Septic System Analysis
Components of our Septic Inspection Process:
Evaluate septic components inside the home: DiMeglio Septic Inc. checks all appliances and associated pipes for proper connections. We also determine whether all waste lines are properly discharging into approved waste systems.
Examine inside the treatment tank: Our inspectors open the tank, examine the inlet and outlet baffles and determine the volume of the treatment tank. The tank is then inspected for cracks, corrosion and leakage. In addition, our inspectors also check the waste levels inside the treatment tank.
Inspect the conveyance system: DiMeglio Septic Inc. certified septic inspectors examine the distribution box for leakage, cracks and corrosion. Our inspectors also make sure that the distribution box is level. As part of this inspection all pipes leading to the box are examined using digital camera technology. Any pipes that are cracked or corroded will be identified.
Check the Absorption Field: Our septic inspectors use digital cameras to visually inspect pipes leading to the absorption (leach) field. The inspection also includes a flow test where dye is introduced into the septic system. This test will simulate normal septic usage and enable our septic inspectors to observe drainage. DiMeglio Septic Inc. inspectors visually inspect the surface area to locate signs of system backups and probe underground to check for drainage levels.
Many septic inspection companies perform incomplete inspections. Our standard inspections are always complete underground inspections.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of inspection is the most complete?
The most complete inspections use a digital camera in conjunction with a dye test. A septic inspection is not complete unless the inspection is performed by an experienced and certified inspector. In addition, a complete inspection should include pumping the system, which should be performed at the time of inspection.
Why do you use a camera during the inspection?
Our digital TV camera provides many advantages over the traditional form of septic testing. Specifically, the camera allows us to visually examine all important components of the septic system. The camera provides visual confirmation of existing problems deep within the system. Septic inspections without cameras rely on guess work. A septic system may be easily misdiagnosed if a camera is not employed at the site. For example, a minor problem such as a blocked pipe may be misconstrued as a failure of an absorption field. Using a camera at the inspection can avoid these misdiagnosis, which can mean the difference of thousands of dollars in repairs. For the consumers protection, all analysis’ are saved on video.
A transmitter on the end of the camera helps pinpoint where the problem may be present. The transmitter also helps to locate hard to find parts of the system, such as the distribution box. This capability allows us to locate the components without excavating the yard.
In one instance a client’s seepage pit was located underneath the driveway. Our camera provided the only way to locate this absorption area without excavating the entire driveway.
Why should the tank be pumped at the time on inspection?
The physical condition of the tank cannot be assessed below the waste level. Pumping the tank allows us to completely inspect the tank. We recommend having the tank pumped during our inspection, not before, so that the parts of the system can be evaluated under normal operating conditions.
How long does an inspection take?
Times will vary based on the complexity of each individual system. Generally the inspection takes from 2—3 hours.
Do I need to be present for the inspection?
While it is not required for you to be present, we will need access inside the home. We strongly recommend that you are present for the septic inspection because you can see first hand whether problems are present. You can also see where each part of the system is for future reference.
How long does it take to generate the written report?
A written report will be generated within 72 hours
What is a dye test, because I see other companies that use them exclusively?
We do not recommend using a company that relies solely on a dye test.
A dye test consists of running water from the house and adding a colored dye. This helps track the flow of waste through the system and shows how the leach field is draining.
While we incorporate dye testing into our inspection, some companies will “inspect” a septic system when they are only performing a dye test. DiMeglio Septic Inc. uses dye testing as part of the complete inspection process. A dye test alone may overlook significant problems with the system.
What if the house is vacant?
If the house is vacant, the septic system is not operating under its normal load and the absorption (leach) field may dry up. A hydraulic load test, which consists of running water approximate to the average daily usage of the house for 2 consecutive days. At the end of the test period our inspectors check how the field handled the water.
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