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What to do if your septic inspection fails?

Updated: May 10

What are you supposed to do if your septic inspection fails? Read this first:

Are you looking to buy a new house in Georgia or South Carolina? There is a good chance that you will come across residential properties that use septic tanks instead of public sewer lines to treat wastewater. As a matter of fact, one in every four homes in the US relies on a septic system instead of a municipal sewer. If you are buying your dream home or selling, the last thing you would want is the septic inspection to fail.

So, what to do if a septic inspection fails? When a septic inspection does not go well, you need to make things right immediately. First try to repair and fix the issues. If that doesn’t work, replace the damaged part of your septic system. But keep in mind, buying a home with a failed onsite sewage system impacts the home’s price.

What is a septic inspection?

It is an investigation of the septic system to ensure that it is in a good working order and to fix any problems if any. Septic Works perform all sorts of checks for any residential, commercial, or municipal clients in Georgia or South Carolina:

Inspection 1: This is a visual inspection. It involves running water from various drains and flushing toilets in the home. The septic tank inspector is looking at how well everything is draining. The visual inspection also includes looking for septic leakage to the top of the drain field area. We also check for sewage odors around the septic tank and the leach field.

Inspection 2: We do a septic tank pumping. We remove the cover of the septic tank. This allows our septic tank inspectors to check the water level. Water levels determine whether water is properly draining. To make sure the water is properly flowing, our septic inspectors will run water in the home. This is done to determine if the water level rises when more water is introduced.

Inspection 3: We highly recommend you choose this option when you are purchasing a new home. The level three inspection includes level one and level two inspections. The difference with level three is that baffles are installed. Septic tank baffles are installed in two separate locations. There is an inlet baffle and an outlet baffle. The inlet baffle allows water to flow into your septic system without disturbing the scum layer. This baffle also keeps the wastewater from flowing straight across your Georgia septic tank. It guides it to flow down, across and then up. The outlet baffle serves as a filter to retain solids from traveling to the leach field. Having this baffle is essential to avoid clogs that could destroy your drain line.

How to pass a septic inspection: Arrange for regular septic inspections and pumping at least once every 3 to 5 years. This way you will not have to worry about any nasty surprises when you have an inspection as part of the home-selling process.

But what should you do if still a septic inspection fails? When you hire a Septic Works specialist, our professional will recommend to fix it or to replace it. Once the underlying issue has been fixed, you can schedule another inspection with Septic Works.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to Septic Works LLC at 843-962-6363. Our septic specialists are available around the clock and will be happy to answer any queries you might have.

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