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Septic system inspection field data checklist & worksheets - part 2: here is the second of three detailed septic system field inspection and test worksheets to assist in inspecting and documenting the condition of septic systems. This article is part of our series: Septic Systems Online Book procedures, defects in onsite waste disposal systems, septic tank problems, septic drainfield problems, checklists of system components and things to ask. Septic system maintenance and pumping schedules.
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Here we provide the second of a series of field worksheets useful during the conduct of septic system inspections for investigations of the condition of a septic system using level 0, 1, and 2 septic inspections.
Additional Worksheet for Level 0 Inspection - Find, Pump Out, Clean, & Inspect the Condition of the Septic Tank
TREATMENT TANK: TANK LAST PUMPED: _________________ Information Source: Seller/Realtor/Other Reason for Pumping: Regular Service, Inspection, Diagnosis, Other:_________ Components inspected when last pumped: Y/N Volume Pumped Out: _______ Damage/Defects Observed:________________________________________________ Site-built tank, not water tight; missing/damaged baffles; damaged cover; tank settling, dislocating piping; bottom of scum within 3" of outlet bottom; top of sludge within 8" of outlet baffle (need pumping). COMMENTS:____________________________________________________________ WARNING: Tanks not pumped regularly are at extra risk of hidden, potentially costly damage to the Absorption system. Tanks pumped immediately prior to the inspection may prevent normal system testing (by loading with water) and may indicate a history of recent problems or failures. OVERLOADED SYSTEMS: If the system is overloaded or you see sludge at or over the exit baffles, do not recommend immediate pumping until the root cause of the problem has been determined and corrected. Otherwise an objective second opinion may not be possible. PUMPING EQUIPMENT: (Locate on site plan) PUMP-Mound Not Visible. Reported/observed at:________________ Operating Satisfactorily Y/N Information Source: Seller/Realtor/Other Single Pump/Duplex Pump Pump Alarm System Installed Y/N Electrical Wiring: Not Visible Exposed/Unsafe/Needs Repairs Depth of flooding in pump tank from bottom of lid to water surface _____in. Depth of sludge in pump tank _________ in. Tank Pumped Y/N Date_________ Pump cycle/drawdown time: _____________ minutes Alarm installed Y/N Tested Y/N Working Y/N Separate Circuit Y/N Pump Chamber Capacity Not visible Capacity________________________ PUMP-Ejector Not Visible. Reported/observed at:________________ Operating Satisfactorily Y/N Information Source: Seller/Realtor/Other Electrical Wiring: Not Visible Exposed/Unsafe/Needs Repairs Pump cycle/drawdown time: _____________ minutes Sludge in pump tank Y/N COMMENTS:____________________________________________________________ WARNING: pump systems require a special sewage pump; use of sump pumps or other improper pumps will result in short, unreliable system operation. DISTRIBUTION BOX LOCATION: Not Identified. Reported/observed at:________________ Information Source: Seller/Realtor/Other Damage/Defects Observed: Solids from tank, leaks, out of level, clogs___ DOSING TANK with pumps or siphons: Not Identified. Reported/observed at:________________ Information Source: Seller/Realtor/Other Damage/Defects Observed: Solids from tank, leaks, pump defects, ________ ABSORPTION SYSTEM: (Locate on Site Plan if possible) None Present: Comments:____________________________________________________ Elevated Sand Mound Absorption Area:___________________________ Seepage Bed Absorption Area:___________________________ Trench System Absorption Area:___________________________ Cesspool Capacity:_____________________________ Used for Overflow Y/N Other:_______ Absorption Area:___________________________ Leaching Pits/Chambers/Galleries: Number:__________________________________ Leach Trenches: Number:_____ Length:________________ Separation:___________ Leach Fields: Number:_____ Dimensions:____________ Design Defects: trench/piping at excessive slope (>25%); surface water flooding; flood-prone area; rocky soils; less than 10ft from property line; less than 100ft from well; less than 50ft from pond/stream; Damage/Defects Observed: Solids from tank, hydraulic failure, ponding, (Most effluent, dye, odors; surface defects: grading, settlement, systems) slope failure, erosion, ruts from vehicles; inspection ports show uneven effluent levels in individual trench/bed; encroachments onto area by drives, buildings, pools, etc. exposed to runoff, roof drainage, water softener, etc. vegetation, trees, ponding, other signs of failure Damage/Defects Observed: hydraulic failure, cover damage, inlet pipe (Cesspool) damage, ground subsidence, structural collapse, plus others listed above ADDITIONAL VISUAL INSPECTION of the ONSITE SEPTIC SYSTEM or WASTEWATER DISPOSAL System TANK COVER OPENED Y/N DAMAGED Y/N SECURE Y/N (Safety Concern) BAFFLES VISIBLE Y/N DAMAGED Y/N SLUDGE EXITING TANK Y/N (Indicates serious damage to absorption system) COMMENTS:____________________________________________________________ WARNING: Damaged tank baffles is a strong indication of serious, potentially costly damage to the Absorption system. Additional inspection and possibly excavation will be necessary to evaluate this system. CESSPOOL ONSITE INSPECTION SPECIFICS: (Locate on Site Plan) Number and configuration:______________________________________________ Dimensions: ___________________________________________________________ Depth, top of liquid to inlet invert:_______________ Depth, solids layer: _______________________________ Depth, scum layer: _______________________________ Materials/Construction:________________________________________________ Damage/Defects Observed: groundwater inflow, __________________________
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