Category: Septic - WNC Independent Labs
Service your septic regularly
April 25, 2022
Installing a second drainfield
March 29, 2022
Sometimes when a drainfield is failing, the county will approve a second drainfield with a switch (technically a bull valve) between the two drainfields so the original one can dry out and then the homeowner can switch it so the original one is getting effluent and the new one has a chance to dry out.....Read More
Save on Septic Inspections
March 3, 2022
This warm weather has us looking forward to spring and summer: gardening, enjoying the outdoors, having guests visit, and more. A septic inspection can help prevent messy, smelly septic issues from popping up and ruining your summer plans. If you don’t know where your septic system is, make sure you locate it before adding a....Read More
Can you pump from this pipe?
February 6, 2022
That depends on what you have: Cleanout – cannot be used for pumping Cleanouts are about 4″ across (usually with a twist off cap) that are installed on the line between the house and the tank. They are for cleaning the line – they do not provide direct access to the tank. We do sometimes....Read More
Septic Pumping: It won’t solve all septic/plumbing issues.
February 3, 2022
Septic Pumping only solves the problem of the tank being too full. If something else is causing an issue, pumping will not solve it. Sometimes it requires a septic contractor, sometimes a plumber. Drains in the house are smelling, bubbling, draining slowly, or not draining at all. Is it only happening in one drain or....Read More
Septic Pumping: One lid or Two? Inlet or Outlet?
February 2, 2022
Most septic tanks in this area have two lids – one over the inlet pipe, one over the outlet pipe. Usually they are about 20 to 24 in square for concrete tanks, or round for plastic tanks. This can vary depending on age and type of tank – some will have one lid, some will....Read More
How often do I need to pump my septic tank?
January 29, 2022
The NC Laws and Rules say: a) Any person owning or controlling the property upon which a ground absorption sewage treatment and disposal system is installed shall be responsible for the following items regarding the maintenance of the system:(2) Ground absorption sewage treatment and disposal systems shall be checked, and the contents of the septic tank....Read More
Septic Inspection: To Pump or Not to Pump
January 27, 2022
The state rules say we are required to tell our clients: Client requesting this inspection has been advised that for a complete inspection to be performed the tank needs to be pumped. And then give them the option to opt for a pump or to decline a pump. Tanks should be pumped on a regular....Read More
Septic Pumping: Flowable Solids
January 25, 2022
Tanks should have 3 layers – fats, oils, and greases float to the top; other waste settles to the bottom; the middle layer of effluent (mostly water) should move to the outlet side of the tank, where it should settle some more, before the effluent goes to the drainfield (leaving the solids – fats, oils,....Read More
Arranging access with the seller
January 14, 2022
If you are buying a house (or are a buyer’s agent) ordering services with us: Please let us know if you have (or are) a buyer’s agent. Please let us know if you would like us to copy your agent on everything.If it’s listed in Canopy MLS (Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, etc) – we can....Read More
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