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Inspections Back to Septic Systems
Bayer-Risse Engineering, Inc. has
performed thousands of septic system inspections for real estate transactions
and for general homeowner knowledge. A septic system inspection by Bayer-Risse
Engineering, Inc. is conducted under the direct supervision of a licensed
professional engineer. If a problem arises our engineer will make a
determination as to the exact nature of the problem and most appropriate means
of solving the problem. Most importantly to most clients, this determination is
made right then at the time of the inspection.
SEPTIC SYSTEM REGULATIONS
Septic System Inspection
Following is a
description of the septic system inspection that is performed by Bayer-Risse
Engineering, Inc. This procedure is appropriate for all residential septic
We contact local health departments, contractors,
realtors, homeowners, etc. to obtain copies of any records describing the
location and construction of the septic system components.
is taken of all water using fixtures within the house that discharge wastewater
to the septic system. This step requires access to the interior of the house
including the basement, if any.
Uncovering of the Septic Tank:
Using the information gathered under steps 1 and 2, we attempt
to locate the septic tank. Locating the septic tank usually entails driving a
metal probe into the ground until contact is made with the septic tank lid. In
some instances, an electronic transmitter is run out the building sewer and
tracked with a hand held receiver to the location of the septic tank. Once
found, the septic tank lid is exposed by digging, either by hand or with a
mechanical excavator. Typically, the hole required to expose the septic tank
lid is about four (4) feet square. We attempt to salvage any turf removed
during the digging process and replace the turf over the backfilled excavation
Septic Tank Pumping
The septic tank contents may be removed by a
licensed hauler and disposed at a permitted septage management facility at the
time of inspection. We inspect the structural integrity of the tank and assess
the condition of the inlet and outlet baffles.
Location and Inspection:
We will attempt to locate and
expose the distribution box on septic systems equipped with those units. The
distribution box is located by inserting a sewer line camera equipped with an
electronic transmitter into the outlet of the septic tank. Using a hand held
receiver; we trace the camera/transmitter to the distribution box. We view the
interior if the pipe connecting the septic tank and the distribution box on a video monitor as the camera is advanced.
The distribution box is exposed and examined
for structural integrity. We ensure that the distribution box
is level and that all lateral outlets receive equal portions of the
septic tank effluent. The excavation for the distribution box is approximately
four (4) feet square.
of the Disposal Field:
A mixture of water and a
biodegradable fluorescent dye is typically added to the disposal field through
the outlet of the septic tank. A garden hose will be connected to a hose bib on
the house and water will be run into the outlet of the septic tank or into the
distribution box to approximate a daily load on the system. The flow rate from
the hose is calibrated and we calculate the amount of time necessary to
complete the test. During the course of the hydraulic testing, we observe the
interiors of the lateral pipes on the video monitor, probe with a metal probe
and look for signs of hydraulic failure. Additionally, we inspect the ground
surface on and around the disposal area looking for signs of effluent breakout.
Upon completion of the steps outlined above, we
prepare an inspection report detailing our findings. The report typically
includes a sketch that presents all located and identified septic system
components and their locations from permanent building corners. Our report may
also include excerpts from available literature concerning the nature of the
onsite soils and water table.
Contact us by phone or for a discussion of your needs.