Septic Tank Inspections

It is highly recommended to have the septic system inspected before buying a house with an existing septic tank. Some mortgages and banks require it be inspected before being sold.
  1. You should have a typical septic system professionally inspected at least every 3 years and your tank pumped as recommended by the inspector (generally every 3 to 5 years).
  2. Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected more often, generally once a year.
  3. Powell’s Sanitation inspects for leaks and looks at the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank. If the bottom of the scum layer is within 6 inches of the bottom of the outlet tee or the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet tee, your tank needs to be pumped.
  4. Remember to note the sludge and scum levels, determined by Powell’s  Sanitation, in your operation and maintenance records. This information will help you decide how often pumping is necessary.

What does an Inspection Include?

• Locating the system.
• Uncovering access holes.
• Flushing the toilets.
• Checking for signs of back up.
• Measuring scum and sludge layers.
• Identifying any leaks.
• Inspecting mechanical components.
• Pumping the tank if necessary.