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Septic Inspections

When it comes to wastewater management, risk-taking never pays off. Skipping septic inspections could lead to sudden breakdowns, resulting in serious biohazards or property damage.

To get the peace of mind that your septic system is always in great condition, turn to the experts at Goodman Septic Services. Our highly trained team is licensed by the OR Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and brings decades of experience to each job site. We are committed to performing meticulous inspections and providing honest, helpful recommendations.

Technician carrying a shovel while inspecting a septic tank

When Should You Get a Septic System Inspected?

It’s easy to forget about your septic system until a problem arises. However, waiting until there’s an emergency could leave you with costly and dangerous problems such as exposed sewage and flooding. Knowing when to inspect your system can save you a lot of time, money, and trouble. Here is how often you should have your septic system inspected:

  • Once every three years for gravity-fed systems
  • Up to annually for ATT and sand filter systems
  • Whenever buying or selling a home
  • If you suspect any issues with your system

Reliable Experts Make the Difference

Septic systems play a critical role in the health and safety of your property, which is why it’s always important to enlist the help of qualified experts who can deliver dependable results. At Goodman Septic Services, it’s our goal to go above and beyond in every job. In an effort to keep our services above industry standards, we are:

  • DEQ Licensed and Bonded
  • Contractors Board Licensed
  • Members of the National Association of Waste Transporters
  • An approved onsite wastewater recycling treatment facility
    Dedicated to providing honest advice and reliable results

Certified Full System Inspections

A certified full system inspection is the gold standard for septic evaluation. During a certified inspection, our team will meticulously inspect every aspect system to ensure each part is in optimal working order. We will focus on these three primary components:

  • Condition of the drain field
  • Integrity of the septic tank
  • Functionality of the distribution box

Trusted Septic System Inspections

You can count on the experts at Goodman Septic Services for thorough and rigorous septic system inspections. Our technicians are highly trained and have meticulous attention to detail.

We have performed reliable septic services for homeowners throughout the Portland OR metro area since 1948. To schedule a septic system inspection, give us a call today!

Septic System Inspection FAQs

During an inspection of your septic system, our highly skilled and highly responsive technicians will use specialized equipment to assess the system’s condition and identify any potential problems. Additionally, we ensure all materials are up to code. The experts at Goodman Septic Services offer two types of inspections:

  • Non-Certified Inspection: This type of inspection only assesses the septic tank. Our technicians will ensure your system is draining properly and that there are no holes or leaks. After the inspection, we will provide you with a report of the tank’s overall condition.
  • Certified Full System Inspection: This type of inspection assesses the entire septic system, including the drainfield. In addition to evaluating the condition of your system, our technicians can identify what type of system you have, where it is located, its capacity, and whether it is up to code. After the inspection, we will provide a detailed report of the system’s condition.

Certified full system inspections examine every aspect of your septic, from the tank to the drainfield. Meanwhile, non-certified inspections only assess the tank, looking for issues such as leaking or poor drainage. 

While certified inspections are much more thorough, they can be more time-consuming and costly to complete. Non-certified inspections are also helpful for catching issues such as leaking or poor drainage. So, when should you choose a certified inspection over a non-certified inspection?

  • At least once every three years for gravity-fed systems
  • Annually for ATT or sand filter septic systems
  • Prior to buying or selling a home


In some states and counties, it is mandatory to have your septic inspected prior to selling your home. However, even if it isn’t required in your area, there are still a number of reasons why you should invest in a thorough inspection. 

Having a detailed report of your system on hand can help your home sell faster with a higher value, because you will be able to assure buyers that everything is in great condition. Additionally, some mortgage companies require septic inspections, and buyers may request one even if it isn’t required. Getting the inspection out of the way early on will help your sale close faster.

Knowing where your septic tank is located can speed up the inspection process. If you aren’t sure where yours is, try looking for: 

  • Home design plans or a septic tank map
  • Property records, such as old permits
  • Main or sewer line pipe connections
  • Signs of a drain field, such as extra green grass

Still can’t find your septic tank? Don’t worry! The experts at Goodman Septic Services can help you identify it quickly and efficiently during an inspection service. Just contact our team to get started!

The type of septic system you have will impact how frequently you need to invest in inspections. But what if you don’t know what type is beneath your home? Try asking the previous owner of the land, or look for property records such as home design plans or a septic map. 

If you aren’t able to find any information about your septic system, get in touch with an expert! Our team is trained to locate and evaluate septic systems quickly and efficiently. We will be able to discuss your system type and provide recommendations on how frequently it should be serviced or inspected.

Though we always want a septic inspection to reveal a perfectly working system, our experts may uncover problems during our examination. Thankfully, catching problems early on generally means that the damage or repairs will be minimal compared to a breakdown later on. 

If we notice issues with your septic system during an inspection, our experts will provide you with a detailed report and discuss potential solutions. It’s our goal to equip you with the knowledge you need to make the best decision for your home and budget, which is why our recommendations come with zero obligations.