Septic System Inspection
Septic system Inspection is a video and visual inspection of the components of the private waste disposal system of a home to ensure the physical components and the chemical processes of waste breakdown and proper private waste disposal is present as required. Safely and privately disposing waste becomes imperative when your home and/or area is not equipped with a municipal waste disposal service.
More than 150,000 septic tanks service 45 percent of the province. Because more people want spacious building lots for new homes, Nova Scotia Environmental Labour (NSEL) reviews more than 5,000 applications for new septic systems each year.
A typical septic system has four main components: a pipe from the home, a septic tank, a drain field, and soil. Microbes in the soil digest or remove most contaminants from wastewater before it eventually reaches groundwater (this is where your drinking water comes from).
In addition to our comprehensive home inspection in Halifax, a septic system inspection should be considered one of the most important additional services to add on. Septic systems repairs can be one of the more expensive projects you may embark on in your home. Knowing the condition of septic system before purchasing a home prior to it becoming your responsibility is highly recommended.
Our Septic System Inspection Procedure
The Wastewater Nova Scotia stipulates general and technical guidelines for selection, installation, maintenance and handling which we follow during our inspection of septic systems.
Some of our inspection checkpoints include checking the visible components of the systems like the condition of the septic tank covers, baffles, sewer lines, trench pipes, drain field area, sludge/scum layers and more.
Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should regularly inspect your system and pump out your septic tank? A properly designed, constructed, and maintained septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater.
If your septic system isn’t maintained and inspected regularly, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. Here at Acetech Home Inspections, we are here to help ensure you know the exact condition of the septic system of any home.
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Do I need a Septic System Inspection?
Every home owner can benefit from having a septic system inspection. A septic system inspection is by far cheaper than any repairs and provides additional information to help you make an informed decision on a property purchase or provide you peace of mind knowing exactly the condition of the septic system. Our recommendation is that every potential homeowner of a septic system obtains a septic system inspection, however if you are undecided about the need for this service, a lack of answer to any of these questions should warrant the need for an inspection: How old is the system? How regularly has the system been maintained and pumped? What material is the septic tank and pipes? What type of system is installed?
Septic System Inspection FAQs
- Breaks/cracks and sags in the Sewer and drain field line.
- Ability of the septic system to handle typical daily waste disposal loads
- Improper waste disposal where waste may be improperly treated and polluting the environment.
- Missing /deteriorated tank components.
- Adverse condition of the drain/absorption field area with potential to cause problems.
- Scum and sludge levels to determine whether or not the tank needs to be pumped.
You certainly could hire a septic installer to do the same inspection. However, the advantage of choosing us is that we would cost less and since we are probably already there to perform a home inspection, it means one less co-ordination effort. Another perspective is we do not perform any repairs so our report is completely unbiased. Finally, our septic system inspector is trained to do these inspections, identify problems and defects accurately. In the case of a problem or defect, you may take our report and video to a septic installer or any other qualified persons or to ask for review and/or estimate.
This is according to Waste Water Nova Scotia, did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should regularly inspect your system and pump out your septic tank? If your septic system isn’t maintained and inspected regularly, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water.
Make sure to familiarize yourself with this Home Owner’s Guide to Septic Systems from Waste Water Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Environment.