Septic Inspections - Miles Plumbing
Buying a home? Inspect the septic system first.
Have you had the bad experience of moving into an older home and in a short period of time the septic or sewer
system has failed?
This does not have to happen.
Our reports of septic and sewer systems is second to none.
We give a detailed report on all the information you will need to ensure a long and happy relationship.
Our report includes an asbuilt drawing on the tank, distribution box and filed. Water usage, size of tank, depth
of field, and life expectancy. The cost of this report ranges from $300 to $500 depending on the tank and field
Our system is endorsed by the local Health Inspectors and lending institutions.
We have been in business for over 20 years and we can give referrals of other agents we have worked for as well
as many satisfied clients
Included with our inspection and report is a comprehensive package of information that is important to the
maintenance, and health of the system (and for interest).
Our visual inspection includes:
•Locating the Septic System and components
•Locating the Distribution system and Drain Fields
•Locating the Dry well or wells
•Inspect inside the tank using an INFRARED state-of-the-art camera
•Check for proper flow of waste water into septic tank and waste water leaving tank and entering into drain fields
or Dry wells
•Check for problems with baffles not functioning or eroded. If the baffles are
not visible, the tank must be pumped before the baffles can be checked for proper function and or
•Check for any visual tree roots & tank cover failure
•Check for any visual signs of sewage in yard or in neighbor's yard
•When necessary, use of an instrument called a Sludge Judge which will determine the thickness of the scum layer,
the liquid effluent depth, and the depth of the sludge. This helps determine if a tank needs to be pumped
Typical Problems, and the causes, range from the easy and cheap repairs to the severe need to replace the intire
system. Some problems include:
•Tipped distribution box
•Clogged/broken soil absorption piping
•Clogged absorption soil (grease & solids)
•Saturated soil absorption area
•Driving over absorption system
•Paving over the absorption system
•Flooding the absorption system from roof runoff or drainage
•Improper original construction
•Tipped or flooded distribution boxes that result in uneven loading of soil absorption system lines
•Use of additives which claim to extend the life of the system can cause many problems. Do not add treatments,
chemicals, yeast or other treats to a septic system, in general they do not work and cause many problems
•Rusting steel tank covers can cause death! Rusted covers can collapse and septic gases and waste water are highly
toxic and can kill in just minutes of exposure
•Concrete tank lids can be damaged by vehicle traffic, Heavy duty covers are available
•Steel tank baffles can rust out and fall off, permitting solids to enter the soil absorption system
•Steel tank bottoms rust out
•Concrete tank baffles may erode from chemicals, detergents, bad concrete mix, poor maintenance and general use
•Concrete tanks can crack.
•Summer homes or temporary built structures normally will have marginal septic systems
•Age, eventually even a well-maintained system, will clog and have to be replaced
We are happy to offer you our online booking service and are A+ rated by The Better Business Bureau.
Simply provide us with the date and type of maintenance you require and we will schedule you in.
Our staff will contact you prior to sending a technician to your home or business.
Miles Plumbing Services Ltd.
2519 Ludgate Street
Victoria BC V8T 4S2