
you. Septic insurance is available, affordable and
recommended. Call us today and Polo & Associates
will discount your septic inspection (when included
with a full home inspection) and also arrange for your
septic inspection to coincide with the home inspection!