If you have a septic system, you likely already know that proper maintenance is one way to keep your septic tank working well throughout its useful life. Septic tank inspection services are part of those routine tasks that ensure your septic system is functioning correctly and help identify any early warning signs before they become problems.
At The Original Plumber & Septic, our team of professionals provides complete inspections in Woodstock and the Metro Atlanta, GA area.
Give us a call or keep reading to learn more about a septic tank inspection and our services.
Before we dive into how we do inspections, let’s cover the basics of a septic system. Septic systems typically include a septic tank and a drain field or leach field.
The septic system processes water from your home’s plumbing system. Your drains or drain lines carry wastewater from your toilets, kitchen sinks, dishwashers, washers, etc. That water flow makes its way into your underground septic systems, where the solids are broken down and separated from the oils, grease, and water. Over time, the effluent water exits the septic tank through a series of pipes in the soil under the drain field.
A septic system is essentially a small processing plant in your backyard, and keeping it running correctly is crucial for your house.
If you want excellent service for your Atlanta septic system, you want The Original Plumber & Septic. Our professional team knows how to keep your system working correctly and provides the utmost care for your house and property.
We’re the #1 septic service provider for a reason. Property owners know that we have the skills and the customer focus to get the job done right every time.
At The Original Plumber & Septic, we believe in transparency and providing the correct septic services for your needs. Our team will always provide upfront and honest pricing so you can keep your septic system working properly from day one. Whether you need maintenance or inspection services, septic pumping, or a septic system installation, we are the go-to septic company.
Give us a call today to schedule your septic system visual inspection and assessment.
What does a septic system inspection include?
When you choose The Original Plumber & Septic for a checkup, our septic inspectors complete a full review of your system. We start by locating your septic system and uncovering any access areas.
Once we have access to the inspection port, our septic inspectors will check the internal baffles. Baffles control access points that receive and expel, so you will typically have two types, an inlet and outlet baffle. If the baffles are broken or in non-working condition, they can impact the septic tanks’ ability to work correctly.
Our septic system inspection will include checking your effluent filter if you have one. We’ll also flush toilets in the house during a septic inspection to watch for signs of sewage or backup.
Within the tank, our technicians will measure the layers of both scum and sludge in your septic tank systems and check for any signs of groundwater contamination. If the tank is full, a tank pumping may be recommended.
Standing water, foul smells, and soggy grass can indicate that a septic tank is full or no longer functioning correctly. A visual inspection around the system is also part of our septic inspection. If a problem is identified, we may conduct additional steps such as a dye test, flushing toilets, and checking for the source of trouble. A clogged system or even excessive water from the home can cause irreversible damage to septic systems if not fixed quickly and correctly.
If a drain field inspection is required, the contractor may recommend this as a second critical step.
At the end of your septic inspection, our professionals will provide a comprehensive report on your current system’s actual condition and any recommendations that will help your system function properly for many years to come.
Need an Atlanta septic tank inspection? Contact our trusted team for excellent service and professional inspection.
Buying or selling a property is one of the most common events that trigger both a septic tank and home inspection.
A home that is not connected to a public sewer and has a septic system will need these essential systems inspected before closing on the transaction. The last thing you want to do is close on a new home only to be surprised by an expensive repair bill after the fact. An inspection from a licensed Atlanta septic company can help ensure a smooth transaction and confirm the septic system is functioning properly and in good working condition.
An inspection is one way to extend the life of your septic system. Plan to have your tank inspected every one to two years on average. A tank with mechanical parts (such as a pump) may require more frequent inspection.
An inspection is just part of the essential septic services for your system. You should also expect your septic company to pump your tank regularly to avoid any significant issues.
In between inspections, you can assist your septic professional and help your tank avoid common issues that create septic problems.
One of the biggest things you can do is avoid sending items down the drain that can damage your septic tank, such as:
The cost of an Atlanta septic tank inspection may vary depending on the reason for the assessment and the type of inspection you request. The average septic inspection prices can also depend on your local area. In general, the range for these septic services starts around $100-200 and goes up to about $900-$1,000.
This complete inspection is usually in the middle of the range cost-wise and is a more in-depth assessment. Along with the visual component and simple tests, this typically includes excavation, measurements, and pumping.
The full septic inspection is often the septic and home inspection required when buying or selling a property.
Regardless of which services you need or begin with, a problem may add additional costs to your services. Contact The Original Plumber & Septic as soon as you identify any issue to avoid simple issues becoming larger emergencies.
Suppose a problem is identified or an inspector can’t access what they need during an assessment. They may use a camera to view inside your tank or bring in additional equipment to inspect or correct a problem. In these cases, ask your septic professional for an estimate upfront to better understand the associated costs of fixing, repairing, or replacing your septic tank.
Performing Home and Business Drain Field Replacements
During an inspection, your professional may identify the need to replace your drain field. The drain (or leach) field is a critical part of your system and one of the most expensive components to replace.
A leach field should last up to twenty years when properly maintained, so regular inspections are your best investment to get the entire lifespan.
Replacement costs for a leach field can range from $5,000 to $20,000 because it requires excavation to dig out a new system, install new piping, etc. You may also need additional landscaping services to restore the area after installation.
When it’s time for a replacement, trust an experienced local professional like The Original Plumber & Septic for your Atlanta septic system that can help you with every part of the process.
While a professional inspection is vital to maintain your system, frequent assessment as a property owner can alert you to warning signs early.
Here’s what to look for:
Don’t ignore septic tank warning signs.
Call a professional, licensed expert like The Original Plumber & Septic if you notice a problem. Today, an inspection may help you fix a minor issue before it becomes an emergency that requires significant repairs.
The Original Plumber & Septic is your trusted local professional in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. We provide exceptional service, and we’re licensed, experienced, and believe in upfront and fair pricing.
Call us today for a quick & easy consultation of your septic systems, whether you are buying a new property, installing a new tank, or need a yearly inspection to maintain your system.