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What is a Septic System? Septic systems are wastewater treatment structures commonly used in rural areas that don't have centralized sewer systems. They can also be found in areas that aren't tied into the sewer system and are instead using septic tanks. A septic system consists of a tank and an absorption field as well. The water runs out of your house from one main line into the septic tank. The solids are meant to sink to the bottom of the tank while the liquids (oils and grease) float to the top. The liquids at the top can flow through the tank and out into the drainfield area. The drainfield area is a covered, shallow, excavation formed in unsaturated soil. The drainfield is capable of flooding or overfilling and if this happens, you might have sewage rise to the surface or create backups in your toilets or sinks. Septic tanks also need to be maintained and pumped within a certain amount of time depending on age of the tank and amount of people living in the home/building.
You may be unsure as to whether or not you have a septic system. Some simple ways to tell are:
- Your waterline entering the house has no meter
- You don't have a sewer charge on your utility bill
- Your neighbors are using septic
- You use well water
There are also indications that you need a septic service or repair:
- A strong odor coming from the septic tank or drainfield area
- Clogged drains or sewage backing up into your household drains
- Spongy looking grass on the drainfield area
- Pooling water or muddy soil near or around your septic system
BHI is equipped with a knowledgeable staff that can help you with any of your septic system repairs, replacements, or even certifications. Call us today to make a same day appointment and speak to the septic professionals.
*Note: BHI recommends septic tanks be pumped at a MINIMUM of once every 3-5 years.
Sometimes, often during a real estate transaction, your septic system might require certification. This certification is a written document stating that your sewerage disposal system has been inspected and is either functioning or malfunctioning compared to the set standards during time of inspection. This certification is by no means a warranty or a promise that your septic system will always continue to function properly due to causes beyond our control that could cause malfunction after time of inspection.
BHI is capable of providing a septic system certification which would include the following:
- Speak with the homeowner regarding property details, maintenance of system, and history of septic system
- Locate and uncover the main lid of the tank as well as the clean-outs
- Visually inspect the levels in the septic tank prior to the water load test
- Inspect the level of solids in the tank as well as where they have traveled to if need be
- Visually inspect the baffles
- Visually inspect the structural components of the tank as well as the piping connecting to the tank