Septic System Inspection Abilene, Brownwood & San Angelo, TX
We open up the tank, inspect the inside of the tank with a mirror, check scum and sludge levels, and run a 150-gallon water flow test to ensure that the system is functioning properly. We also have specialized equipment for locating hard-to-find septic tanks.
Septic systems are a vital system on many homes – especially those located outside of a city or town. A problematic septic system can be messy, unhealthy and very expensive. Unfortunately, many septic systems fall into the category of out-of-sight, out-of-mind. If I had a nickel for every time a homeowner has told me, “I’ve never had a problem with the septic, so I’ve never pumped it……” This is just like saying, “I’ve never had engine trouble on my car, so I’ve never changed the oil.” Just like you change the oil in your car to avoid engine problems, a septic tank should be maintained to prevent septic system problems.
We frequently inspect septic systems where the tank needs to be pumped or where the system is performing sluggishly, or both. If a neglected septic system just needs the tank to be pumped, then consider yourself lucky. If the system has been neglected for too long, it is very possible that it will be performing sluggishly. This is often a much more complicated and costly problem than one that just needs to be pumped. A sluggish system will often result in backups in the yard, or even in the home. The sluggishness is often caused by the lateral lines or drainfield failing. This fix for this is normally very costly. System failure can often be prevented by regular maintenance such as regular pumping of the tank to minimize the introduction of solid matter into the drainfield.
Our inspection is designed to identify such problems. On most inspections, we locate the tank and drainfield. We dig down to the tank and open it up. We probe the tank to determine the amount of sludge and scum in the tank to determine if it is in need of pumping. We inspect the visible part of the interior of the tank for cracks, root buildup, and any other problems that we observe. Then we perform a water-flow test to determine how well the system is performing as a whole. At the completion of the inspection, we will normally have a good idea of the performance of the septic system and its components.
Morgan Inspection Services has been conducting septic inspections in Abilene TX, Brownwood TX, Sweetwater TX, San Angelo TX, Coleman TX, Brady TX, Comanche TX, San Saba TX and Cross Plains TX since 2002. Please call us today to schedule your septic inspection.