8 Year Old Failed Septic System

The following pictures are from a recent inspection. This system consists of a 1000 gallon treatment tank, a 1250 gallon secondary tank used as a pumping station, a concrete D-Box with 3 outlets/laterals and a Elgen Geotextile Sand Filter. This[...]

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Hydraulic Load Test Failure

Two examples of systems that failed during the hydraulic load test and backed up through the tank. Both were caused by clogged filters in the outlet baffles, once cleaned the system functioned fine.[...]

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Example of a NH Dry Well

Here is another example of a New Hampshire dry well, unfortunately a bad example. The dry well”s original cover was damaged and the pieces are inside the well. Also, this well is approximately 8-10 feet deep and as seen in[...]

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A Functioning Drywell

Here’s a typical New Hampshire dry well that is still functioning. This system was installed in the late 1960s just before traditional stone and pipe systems were developed. The state of New Hampshire will no longer allow these systems to[...]

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Site Assessments

Recently I had an inspection where the home was located on a river. State law in New Hampshire requires all waterfront properties who’s boundaries are within 200 feet of the high water mark and are on a septic system  have[...]

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Sewer Gases In The Home

The following failures in the plumbing system may allow sewer gases to flow back into a building: dried-out piping and plumbing fixtures. In most cases, intruding sewer gases are caused by a loss of the water barrier where traps have gone[...]

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Sewer Camera Inspections

Sewer cameras have quickly become one of the most popular and important tools in a septic inspector’s tool belt. Many times a septic system inspector has to make educated guesses and determinations as to how, when, or why there is[...]

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