Septic Inspections

Our experienced and PSMA certified inspectors use the most advanced equipment and inspection methods available to provide you with fast and accurate results.

We perform accurate and unbiased inspections of underground septic systems using:

  • Experienced and certified septic inspection specialists.
  • Digital cameras designed specifically for septic inspections. These are used to visually examine all important components of the septic system, including the conveyance lines. 
  • State of the art digital location equipment designed to find buried septic systems during the septic inspection, without the need to excavate.
  • Reports which are available the business day following the inspection.

 

Our Open-Pit Septic Inspection Process

1. Evaluation of septic components inside the home: ATS checks all appliances and associated pipes for proper connections. We also determine whether all waste lines are properly discharging into approved waste systems.

2. Examination of the inside of the treatment tank: Our inspectors open the tank, examine the inlet and outlet baffles and determine the volume of the treatment tank. The tank is then inspected for cracks, corrosion and leakage. In addition, our inspectors also check the waste levels inside the treatment tank.

3. Inspection of the conveyance system: ATS certified septic inspectors examine the distribution box for leakage, cracks and corrosion. Our inspectors also make sure that the distribution box is level. As part of this inspection, all pipes leading to the box are examined using digital camera technology. Any pipes that are cracked or corroded will be identified.

4. Checking of the absorption field: Our septic inspectors use digital cameras to visually inspect pipes leading to the absorption (leech) field. The inspection also includes a flow test which will enable our septic inspectors to observe drainage. ATS inspectors visually inspect the surface area to locate signs of system backups and probe underground to check for drainage levels.

5. Comprehensive and easy to read reports: Our inspection provides 2 documents: A cover letter stating clearly the overall condition of the septic system and what problems may be present, as well as independent assessments of the system’s three major components. It also provides a detailed report based on NJDEP & PSMA standards evaluating each component.

Many septic inspection companies perform incomplete inspections. With ATS you can be assured that our standard inspections are always complete underground inspections.

 

Septic Tank Inspection Facts

Septic systems are an important part of any home or building and should be tested by a septic inspector trained under association septic inspection standards.

A common misconception by homebuyers ordering septic inspections is that septic tanks treat sewage; they do not. Septic tanks merely remove some solids and condition the sanitary flow so that it can be safely disposed of to a subsurface facility such as a tile field, leaching pools, or buried sand filter.

ATS’ septic inspection will test the working components of the septic system. Additionally, the organic solids retained in the tank undergo a process of liquefaction and anaerobic decomposition by bacterial organisms. The clarified septic tank effluent is highly odorous, contains finely divided solids, and may contain enteric pathogenic organisms. The small amounts of gases produced by the anaerobic bacterial action are usually vented and dispersed to the atmosphere without noticeable odor or ill effects.

Warning: Be wary of septic inspection companies that perform septic tank inspections & provide repairs to septic systems.

A major concern for many homebuyers and sellers comes from septic inspection companies that repair the septic systems that they test. This presents a conflict of interest. ATS does not repair or install septic systems and has no financial interest in the septic inspection results. What this means is that you are assured accurate and impartial septic inspection results! 

Make sure your septic inspection company has insurance.

Many septic inspectors do not carry valid insurance because they can’t get it! Liability policies and errors and omissions insurance are very expensive and unavailable to septic inspection companies especially if clients have filed claims against the company for issuing faulty reports. How can you protect yourself? Ask for a copy of the septic inspection company’s errors and omissions policy. You can be assured that ATS holds valid liability and errors & omissions policies. Copies are always available upon request.

 

We are proud members of the following associations: 

Member of PSMA and NJSMA

All of our inspectors are certified with the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association.

FAQ

  • What type of inspection is the most complete?

    The most complete inspections use a digital camera in conjunction with a dye test. A septic inspection is not complete unless the inspection is performed by an experienced and certified inspector. In addition, a complete inspection should include pumping the system, which would be performed at the time of inspection.

  • Why do you use a camera during the inspection?

    Our camera provides many advantages over the traditional form of septic testing. Specifically, the camera allows us to visually examine all important components of the septic system. The camera provides visual confirmation of existing problems deep within the system. Septic inspections without cameras rely on guess work. A septic system may be easily misdiagnosed if a camera is not employed at the site. For example, a minor problem such as a blocked pipe may be misconstrued as a failure of an absorption field. Using a camera at the inspection can avoid these misdiagnosis, which can mean the difference of thousands of dollars in repairs.
    A transmitter on the end of the camera helps pinpoint where the problem may be present. The transmitter also helps to locate hard to find parts of the system, such as the distribution box. This capability allows us to locate the components without excavating the yard.
    In one instance ATS came across a client’s seepage pit was located underneath the driveway. Our camera provided the only way to locate this absorption area without excavating the entire driveway.

  • Why should the tank be pumped at the time of inspection?

    The physical condition of the tank cannot be assessed below the waste level. Pumping the tank allows us to completely inspect the tank. We recommend having the tank pumped during our inspection, not before, so that the parts of the system can be evaluated under normal operating conditions.

  • How long does an inspection take?

    Times will vary based on the complexity of each individual system and the field inspector’s on-site findings. Generally an inspection can take anywhere from 45 minutes up to 3 hours.

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I used ATS Environmental to conduct a septic tank inspection on a house I'm looking to purchase. Being that this is my first home with a septic tank, they took the time to explain to me how the inspection will be conducted as well as educating me on the things that they are looking for and why. They showed up on time for the inspection and were very professional throughout the process. The inspection report was delivered shortly after the inspection and was extremely thorough. I would recommend ATS to anyone looking for an honest and unbiased report of their septic tank.

Evan Sobel, New Jersey

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