Many homeowners don’t realize how important it is to perform regular maintenance to a septic system. That’s not good. If you fail to service and inspect the system, you will run into some serious trouble. The septic system is one of the most important systems in your home. If your home has a septic tank, you need to think about getting a septic inspection. Read more to learn why septic inspections are so important.
What Is A Septic System?
If your home isn’t connected to your city or town’s sewer, you have a septic system. The EPA reported that 25% of homes in America use septic tanks. So, it’s safe to say they’re not going anywhere.
Underground, the septic tank processes and breaks down waste. These tanks are often made of steel or concrete. The septic tank holds wastewater from your home and allows solids to settle on the bottom of the tank. Oils within the wastewater float to the top and create an air seal that allows bacteria to grow. The bacteria within a septic tank help break down the waste faster.
Why Do I Need A Septic Inspection?
Septic inspections are vital for any home. Without a septic inspection, there is no way to know how the system is working. If the effluent (the clear liquid) is not flowing into the leach field, you can end up with an overflowing mess. Septic inspections help protect the health of both your home and family.
During inspections, the inspector takes off the cover to check the water level. If the water is too high, the tank isn’t draining well. Also, they will run water inside the home to watch for a rising water level. After the inspection, the tank gets pumped.
You should get a septic inspection every 3 to 5 years and have it pumped each time. This is the best way to prevent future issues or damage.
How Much Do Septic Inspections Cost?
This is a question we hear a lot. The price varies from inspector to inspector, but usually, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $600. The average price is around $350. That’s a pretty reasonable price to do something that could save you thousands of dollars.
Now that you know why you need to get a septic inspection—get one! If you have other plumbing or sewer questions, please give us a call. We even offer a camera sewer line service where we feed a camera throughout the sewer line system of your home.