Septic Tank Inspection and Maintenance

Many country homes and a few city homes feature septic systems for sewage disposal.

Lovely country home w/ a septic system

Lovely country home w/ a septic system

The 1st home I sold back in the early 1990’s was in Charlottesville, Virginia and had a septic system instead of being connected to the municipal sewer system.  Over the years I’ve heard lots of different ideas on septic system maintenance from placing a dead possum in a new septic tank to get the bacteria going to doing nothing as long as it’s working to pumping ever 3, 5, 15 years.  Both the Virginia Health Department and Virginia Cooperative Extension share info on living with septic tanks & septic tank maintenance.

 

Getting ready for a septic inspection/pumping

Getting ready for a septic inspection/pumping

Several types of septics systems can be found in Virginia:  gravity or pump systems;  Biofilters; Wisconsin Sand Mounds; etc.  Knowing the type of septic system in use remains important to developing a maintenance and use plan.

Inserting the probe/camera into the septic line.

Inserting the probe/camera into the septic line.

The first challenge consists of finding the line from the home to the septic tank and checking it for obstructions etc.  On this day a probe with camera was inserted into the clean out and worked down the line both ways.  We found some roots growing into the main line.

Following the probe in the septic line to the septic tank.

Following the probe in the septic line to the septic tank.

Above ground we followed the probe and located the septic tank.  This eliminated digging multiple holes in the back yard to locate the tank!

Opening/checking the septic tank & distribution box.

Opening/checking the septic tank & distribution box.

After locating the septic tank, the serious digging began!

We found the septic tank!

We found the septic tank!

We opened & checked the tank prior to pumping.

Opening the septic tank!

Opening the septic tank!

This septic tank looked pretty good!

Locating and opening the junction box.

Locating and opening the junction box.

After checking the septic tank, we checked the distribution box which also looked good.

Often homebuyers will have a septic contractor inspect the tank and lines.  During a recent pre-purchase inspection, the contractor inspected the line from the house to the septic tank and from the tank to the distribution box.   The contractor also dug down and opened the tank and box for inspection plus pumped the septic tank.  When buying a home with a septic system, please consider hiring a septic contractor to inspect and pump the system (they might as well pump while on site with the tank open!).

 

About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Their dog Sammy passed away so they'll be adopting another dog soon through www.petfinders.com.
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One Response to Septic Tank Inspection and Maintenance

  1. Lauren says:

    I’m glad you had success with the septic tank inspection! Thanks for sharing.

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