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Septic System Testing


Interior Inspection of the Plumbing Connections

The septic inspector checks the interior drain line connections to determine whether the pipelines discharge into proper waste disposal systems. The interior existing sewerage piping lines are traced to the sewerage treatment tank(s) and disposal.

Treatment Tank

The sewerage treatment tank is located by probing the ground outside the home    where the septic line leaves the structure. If the tank cannot be located using this method, a transmitter or camera is sent into the system to locate the tank. The access lids are removed for inspection. The baffles and tank are evaluated for cracks or deterioration. The tank size is determined. The inspector determines the waste levels inside the treatment tank and will recommend pumping if required. 

Septic Inspection Tank Diagram

Infrared Scanning Service Exhaust Flue
Elevated Tank Level
Infrared Scanning Service HVAC
Deteriorated Baffle


Distribution Box

A camera is sent from the outlet to the distribution box. The camera verifies whether any restriction or deterioration of the sewerage line has occurred. The camera measures the distance to the distribution box for location. The distribution box is inspected for blockages and deterioration.

Septic System Distribution Box


Absorption Field

The absorption field is mapped out utilizing the camera system. All lines are evaluated for deterioration and absorption. A load test is administered by a Licensed Environmental Health Specialist. When the home is vacant the load test is administered to simulate occupancy.

Septic System Leach System


Electromagnet Induction Scanning

LHI is the only company that utilizes electromagnetic induction scanning to analyze septic systems. The scanner is used to identify the location of the septic tank and components. Electromagnetic induction scanners measure the conductivity of the soil. The system allows us to pinpoint drainage problems in the septic field without excavation even when the soil is covered with snow. The following are samples of soil scans:
Conductivity Scan
Septic Scan


Questions & Answers

The septic system is one of the most expensive systems to repair or replace and must be evaluated properly.

How long does an inspection take?
Times will vary based on the amount of excavation and the number of systems, the depth of septic components or problem soil conditions.

What are the technician’s credentials?
All tests are conducted according to guidance standards of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Septic Management Association for Onsite Wastewater & Treatment Systems. Our Licensed Environmental Health Specialist conducts the oversight onsite.

What is the most accurate inspection?
The open pit test is the highest standard evaluation for septic systems. The open pit (hole in the ground) allows the inspector to see the septic tank and evaluate the current condition. Further, a camera is snaked through the waste line to determine the condition of the distribution box and the disposal bed area.

How long does it take to generate the written report?
The written report is available the next business day.

How do we locate components of the system?
The tank is located by probing; utilizing a transmitter sent though the waste line or sending a camera through the waste lines.

Does the seller/owner object to this type of test?
In most cases no, however it is possible. We will contact the owner and go over the service. In most cases there is lawn area above a septic tank. The excavated lawn area will be removed carefully and restored immediately upon completion. Further, if the owner has properly maintained the system and had it pumped every two to three years, a similar procedure (removal of the lawn and opening of the tank) is used for the cleaning/pumping service. Additionally, we obtain the paperwork/records on file at the township.


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