1. You can help the septic test by not overloading the system 3 days prior to the test with multiple high volume water usages such as long showers or laundry or inviting 5 out of state house guests (actually happened); normal limited use is acceptable.

  2. If you want to have the tank pumped, do the pumping at least 30 days prior to the test date and then use the system normally. Make sure the pumper pumps all the pipes in the field in addition to the tank. If it is less than 14 days to the test do not have the tank pumped.

  3. Check all toilet tanks in the home to make sure they are not leaking into the bowl, either by the flapper or over the top of the over flow tube. This can be checked by opening the lid and looking in or listening for water flow. If there is any leakage have this fixed at least 30 days prior to the test and have the septic tank pumped. It is our experience that 50% of the prematurely failed systems are caused by leaky toilets.

  4. Make sure all pipes that come above ground are marked or visible, this will give the tester more time to analyze the system.

  5. Shock chlorinate the well to remove other bacteria that may be present and would lead to a resample and more time delay. See our publication on this site for information on shock chlorination

  6. and.........GOOD LUCK!



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