Onlot Septic System Description and Inspection
Septic System Inspection Performed by PSMA Certified Inspectors: $250
Hydraulic Load Test: $350
Pumping: $210 for the first 1000 gallons, $70 for each additional 500 gallons
If you are like most people, you know very little about septic tank systems. This is understandable. In urban and suburban areas there are public sewers to carry household waste to municipal wastewater treatment facilities. In more rural areas, however, septic tank systems provide the functions of both sewers and treatment facilities. The septic tank system is a small, on-site sewage treatment and disposal system buried in the ground on your property. The septic system has two essential parts, the septic tank and the soil absorption area or drain field.
The Septic Tank
Septic tanks are usually made of precast concrete, fiberglass or plastic and come in variety of shapes and sizes. In order for septic tanks to work properly, they must be watertight and resistant to corrosion. They will also, have and inlet baffle and an outlet baffle. To properly “pump out” a septic tank the manhole cover must be exposed. The white PVC pipes exposed at the tank are only inspection ports for the baffles.
When household waste enters the septic tank several things occur:
- Organic solid material floats to the surface and forms a layer of what is commonly called “scum.” Bacteria in the septic tank biologically convert this material to liquid.
- Inorganic and solid material and the by-products of bacterial digestion sink to the bottom of the tank and form a layer commonly known as “sludge.”
- Only clear water should exist between the scum and the sludge layers. It is this clear water – and only this clear water – that should overflow into the soil absorption area.
The Septic Tank System
All household waste is disposed of through the septic system. The proper operation of the septic system is essential to public and private health, to property values, and to the environment. To see if you know enough about septic systems, answer the following questions. If you cannot answer all the questions, the septic system could become a huge aggravation, public nuisance, health hazard and financial burden.
- Do you know what a septic tank is and how it works?
- Do you know what kind of soil absorption you have and how it works?
- Do you know what causes septic systems to fail?
- Do you know what it costs to replace a failed septic system?
- Do you know how to keep a septic system from failing?
- Do you know that failed and failing septic systems contribute to pollution?
These are very serious questions. The health of your family and the value of your property rely heavily upon the answers to these questions. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” was never more true than it is with septic tank care. A small commitment to the care of your septic system will protect you indefinitely from the nightmare created by a failing system.
Click here for more information to give you a clear picture of how household waste is treated from drain line to soil. The quantity and composition of waste generated in the home varies according to the number of residents, their personal water usage, and the water-utilizing appliances in the home. Solid material overflowing into the soil absorption area should be avoided at all costs. It is this solid overflow that clogs soil pores and causes systems to fail. This failure can be prevented by “pumping out” the septic tank. Septic outflow filters are now available to help prevent solid overflow into your absorption area.
Onlot Wastewater Inspection
PSMA (Pennsylvania Septic Management Association) certified inspections for septic systems.
Our inspectors thoroughly follow PSMA guidelines and regulations to ensure your septic system is functioning properly. Upon completion of the septic inspection you will receive a written report stating the findings of the system and recommendations, as well as any concerns. The septic tank must be pumped at time of inspection (not prior to) to check all internal components. The inspector must see the septic tank at functioning capacity in order to perform a complete inspection.
Do I need to have the septic system inspected to purchase a home?
We highly recommend that you have a septic system inspection performed before purchasing a home. This protects the buyer from potentially purchasing a home that may require costly repairs or a costly replacement system.
The house I would like to purchase has been vacant. Will that have an effect on the results of the inspection?
In cases where a home has been vacant for 7 days or more a Hydraulic Load Test will need to be performed. This test takes 3 days to perform and must be completed before the inspection can be performed. A Hydraulic Load Test is the process of inducing water into the septic system to verify that the system is able to withstand normal everyday use.