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We did not have any knowledge of well and septic systems and your explanation made things easy to understand. Thank you.

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Our Services Include

  • Buyer or seller home inspections
  • Well and septic system inspections
  • Radon testing
  • Water testing
  • Commercial inspections

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Septic Inspections

Identifying the type and performance of the septic system is crucial to preventing health and environmental hazards. Certainly, no one wants to move into their new home and have a sewage backup. The typical time such a problem occurs is when a large gathering overloads a failing system or an improperly installed system.


Failed Septic System

New or old, proper design and installation is important to maximizing the system's life.  Septic system failures can be unsightly, foul smelling and can threaten your family's health. There’s a risk of contaminating your well water, resulting in costly repairs or system replacement. A septic system inspection may be required by lenders when you buy, sell or refinance your home. So, ignoring a septic system inspection could cost you money in the long term!

We will provide information on how the system functions, how to maintain the system, and offer suggestions for repairs or replacement of different components that are defective. Current septic system installation standards may require replacement of an older system with a much more expensive system. A septic inspection will help alert you to those unwanted replacement costs and unsafe conditions.

What type of Septic System (also referred to as POWTS or private onsite wastewater treatment system) do you have?

The most common types of septic systems in order, in Northwest Wisconsin are: 

1) Conventional: This system works on gravity, there are no pumps, typically 1 septic tank and 1 drain cell (drain field, drainage field). There may be additional tanks or cells due to upgrades.

2) Conventional with non pressurized dosing: Similar to conventional but has a pump system (also referred to as  a pump tank, lift tank, dosing tank) after the septic tank and before the drain cell typically to lift (pump) the wastewater up to the drain cell.

3) Mound or at grade pressurized dosing:  Due to soil conditions, ground water, or bedrock near grade a drain cell has to be constructed at or above grade to accept and treat wastewater.  Waste water is forced into smaller perforated pipes in the cell to insure that the whole cell is used for treatment. 

4) Hold Tank: Not necessarily a POWTS, as it is a container that once is filled it has to be emptied and the wastewater has to be treated elsewhere. 

5) Aerobic Treatment Units  (ATU):  Least common this system has a Aerobic treatment tank in between the septic and and the drain cell.

Reference Material

These resources are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS)

We serve Rice Lake, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Hayward, Spooner, Bloomer, Ladysmith, Cumberland, Menomonie and Cable