California Contractors License #: 563728
Frank's Septic Service, Inc., has been performing septic inspections for many decades. We have been trained and certified through the National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT). We have developed a septic inspection procedure that is clear and thorough and is sure to satisfy all parties involved in the real estate transfer process.
Gathering the following basic information about the home and property is helpful:
Is your home occupied? How many people currently use the system?
Is your home vacant? How long has it been vacant?
When was your septic system installed? Have there been any repairs or alterations to the system?
What size is your septic tank? Does your home have more than one tank?
When was the tank pumped last? Previous pumping frequency?
What do you know about the leaching system? Do you have a diagram and/or information page/permit from when the system was installed?
It is important to locate a diagram and/or information page about your septic system. If the homeowner does not have this information, we will contact the local health department or other septic governing authority to see if they have the information.
Finally, we will pump out the septic tank(s) to complete the septic inspection.
After the inspection has been completed and payment has been made we will send out your completed septic inspection report. For your convenience we can often fax or e-mail the report to you, your realtor, and/or your attorney.
We will expect payment for the inspection and pumping at the time of the inspection.
When we arrive at your home we need to check your wastewater plumbing to see that all wastewater (including "gray water") is directed to the septic system. We also need to see that gutter drains, and other ground water sources are directed away from the septic system. We need to perform a "hydraulic load test" to asses the drain field. This means that we need to run between 250 and 600 gallons of water through the system (depending on the number of bedrooms in the house) to see how the system responds to a day's worth of water usage.
Next we need to open up the septic tank to check the baffles, sanitary tees, condition of the tank, and water level in the tank.
Next, information is gathered regarding separation distances to your home, well, and other pertinent details.