The purpose of the treatment tank or “Septic Tank” is to contain solid waste and to permit the beginning of bacterial action to process sewage into a combination of clarified effluent, settled sludge, or floating scum in the tank.
An intact, un-damaged septic tank is normally always filled with these materials.
However, the inspector performing a “visual” check of the septic system needs to be alert for some important findings.
The Septic Tank Mirror, Set To An Appropriate Angle, Combined With Light From The Flashlight, Permits Inspection Of The Interior Of The Septic Tank After It Has Been Emptied.
We May Check The Condition Of The Septic Tank Baffles, The Cleanliness Of The Septic Tank, And Will Look For Cracks, Breaks, Or Damage That Might Explain A Septic Tank Leak.
Inspecting the Septic Tank and Septic Tank Area BEFORE Opening the Septic Tank
After Opening But Before Pumping The Septic Tank: When The Septic Tank Is Opened Before It Has Been Pumped Out Or Cleaned, We Also Look For Important Information About The Condition Of The Septic System Is Available:
Septic Tank Inspection During Tank Pumping
During Septic Tank Pumping: If We Observe (Or Hear) Septic Effluent Flowing Back Into The Septic Tank From The Tank Outlet Pipe This Is A Sure Indication That The Drain Field Or Soil Absorption System Is Waterlogged, And Indicates A System Failure Needing Further Investigation.
As The Effluent Level Dropped Below That Of The Bottom Of The Tank Baffles, We Stopped Pumping Briefly To Listen For The Sound Of Effluent Flowing Back Into The Tank From Its Outlet.
After The Septic Tank Has Been Pumped Out We Find It Useful To Inspect Its Interior For Evidence Of Cracks, Settlement, Or Damage To Its Baffles, Or Perhaps To Confirm The Tank Size If Most Of The Tank Has Remained Buried.
If A Septic Tank Has Been Serviced By Removing A Cover Over The Entire Tank All Of These Conditions Can Be Seen Easily. But More Often We Pump Out The Tank By Access Through A Center Cleanout Port.
If There Is No Center Cleanout Port On A Septic Tank (Some Older Concrete Tanks) It Is Pumped Preferably At The Outlet End Of The Tank But Possibly At The Inlet End.
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