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At Triangle Septic Systems, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about septic tank inspection. Having a professional inspect your system is essential if you have a septic tank system installed on your property. And while having a septic tank system does raise the value of your property on the real estate market, inspections are a necessary part of septic tank ownership.

Inspection and Septic Tank Pumping Questions

I’ve owned my property for nearly 20 years and never bothered to have my septic tank inspected. Should I be worried?

Over the years, scum and sludge can build up inside a septic tank. Unless the scum and sludge are removed with a septic system pumping service, they can flow into the drain field and lead to clogged soil pipes. When a drain field is clogged up, you will have to replace it. This is an expensive undertaking and can cost between $2000 and $10,000. Clogging can also lead to leaks forming in the tank.

In both cases, you run the risk of contaminating your ground and surface water. If this affects you and your neighbor’s wells, and if it leaks into nearby streams and public water, you could face a terrible backlash. It also eventually causes a plumbing backup.

Does my septic tank have to be dug up if it needs pumping?

If your septic system doesn’t have risers installed, the ground will need to be dug up above the septic tank before the inspection. If you have risers installed, however, they will give easy access to your septic system without the need to disturb the ground during the examination. When a homeowner keeps detailed maintenance records and maps of the location of all the septic system, it raises the value of the property. Having your septic tank inspected and pumped is a wise investment.

Who can I call to inspect and pump my septic system?

Triangle Septic Contractors are the number one choice for Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Otherwise, call your local health district or health department for a list of certified and licensed pumpers.

Is it possible to inspect the septic tank myself?

If you are experienced in inspecting septic tanks, you can perform a stick test to see if your tank needs pumping. If you want a lesson on how to do this, your friendly local septic system contractor can show you how.

How often should a septic tank be pumped?

Gauging the volume and pressure inside a septic system takes some work. You can judge if your septic system needs pumping by the size of the tank, the type of solids it handles, and the number of people in the household, including guests. An annual inspection should be scheduled, and from this reading, you will be able to calculate the frequency of pumping (every 3 to 5 years is usual). Some alternative systems need to be pumped more frequently, and you should find that yours is one of them.

Remember, regular inspections and pumping is safer, easier, and more cost-effective than crossing your fingers and hoping for the best!

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