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Category Archives: Inspections

Don’t Skip a Real Estate Inspection

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Most of our real estate inspection topics are geared towards conventional septic systems, but aerobic systems should be inspected as well. This applies even if the system is under a current maintenance contract and if the system was recently serviced.   …Continue Reading


Quick Tips for Choosing a Septic Inspector

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Are you buying a house and need an inspector to examine the existing septic system? Remember, septic inspections are the same. The planning and installation of a new septic system is an expensive investment, so the inspection is not something   …Continue Reading


Finding a Qualified Company to Pump Your Septic Tank

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A septic system is expensive to replace which is why it is extremely important to make sure it is properly maintained. By foregoing regular maintenance, it can become subject to a number of challenges including heavy sludge, roots in tank,   …Continue Reading


Septic Inspection Discovery: Inaccessible Tank

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There are many types of septic systems and with that comes a variety of different inspections for each. Recently we were called to an older home where the septic inspection included locating the tank, exposing the lids and pumping the   …Continue Reading


Septic System Planning: What to Know When Buying a Home

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If you’re in the market for a home that has a septic system, don’t think a one-size-fits-all septic inspection exists. Every home is subject to a different level of inspection based on the type of system previously installed. Research is   …Continue Reading


Taking Care of Your Septic System This Summer

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If you’re anything like our family, your yard gets a lot more use in the summer — it’s almost June, and barbecues, parties, and summer vacations are right around the corner. Here are some tips for keeping your septic system   …Continue Reading


Once-Rural Septic System Now Located on Developed Land, Requires Replacement

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San Antonio has grown a lot over the years, often around older properties with existing septic systems. As regulations and property lines changed, it became difficult for some property owners to properly maintain their septic systems. Recently we inspected a   …Continue Reading


Pam Van Delden Receives NAWT’s Excellence in Service Award

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Early this year Van Delden Wastewater Systems’ owner and chief septic inspector Pam Van Delden was presented with the National Association of Wastewater Technicians’ Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes individuals the NAWT board believes exhibit exceptional service to   …Continue Reading


Inspection Reveals Custom Home Driveway Built Over Septic Tank

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We often find sidewalk, decks, and patios built over septic tanks, but recently we came across something not so common: the home’s driveway was built over the septic tank. This was discovered during a real estate inspection, and boy was   …Continue Reading


Septic Inspection Discovers Room Addition Built Over Tank

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Who would build a room addition over their septic tank? More people than you might think. TCEQ regulations require a minimum of 5 feet distance from a septic tank to a foundation, building, or surface improvement, but we often come   …Continue Reading


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