3 Times You Need To Have Your Septic Tank Inspected

Your septic tank usually does its job below ground without you even being aware that it is there. However, this tank does require some maintenance to keep it operating properly. A good way to know if and when maintenance is needed is to have the tank inspected. Here are three times when it's important to have a septic tank inspection company come and take a look.

1. You're about to buy a home.

If you are thinking of buying a home with a septic tank, you should always have the tank inspected before signing a purchase contract. Problems with the tank are not always obvious when nobody has been living in the home. You would not want to move in and have the septic tank overflow within the first week -- or find that the home needs a new tank that costs $5,000! Regular home inspections don't generally include the septic system, so you will need to separately arrange to have the tank inspected pre-purchase. If the inspector does discover that something is wrong with the tank, you may ask the seller to fix it as a condition of the sale.

2. It has been more than 10 years.

If it has been more than 10 years since your septic tank has been looked over, you should schedule an inspection. Even if your tank is operating properly, there may be a small problem like a partial blockage or crack that could cause more extensive damage if it gets any worse. Some septic tank companies will inspect a tank each time you have it pumped, so look at your pumping records to see if the tank has been looked over recently. If your company does pumping and inspections separately, aim to have the tank pumped every three to five years and inspected every 10 years.

3. Your tank is acting strangely.

There are a few signs that your septic system is not working:

  • Water is accumulating in your backyard.
  • Your toilet won't always flush fully.
  • Your drains are backing up with smelly water.
  • There are strange, sewage-type odors in your yard.

These signs may not actually mean that there is anything wrong with your tank. It may just need to be pumped out. But in any case, it is best to check before the problem gets any worse.

Septic problems can worsen quickly, so make sure you call for an inspection sooner rather than later. For more information, contact your local septic tank inspection services.