Septic Inspection Questions and Answers

We understand that septic systems can be confusing. You should educate yourself about septic systems, and your system specifically, especially if you have never had one before.

What is the purpose of a hydraulic load test? The hydraulic load test determines the volume of clean water an absorption area can absorb in a twenty-four hour period. A hydraulic load test shall be recommended during the course of an inspection when any of these conditions are discovered:

  • Structure is vacant more than 7 days
  • New water sources are directed to the system within last 30 days
  • Soil fracturing activity is present within last 30 days
  • High water conditions are observed
  • A significant difference in the current water use in a structure exists compared to the anticipated use of the structure.

Listed below are links to some of the best and most comprehensive web sites regarding septic systems.

The US Environmental Protection Agency guide “A Homeowner’s Guide to Septic System”.
http://www.epa.gov/owm/septic/pubs/homeowner_guide_long.pdf.

Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA).
www.psma.net

All Septic System Information website.
www.inspect-ny.com/septbook.htm

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency website.
www.state.nj.us/dep/dwq/sep_intro.htm

For information about our Complete Underground Septic Inspection click here.

Are you buying or selling a home with a private well in New Jersey (NJ) or Rockland County, New York (NY)?Visit www.advwatertech.com for Private Well Testing (PWTA) services and FAQs about the New Jersey and Rockland County private well testing law.

Are you buying or selling a home with an underground oil tank?Visit www.atsenvironmental.com for underground oil tank testing, soil testing services and FAQs about underground tanks.

Tel: (800) 597-0274 Fax: (800) 834-2803 Email: mail@advseptic.com

Are you buying or selling a home with a private well in New Jersey (NJ) or Rockland County, New York (NY)?
Visit Advanced Water Technology for Private Well Testing (PWTA) services and FAQs about the New Jersey and Rockland County private well testing law.

Are you buying or selling a home with an underground oil tank?
Visit ATS Environmental Services for underground oil tank testing, soil testing services and FAQs about underground tanks.

Need more septic system information? See our web page detailing the process of ASI's Septic Inspection.