Some inspectors conduct a dye test to test your septic system. United does not provide this type of inspection, because it does not give the whole picture of the septic system operation.
This involves injecting a fluorescent dye into the septic system. If the dye shows up on the surface of the ground above the drainfield, the septic system is failing.
You should ask for an “open pit inspection.”
This can only be performed by a septic company who is registered in your county. This test involves pumping out the tank and removing the dirt that covers the top of the tank and distribution line. Mirrors or sometimes cameras are then lowered into the tank so that it can be thoroughly inspected.
At a cost of about $400, this test isn’t cheap. But, it’s the only way to determine the condition of the holding tank. Since a new septic system can run as much as $15,000, this test is worth the cost. While the inspector is onsite, also ask if the septic system meets current code requirements.
And be sure to discuss your water usage needs to determine if the system is up to the task.
Septic systems fail for many reasons:
- septic tank is not big enough
- drainfield is not big enough
- drainfield is not leveled properly
- system has been installed in unsuitable soil
- drainfield has been paved or hard-packed
- seasonal ground table water is high
- surface drainage does not drain from the drainfield
- tree roots have interfered with the system
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