Septic Systems - Indianapolis Home Inspectors Perspective


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Septic Systems - Indianapolis Home Inspectors Perspective

  1. 1. Our View of Septic Tanks and Sewage Treatment SystemsP E R S P E C T I V E S On-site sewage treatment systems (commonly known as septic systems) typically have a sewage tank and a drain field which are installed below grade. Effluent (liquids) runs from the tank into the drain field. Today, tanks are normally made of concrete or fiberglass and are either septic tanks or aerated tanks. Note - these are two distinctly different systems. Types of Tanks Septic tanks rely on anaerobic (without oxygen) bacteria to partially treat the sewage. Aerated tanks include a motor which uses aerobic (oxygen using) bacteria to break down the organic portions of the sewage into simpler inorganic compounds. Compared to septic tanks, aerated tanks break down the sewage more rapidly, provide greater solids reduction and are relatively odor free. What Does a Septic Tank Inspection Include? While septic tank inspections are not part of the standard home inspection, many inspectors have additional training and certification to provide this service. A qualified septic inspector will be looking at components of the system both inside and especially outside the home. Inside, the inspector will determine whether all waste lines are properly discharging into approved waste systems. Outside, the inspector will need access (and permission from the seller) to open the treatment tank, examine the inlet and outlet baffles to determine the volume and check for cracking, corrosion or leakage. In addition to the tank itself, the inspector will visually check the absorption field to Provided by: ensure there is proper drainage without leaking. Rob Rehm Buyers Protection Group Important Licensed Home Inspector A common misconception is that if the aerator motor stops or Licensed WDO Inspector malfunctions, the aerated tank can function adequately as a septic tank-- not true. It is our perspective that all tanks are NACHI Certified made to perform for the purpose in which they were designed. The Best Inspectors. Anywhere. Aerator motors should run continuously. If they stop working, the To place your next order, please call breakdown of solids can be insufficient and could cause the onsite sewage system to fail. 800-285-3001 Septic Tank “Do’s” and “Donts” Do have your tank pumped and system inspected regularly; normally tanks are pumped every 3-5 years. Use water-saving features in faucets, shower heads and toilets. Use biodegradable soaps and laundry detergents. Keep the use of your garbage disposal to a minimum. Don’t drive or park over any part of the system. Don’t plant trees or shrubbery in or near the drain field. Don’t use commercial septic tank additives. Don’t flush coffee grounds, dental floss, disposable diapers, personal hygiene products, cigarette butts, paper towels, fats/grease, paints, varnishes, pesticides or waste oil into your tank. We’re working to be your expert--we’re working to earn your business. Home Warranty I Home Inspections I Commercial Inspections I Environmental Home Warranty is offered and administered through BPG Home Warranty Company. ©2010 BPG is a registered trademark of BPG Holdings, LLC.