As with many things – license plates, weather, use of profanity, etc. – there is a lot of variation from state to state. Septic requirements are no different.
That’s why at EarthCare, we have a team of permitted system inspectors across our entire service area, all of whom have been trained and certified by the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA) and who perform all septic system Inspections in accordance with PSMA guidelines. EarthCare is also Norweco Septic System Install certified as well as Hoot Septic System Install certified (note: this has nothing to do with owls).
Like we said, we know what we’re doing. We will get the job done quickly and properly. We will also provide you with a written report for your inspection (as required by most real estate transactions).
WHEN DO YOU NEED A SEPTIC INSPECTION?
Good question. Septic system certification is necessary when you purchase real estate or refinance a current property. You may want one as well just for the peace of mind of knowing that everything is working as it should.
Also, if you’re thinking of placing your home on the market, make sure to have the system inspected early in the process. Required repairs could cause delays during the closing (and even impact the sale of the property), so get this done early.}
WHAT DOES A SEPTIC INSPECTION CONSIST OF?
As a first step, we closely follow the criteria defined by PSMA standards and will evaluate the components that are accessible at the time of the inspection. Those items include:
- Location of tank(s) and drainage areas
- Size and condition of the system
- Age of the system
- Number of occupants living in the home
- Whether or not the home is currently occupied
- How the system has been maintained to date
- Review of pumping/maintenance records (if available)
- Prior repair history
- Number of systems on site
Top Signs of Septic System Failure
Ignoring issues with your septic system can lead to costly repairs and potential health hazards. It's important to recognize the signs of septic system failure and take action as soon as possible.
Here are some common signs that your septic system may be failing:
- Sewage backups or slow draining toilets
- Foul odors coming from drains or near the septic tank
- Lush green grass or standing water around the drain field
- Gurgling sounds in the plumbing
- High levels of nitrates or bacteria in well water
If you notice any of these signs, it's important to schedule a septic inspection with our team. We can diagnose the issue and recommend the best course of action to prevent further damage and ensure your septic system is functioning properly.
THOSE STEPS ARE IMPORTANT … BUT IT’S NOT EVERYTHING. SO AFTER CHECKING THESE, WE ALSO PERFORM A MORE TECHNICAL INSPECTION (YOU’RE WELCOME). THIS INCLUDES:
- Checking the condition of all tanks located on site
- Checking septic tank covers
- Inspecting inlet/outlet baffles
- Inspecting waste lines
- Checking pumps and all necessary components
- Evaluating type of Drainage area and its current condition
- Checking sludge levels in the tank
- Looking for evidence of prior backups
- Making sure the alarm (if there is one) is functioning properly
- Ensuring that prior repairs were permitted
- Determining whether pumping is now needed
- Performing hydraulic load testing (if required) to assist in evaluating system condition.
Whew, we’re kind of tired just listing all these things! But they are important. At the end of the inspection, the inspector will rate the condition of the system and issue a written report, including recommendations for repairs that may be necessary for proper functioning
“They were professional, courteous, explained at every step what they were doing and why. I would highly recommend their services.” - Former Customer