Professional Septic Inspection Services
A new septic system can cost between $15,000 and $20,000 and in some cases even more. You can avoid spending a lot of money by getting a thorough septic inspection from Pine Breeze Inspections! We have inspected and serviced hundreds of septic systems in Colorado Springs and beyond including the entire front range and well up into the Rockies. Our certified master inspector can locate small and large problems. In addition, before you buy a home, we can make sure that you are not walking into a large unforeseen problem. Protect your investment and contact us today if you have any questions about a septic tank inspection for your property or home.
About 25 percent of the American population has separate septic systems, so it’s not unusual to come across a perfect home with its own wastewater system. Since a septic system is such an important component of a home, you want to know if it was maintained well and in need of any repairs. Our licensed and certified home inspectors can perform a thorough, non-invasive inspection of the septic tank and all the components of the system to give you a better idea of what may be needed for your potential future home.
What is involved in a septic inspection?
A septic inspection is a requirement of insurers or banks before transferring a property to a new owner. In some cases, when the system is not working properly, there is a need for an inspection to locate the issues before they cause greater damage.
A standard septic inspection includes:
- Locating the septic tank.
- Removing the covers.
- Inspecting the inlet, outlet baffle, also the partition wall.
- Inspecting the operational level of sewage.
- Locating the chamber of the pump (if required), CK pump, alarm operation, and float.
- Digging test holes in the septic bed area for:
- Determining the below-grade effluent level of sewage.
- Inspecting the trenches’ condition.
Common septic tank issues
In a septic system, wastewater enters through a chamber into the septic tank. There, the solid sludge settles to the bottom, while the scum floats to the top. Liquid moves through the chamber, carrying the scum into another chamber, while solid waste further moves to the bottom. Finally, the excess liquid moves out into a drain field. Throughout the process, the waste is anaerobically decomposed. If left untreated, the tank can become too full and overflow, prompting the need for a septic tank inspection and possible repair.
Common septic tank issues include:
- Detached dividing wall – If the septic tank splits into two compartments, one chamber could trap the sludge, causing a system failure.
- Full tank – An overflowing septic tank can reveal an issue with the drain field and its ability to absorb the wastewater.
- Wall corrosion – Corroding walls occur when hydrogen sulfide gas becomes trapped in one or more of the compartment tanks.
- Roots – Because the septic tank emits wastewater, if underground, plants will start to grow towards the septic unit. The roots of large plants such as trees can cause extensive damage.
Can you live in a house with a failed septic system?
The short answer is “NO”. A failed septic system can lead to the release of untreated sewage to the areas where it must not enter, and the sewage can come to the ground surface around the tank or the drain field. Also, it can flow back up in the pipes of the house or building. This can lead to very unsanitary conditions and cause a bunch of health concerns and problems for those living in the home. Always put safety first and have your septic tank and system tested about once per year.
A septic system failure can be determined by observing the following things:
- Draining problems with the toilet.
- Sewer gas around the area of drainage.
- Growth of lush plants.
- Dangerous well water.
Explaining water volume in a cistern supply tank in conjunction with a low production well.
Is it hard to sell a house with a septic tank?
It is not as hard as people think. You just have to keep your septic system in good working condition and perform regular inspections on it so that you will know issues while you have time to fix them. Otherwise, if you have avoided your septic system issues and have listed your house for sale, the buyers will find out about them when they get the house inspected, and this can cause problems for you, such as you might lose a good buyer.
Your leader in commercial inspections
We perform hundreds of designated commercial septic inspections annually in the Colorado Springs area, from office buildings, warehouses, multi-unit properties, and more. Every inspection follows the Standards of Practice set forth by The Certified Commercial Property Inspectors Association. While many home inspectors may dabble in commercial inspections, we specialize in them, ensuring your inspection is timely, thorough, and most of all, accurate.
Get a septic inspection in colorado springs
If you need to get a septic inspection in Colorado Springs, we can help! Our septic inspectors can take care of all your needs.
- Professional Service.
- Fast Response Time.
- Visual Septic Inspections.
- Full Septic Inspections.
- Drain Fields & Leach Fields.
- Septic Dye Testing.
- New Construction or Existing.
- For All Types of Septic Systems.
- Residential and Commercial Service.
Please contact us today and tell us about your septic inspection needs. We will get back to you right away.