If you are selling or buying a home in New Hampshire – or, if you’ve lived in your home for many years and suspect your septic system may be failing – you need a trained eye to evaluate the condition of your septic system. The technicians at Maznek Septic Service are certified septic evaluators through Granite State Onsite Wastewater Association (GSOWA). This means when you hire us to inspect your septic system, you are getting the most thorough septic system evaluation possible.
Hidden clues. Unless you have sewage backing up into your house, most of the clues of a failing septic system lie hidden underground. The very first thing we do is to map out the location of the tank and effluent pump chambers. Once we have documented the location of these key septic components, we can begin our septic inspection.
Our inspection begins by checking the sludge layer in the septic tank. Based on the gray water-to-solids ratio, we can recommend an accurate pumping schedule. If the solids exceed 25%, we know there may be problems in the leach field.
A little digging tells a lot. Test pits in the leach field show what type of leaching system is used. We use sewer camera technology to inspect inside chambers and sewage pipes for any cracks, tree roots, or other obstructions that might hinder the flow of effluent to the field. Saturation in the EDA does not necessarily mean a failed system – but it is in trouble. We can recommend some drain field aeration strategies to get it working again.
Some septic systems have an elevated effluent disposal area, which means special equipment is required to make them function properly. Sewage is pumped up using an effluent pump. These pumps can break prematurely if neglected. Elevated EDA systems also have check valves and high-level alarm sensors to prevent sewage backup into the house. At Maznek Septic, we always perform an inspection of effluent pumps, alarms and cleaning of pump chambers as part of our septic pumping services.
All of our findings – along with recommendations – are documented in one comprehensive report that we provide to the homeowner. This is the same report we provide in a real estate septic inspection.