Inspection - Pumping

Pumping Inspection & Maintenance Concerns

Whenever the septic tank is pumped, the septic system pumping company or professional septic system inspector should evaluate and at least note, in writing, the condition of:

  • the septic tank
  • septic tank tees or septic tank baffles
  • outlet filter
  • depth of accumulated solids in the bottom of the septic tank
  • thickness of scum layer on top of the septic tank liquid
  • signs of surcharging

The septic system pumping company should remove and clean the outlet filter whenever the septic tank is opened and evaluated.

When the top of septic system components have been buried more than 6 inches below the ground surface, the pumping company or system inspector should install risers above the septic tank manholes (or monitoring ports), as well as above the distribution box. Older septic systems tended to be buried deeper in the ground. Installing plastic or concrete risers makes it MUCH easier (and cheaper) to locate, inspect and service system components in the future.  The septic tank and distribution box shown in the first photo below were installed more than 3 feet below the surface.

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By installing plastic risers over the septic tank and distribution box, the next system inspector will not have to use heavy equipment to access these system components.

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