Septic Tank Inspections
The process involves emptying the septic tank, as well as carrying out a CCTV drainage survey of the pipelines leading to and from the septic tank. The structure of the tank itself is inspected for any damage from root ingress or cracks. This is usually conducted with a camera lowered into the tank.
Pre-Purchasing Drain Survey
Arranging a septic system and soakaway drain field inspection is possibly the most crucial survey before purchasing a rural property.The price of replacing the sewer system can add to thousands of extra cost. The sewer system is not involved as part of a typical home survey. Septic tank inspections are important if you intend to avoid problems when you move in.
We can conduct an inspection of any off-mains drainage system, including septic tanks, sewer treatment plants and cesspits. The most crucial thing is that the tank is empty on the day that the inspection is carried out. We know that this means an extra cost, but it's vital to ensure that the inspection is as thorough as it can be. If you need assistance in the arrangement of this, we could do this for you. If a septic tank is full when we examine it, we cannot execute a thorough inspection of the walls of the tank. There could be splits or cracks which can trigger future issues.
A cesspit is a closed, fully-enclosed tank that accumulates and stores sewage- it doesn't treat it at all.If you have a cesspit on your property, you don't need to register it. However, planning permission and building regulations approval will be needed if a new one is installed.
Cesspits, like septic tanks, need to be emptied regularly by a certified waste handler. The waste material needs to be disposed of in a specialised waste disposal site. This might mean monthly to yearly draining, depending on the size of your home and your water usage. It is your responsibility to use a registered waste handler to do this. Make sure you get authentic documents noting the disposal site.
Cesspits are typically hidden underground, so will not occupy space on your property besides one manhole which is required for access.