Important Inspection Information
As of 1/1/2008 septic inspection protocol is dictated by
the state of North Carolina. Septic inspectors must be certified by the
state. The state "highly recommends" the septic tank be pumped at the time
of inspection. If you decide not to have the tank pumped we have a waiver
that says you know what the state recommends, but you choose not to have
the tank pumped.
The state requires the interior of the septic tank be
inspected. This means both the inlet lid and the outlet lid of the septic
tank need to be exposed prior to the inspection. If the tank has two
risers the inspection can be done immediately. If the tank only has one
riser or no risers the lids will need to be exposed by the pumper or the
home owner prior to the inspection. The inspection includes measuring the
solids in the tank, checking the inflow, the outlet T, and general
condition of the tank, lids, and risers if they exist. The inspection also
includes measuring the distance from the septic tank to the home, well,
waterline, property line, and drainfield.
The septic diagram is obtained from the county when
possible. The drainfield is probed and visually inspected and measurements
taken from the drainfield to the property line and septic tank as well as
the length of the nitrification lines themselves.
The conventional well inspection includes a pass/fail
test for coliform group bacteria which includes total coliforms and E.
coli or fecal coliform. If the wellhead is above ground it is visually
inspected to confirm the sanitary seal, vent pipe, and electrical
components are in place. The wellhead can not be observed if it is below
The FHA inspection adds testing for lead, nitrate, and
nitrite to the above. We also offer broad spectrum tests and the
parameters for these tests can be view by clicking on "What's in Your
Our broad spectrum tests are the best bang for the
buck providing the most comprehensive testing for the least amount of
Please let us know if you have any further questions or
if we can be of service.