Your septic system is crucial in treating and disposing of wastewater appropriately. Regular inspections ensure your system is running properly. It’s easy for many homeowners to neglect routine inspections because their system is underground and out of sight. However, allowing your septic tank to go too long without a professional assessment can result in some major (and costly) problems.

How the Septic System Works

When waste hits your septic tank, the solids are partially broken down by bacteria and form the “sludge” layer that settles on the bottom of the tank. The “scum” (fats, oils, and grease) separate to form the top layer, with the effluent or wastewater in between these two layers. The effluent then moves into the drainfield where it is naturally treated through the soil before it reaches the groundwater.

How Often Should My Septic System Get Inspected?

We recommend your septic system be inspected by a licensed company once a year to make sure there are no lurking problems or risk factors. Failure to perform regular inspections could mean big trouble and costly repairs.

What Do Septic Inspectors Look for?

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Types of Septic Inspections

Visual Inspections

A visual inspection often takes place when buying or selling a home and can be helpful in understanding the basic condition of your septic system.

During a visual inspection, one of our experts will ask questions about your property and how often the system has been looked at and pumped. Our inspector will then flush the toilets and run water to all the drains in the home to ensure there are no immediate issues. The drainfield will then be assessed to check for any standing water. While a visual analysis can be helpful, a more comprehensive inspection should be performed every 3-5 years.

Full Inspections

In addition to everything a visual review includes, a full inspection goes in more depth to assess your septic system adequately.

We will first remove the cover from your tank and determine if the water level is where it needs to be. This can show us if the system has any issues with draining properly. Dye tests are also a tool we use to see how much of the water being drained enters the septic tank. Your septic tank will then be pumped to check for any backflow from the absorption area, which also can alert us of a problem with your drainfield.

Lakeland Septic Inspectors

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Our professional inspectors know just what to look for whether we’re performing a visual or full inspection. As local Polk County residents ourselves, we are fully committed to providing top-notch septic services to Lakeland and the rest of central Florida. We use the latest tools and technology to ensure every job meets the highest standards of quality and thoroughness. If it’s been a while since your last residential inspection, give us a call today!

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