It is evident why having a very thorough and complete inspection of the "ENTIRE SYSTEM" is critical. "ALL" components need to be checked out completely, not just one component or another. "One missed component" or item can and will affect another component or even the entire septic system.
* Note: A Foothill Sanitary Septic Inspection is not a guarantee or warranty about the condition of the system, but rather, reports the current condition of the system to the customer.
● After pumping, our Very Exhaustive Inspection is performed.
After pumping and inspecting the tank(s) plus all components in regards to code compliance and water tightness, we then check all other items of the system which may include (but not limited to):
● First we need to explain the reason for pumping the tank or tanks.
The normal riding level of waste water in a tank is approximately 4 feet deep, with a floating scum layer and a bottom solids layer. If a tank is not pumped prior to inspection, a proper visual inspection cannot be performed as no one can see through 4 feet of waste water. The tank floor & sidewalls, the tank center seam/seal, the tank baffle and the complete inlet/outlet sanitary tees are not visible for inspection and system evaluation without pumping the tank first.
Think of it like this: You would not take a car; you are potentially going to purchase, to a mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection / evaluation and ask the mechanic to check it out but to not open the hood. This would defeat the purpose of the pre-purchase inspection with a restricting limitation of not being allowed to open the hood.
Additionally most counties require a person or business conducting septic system inspections and evaluations to be certified through COWA and NAWT, (California Onsite Wastewater Association & National Association of Wastewater Transporters). Although COWA and NAWT teach Pumping is Mandatory and "Must be Done" prior to a system inspection/evaluation, this is generally not enforced.
Foothill Sanitary Septic; driven by our philosophy to never waver in our integrity and honesty and commitment to provide outstanding workman ship, will not perform an inspection without pumping the tank first. The cost of a tank replacement could range between $3,000 to $6,000 dollars, so we make sure the job is performed correctly. If we can't provide a complete evaluation, it is not reasonable or proper to do so.
Foothill Sanitary Septic is a California State Licensed Sanitation Contractor. We provide inspection services for real estate transactions, mortgage refinancing and for homeowners.
For whatever the reason and inspection is being requested, Foothill Sanitary Septic performs a very complete and very thorough inspection.
Our inspection consists of a complete pump out of the septic tank or tanks and a timed Load Test to the leach field, sand filter or other type of pre-treatment systems. All components of the system are inspected, no matter what type of septic system
Locations in Copperopolis, Valley Springs and Arnold, CA
Foothill Sanitary Septic provides a 5 page detailed evaluation report the next morning after the day of the inspection. Foothill Sanitary Septic will also accept / make phone calls to / from buyers and sellers to discuss the inspection findings and will gladly educate new owners of how to properly care for their septic system. It is our job that your system is not a headache or nuisance to you or the neighborhood. If you have any questions, please feel free call us at at (209) 785-6163. If you would like to request an inspection, please give us a call or fill out our online Inspection Request Form ►
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