Please Read Prior to Inspection
How do I know if my house has access into the main sewer line?
When was the home built
2000 and newer- plumbing is most likely accessible
1985-2000- We sometimes have difficulty finding access into the plumbing on homes this old. You may want to hunt for a cap prior to our coming to inspect the system (show pictures/give suggestions on where to find access)
1970-1985- We regularly have problems finding an access into the plumbing on homes this old. It is highly recommended that access into the plumbing is found before having us come out. If there is no access into the plumbing it is recommended to have the toilet pulled by a plumber prior to the inspection.
1900’s-1970’s- We regularly have problems finding an access into the plumbing on homes this old. It is highly recommended that access into the plumbing is found before having us come out. If there is no access into the plumbing it is recommended to have the toilet pulled by a plumber prior to the inspection. The expected life of a septic system is 20-30 years. We frequently find systems in this age range that are compromised.
AOS specializes in septic systems, not indoor plumbing. It is our preference if a toilet needs pulled that it be removed and re-installed by a plumber. In the event that no one is available to pull a toilet, we can pull the toilet (for an additional fee) as long as a disclaimer is filled out. AOS assumes no liability for the seals or any leaks with the toilet after it is re-installed.
What does a Camera Inspection Include?
Camera inspection between house and tank. We use this to look for: bellies, cracks, clogs, roots, crushed line, slope from house to tank, inlet baffle, pipe materials, overflow from tank into line, debris build up on sidewalls/top of pipe, air gap in septic tank. The inspection between the home and the septic tank is what most inspections consist of, and will usually allow us to make an educated opinion as to the overall condition of the system
If septic tank is accessible we will inspect the condition of the tank and take a core sample of the tank to inspect how full the tank is (we regularly find the septic tank buried and inaccessible)
If the distribution box is accessible we will inspect the box and all incoming/outgoing lines from the box (we regularly find the distribution box buried and inaccessible)
Drainfield inspection including checking the conditions of the lines and checking for ponding or surfacing (we regularly find the drainfield buried and inaccessible)
Any pumps or other components that are part of the septic system will be inspected as part of our normal fee
Report of findings
30 +/- minutes worth of phone calls about the inspection. We are willing to take the time needed to explain in detail the condition of the system, and any recommendations needed to the person paying for the inspection along with any other parties that want to listen in (it is beneficial to have the buyer, seller and both real estate agents on the phone all at the same time). We cannot explain in detail the condition of the system to the buyer, the seller, both real estate agents, the lender etc. all individually on separate phone calls, or continue screening phone calls about the system to other potential buyers for months down the road.
What a Camera Inspection Does Not Include.
Driving more than 45 minutes from Heber
Cutting or re-routing plumbing to get into lines
We have the best equipment in the industry to access lines. We have two different sized cameras that are extremely flexible and can access pipes as small as 1-1/4” diameter as well as maneuver tight plumbing turns. Reasonable efforts will be made to access your plumbing.
Unclogging or jetting of lines
Digging up the septic tank
Most tanks are buried and it is fairly costly to dig the tank up. This work is usually deferred until the real estate transaction is complete.
Pumping of the septic tank
Soils inspection on the drainfield
Guarantee of performance of the system
A system can look good during the time of inspection and have issues later on. Likewise a system may appear to have problems during the time of inspection but be functional for a significant amount of time.
Things to know about the Camera Inspection and Report
How your system should look
Clean pipes with no buildup on sidewalls or ceilings
Dry line with no standing water
Good slope with no bellies, drains properly
Clean unobstructed view into the septic tank
No debris backing into line from septic tank
Visual of baffle and baffle material
Air gap between crust layer and top of septic tank
Access risers into septic tank
3 distinct layers in septic tank (if accessible)
Dry drainfield with no ponding or irregular vegetation growth
Indications that a system has problems
Sings of flooding around basement floor drains, baseboards, or in lower parts of the home
Standing water in the line before reaching the septic tank
Debris or living bio-film on top portions of the pipe
Tank backing up into the line
Inability to see the inlet baffle
Water level above the outlet pipe of the septic tank
Ponding or wet spots in area of the drainfield
Most houses will have a clean-out located outside somewhere. They are often buried.