How often does my system need to be inspected?
order to assure that your system is functioning, Washington
State Code requires that your simple gravity septic system
be inspected by a qualified inspector at least every three
years. More complicated systems must be inspected at least
can inspect a septic system?
systems must be inspected by certified Operations and Maintenance
a list of certified inspectors
will the County know my system has been inspected?
inspector will complete the form and provide the information
to the Health Department. Basic information from the inspection
will be available on line through the county's records search
had my septic tank pumped. Is that an inspection?
Having your septic tank pumped is not a full inspection. In
fact, an inspection may show that you do NOT need to have
your tank pumped if the solids in the tank are not deep enough.
there special requirements if my system has a special treatment
septic systems are more complicated than a simple gravity
system. Often called proprietary treatment products, these
systems may have special treatment products that require a
maintenance contract with a certified Operations & Maintenance
Specialist. If you have such a device on your system this
information must be recorded on your property title so that
future property owners become aware of this contract. That's
in addition to making sure the system is inspected once a
if my septic system fails the inspection?
inspector will inform you if your system needs maintenance
or repair. Your inspection may show that your tank is due
to be pumped or that your lines need a simple repair. Sometimes
a simple repair can fix a small problem now that might turn
into a large problem (expensive!) later. The inspection may
also show that your system is failing. In the case of a failure
you need to take action to prevent pollution and comply with
code. You will need to contact a septic system designer or
installer to repair or replace the failing system.
assistance for repairs to failing septic systems
you have a septic system failure (drainfield, septic tank, or
other components) you may qualify for both a low interest loan
as well as a grant ($1000 - $2000 off of the loan). To qualify
all you need to have are two things: good credit and a failing
septic system. Call Clyde Williams at the Skagit County Treasurer's
Office for more information at 416-1757