Never forget to inspect the septic system of the house that you are planning to buy. There is nothing more frustrating and costly than a failing septic tank. Schedule an inspection for your system with a professional, it might cost you a little bit more, but the benefits will be well worth it.
3 common tests performed during home inspections
Utilized to trace the motion of the septic system effluent into the leaching system. The theory is that if the colored dye surfaces to the ground, appears in a brook or catch basin, the septic system is faulty. Although even if you don’t see the dye present, it doesn’t mean the system is functioning properly, or will operate correctly in the future
In order for the colored dye to appear, it needs to stream through the septic tank and leach field prior to reaching the breakout point. This normally would take a large quantity of water and adequate time to take place. The majority of home evaluations do not last long enough to meet this requirement. This kind of test would just identify severely malfunctioning systems.
This is a procedure where the inspector tries to find the essential components of the system and drain fields and figure out if they are experiencing overflow conditions, suggesting that the tank is flooded.
The test is essentially unreliable given that it just takes a single snapshot of the condition of the septic system. It might be a good day for the system ( little water was utilized by the property owner that day; the property might have been empty for a long time; it might be the middle of the summer season when soil conditions are at their finest ) and a judgment is being made with little long-lasting info.
The Flooding Test
Also referred to as a push-test is really the procedure of releasing a considerable amount of water into the existing septic system to replicate a peak usage of water by a household. After a specific quantity of water is flushed down (sinks, tubs and toilets), the inspector analyzes the leaching area to observe any indications of an overflow condition.
If this test is carried out, we recommend considering the following factors:
- Occupancy of the house
- Water usage within the last 24 hrs prior to performing the tests
- Soil conditions in the leach field ( check the weather conditions, it could be that time of the year for rain or snow )
- Application of water to the septic system be carried out in a slow and consistent manner to avoid a “slug” of water from getting into the septic system and disrupting the contents
- Amount of water used should not exceed fifty gallons per room in a full house