Septic Tank Inspection for Properties in Winchester, VA
For homes and commercial buildings in Winchester, VA that have septic tanks, it’s crucial that you get an inspection done on it regularly. Why is it so important to get a septic tank inspection?
Some properties in the area are not able to hook up to the municipal sewage system. A septic system is the only way they can treat and properly dispose of wastewater. How does a septic tank work? In it, solid waste gets partially broken down into sludge and separates from the water and scum. Then the water can exit the tank into a drain field where it gets naturally filtered by bacteria before it enters back into the groundwater. This entire process means your tank needs to be pumped to remove the excess sludge and scum that sits there, because it’s vital that this doesn’t enter the drain field.
Since septic systems are necessary for certain places, it’s important to be up to date on their condition. Great Falls Septic Service is available for reliable septic inspections for properties throughout the Winchester, VA area. We’re the team to call for all your septic needs.
When Should I Get a Septic Tank Inspection?
You should get your septic tank inspected at least once a year. If you’re purchasing a home with a septic tank, you should ask about getting an inspection done prior to buying the house if one hasn’t been done recently.
The Septic System Inspection Process
At Great Falls Septic Service, we have a complete process when it comes to inspections. This is what you can expect during the septic inspection process:
- Finding the Tank On Your Property – When you’re unsure where the septic tank is located on your property, one of our specialists will help you find it. If you happen to have the original septic tank permit, you can let our technician look it over because it typically has a map of where your septic tank is located. We also have other tools on hand to find your tank, such as a probe rod or radio transmitters that can be flushed to figure out where your tank is located.
- Analyzing the Level of Sludge – We use a sludge testing tool, which is a long-calibrated rod that indicates where the level of sludge is at in your septic tank. The sludge testing tool is hollow and transparent with a plug at the end that lets the wastewater come in and the sludge doesn’t exit the rod. The rod will be dipped into the tank to reach the bottom. Then we’ll bring it back up to the surface. The rod collects the contents inside your septic tank so that we can analyze the conditions of your septic tank. This will help us figure out if your septic tank needs to be pumped.
- Look for Leaks – While we’re inspecting your septic system, we will check to see if your septic tank is watertight and doesn’t have any leaks. Leaks can be a serious problem. If your septic tank is leaking, it has the potential to contaminate the surface and groundwater. It can also affect the time it takes to discharge clean wastewater into your drain field. We can test for leaks by using a vacuum and hydrostatic testing. Your septic tank will need to be emptied before using these tools. We will then pump negative pressure or water to find any leaks in the system.
- Inspect the Baffles – The purpose of the baffles is to slow down the entry of wastewater into the drain field to prevent sludge and scum from entering. These are crucial components to your septic system, which is why we’ll check them out when we’re doing your septic tank inspection. The baffles can experience wear and tear and corrosion over time, so we’ll just check to see what condition they’re in and replace them if needed.
- Check Your Filters and the Water Flow – It’s always a good idea to check up on the effluent filter. This component also prevents solids from entering into the drain field. We’ll check it out to make sure the filter is working properly. If it isn’t, then we can replace it. While we’re checking out the effluent filter, we will also analyze the water flow in and out of the tank itself. Checking up on this can help us figure out if there are any leaks or backflow into the tank.
Contact Us Today for a Septic System Inspection
If you can’t remember the last time your septic tank was inspected, then you need to contact Great Fall Septic Service. We’ll do a thorough septic system inspection for your property in Winchester, VA. Give us a call at 540-545-7075.
We service the following cities and their surrounding areas:
Northern Virginia, including Great Falls, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Fairfax, Vienna, McLean, Chantilly, Centreville, Fair Lakes, Hayfield, Mason Neck, Hollindale, Fairfax Station, Dranesville, Clifton, Greenbriar, Oakton
Clarke County, including Berryville, Boyce, Bethel, Double Tollgate, Lewisville, Millwood, Saratoga, Swimley, White Post
Frederick County, including Winchester, Middletown, Stephens City, Brucetown, Clear Brook, Cross Junction, Gainesboro, Greenwood, Jordan Springs, Kernstown, Lake Frederick, Mount Pleasant, Opequan, Round Hill, Shawnee Land, Star Tannery, Stephenson, White Hall
Loudoun County, including Aldie, Arcola, Ashburn, Bluemont, Chantilly, Hamilton, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, Sterling, Waterford