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Components of our Septic Inspection Process:
  • Evaluate septic components inside the home: ASI checks all appliances and associated pipes for proper connections. We also determine whether all waste lines are properly discharging into approved waste systems.
  • Examine inside 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.
  • Inspect the conveyance system: ASI 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.
  • Check 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 where dye is introduced into the septic system. This test will simulate normal septic usage and enable our septic inspectors to observe drainage. ASI inspectors visually inspect the surface area to locate signs of system backups and probe underground to check for drainage levels.
  • 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 systemís 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 ASI you can be assured that our standard inspections are always complete underground inspections.

Questions & Answers


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 should be performed at the time of inspection.

Why do you use a camera during the inspection?

Our digital TV 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 a clientís 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 on 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. Generally the inspection takes from 2ó3 hours.

Are there standards for septic inspectors?

Some municipalities in New Jersey require that a septic inspection be performed by a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, trained by the State of New Jersey. ASI employs individuals with these credentials on staff.

At the very least, make sure that your inspector has gone through extensive training. Our inspectors have been trained by the PSMA which is widely recognized as the leading septic system authority in the area.


Do I need to be present for the inspection?

While it is not required for you to be present, we will need access inside the home. We strongly recommend that you are present for the septic inspection because you can see first hand whether problems are present. You can also see where each part of the system is for future reference.

Can you perform the septic inspection at the same time as the home inspection? How much advance notice do you need?

It is a good idea to schedule the home and septic inspections for the same time. Neither inspection will interfere with the other and you will only need to make one trip to the property. We generally require 2 to 3 days notice to schedule an inspection. However, we can accommodate clients requiring shorter notice.

How long does it take to generate the written report?

We can email or fax you a copy of the written report the next business day after the inspection. You will receive the original copy in the mail a couple of days later. If you attend the inspection, you can receive a verbal report onsite.

How do you locate all the parts of the septic system?

Our inspectors use a variety of methods. Sometimes they can see where ground has been disturbed above the tank or inspection ports in the absorption (leech) field. They use digital cameras and sophisticated locating equipment for the hard to find parts of the system.

What is a dye test, because I see other companies that use them exclusively?

We do not recommend using a company that relies solely on a dye test.

A dye test consists of running water from the house and adding a colored dye. This helps track the flow of waste through the system and shows how the leech field is draining.

While we incorporate dye testing into our inspection, some companies will ďinspectĒ a septic system when they are only performing a dye test. ASI uses dye testing as part of the complete inspection process. A dye test alone may overlook significant problems with the system.

What if the house is vacant?

If the house is vacant, the septic system is not operating under its normal load and the absorption (leech) field may dry up. A hydrolic load test, which consists of running water approximate to the average daily usage of the house for 2 consecutive days. At the end of the test period our inspectors check how the field handled the water.

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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.



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


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What is the importance of using a digital camera?

The digital cameras we use are similar to those used in medical examinations. The camera allows our inspector to precisely examine the inside of the system.

The camera lets us see parts of the septic system that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. We can even identify when a pipe is clogged, cracked or broken.

The camera has a transmitter on its end that allows us to locate parts of the system that may otherwise be difficult to find.



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Avoid getting only a Dye Test.

Some companies offer a dye test as a septic inspection. While dye testing is an important part of the septic inspection it should not replace a visual inspection.

A dye test consists of running water from the house and adding a colored dye. This helps track the flow of waste through the system and shows how the leech field is draining.

ASI uses dye testing as part of the complete inspection process. A dye test alone may overlook significant problems with the system.

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