Septic System Inspections

Septic system inspections are one of our prime specialities.  With over 25 years experience and more than 5,600 inspections conducted around the province, of all different types, styles and ages, we are not new kids on the block.

We use high quality electronic equipment, from advanced utility locators, pipe and tank video cameras, ultrasonic flow meters, thermal imaging cameras, etc., that increase precision, thoroughness and efficiency.  We don’t just walk around the septic field or take a peak into the septic tank, then hand you an invoice with a hand-written comment after half an hour of ‘work’.

There can be over 400 items to examine, so expect 3 to 6 hours on site plus office work to create a report with supporting photos and more.  This report ensures that you have realistic expectations for the septic system, and that you know how to avoid the more common problems.  All reports are stamped and signed by the ROWP Private Inspector as required by their professional association’s standards, policies and guidelines.  Our lead inspector was also the first ROWP registered in the province and has extensive knowledge in all aspects of inspections.

To learn more, such as what type of inspection is best for you, how to avoid scams and fraud, how “old” does not mean “bad” and “new” does not mean “good”, and what to look for when shopping around for an Inspector, check out Info & Help.

Check out an example Commercial Septic Inspection.

For more information, contact our Office Manager to discuss your particular needs. Contact us.


Only several years old, this engineered system had multiple points where groundwater flowed into the system contributing to a malfunction. New does’t mean a system is working properly.
Leakage of groundwater into a pump chamber because of improper installation in a very new system.
Treatment plant blower in a water-filled housing. Potential electrocution hazard in a new system.
Smoke testing of system components to track source of sewage odours in and around a home.
Smoke escaping sewer roof vents. Location of sewage odours was identified and easily corrected.
Confirming location of septic systems to drinking water intakes from a lake for a First Nations client.
Using a thermal imaging camera to confirm if wastewater flows through a distribution box are uniformly achieved or not.
Plastic box in the ground containing assorted electrical wiring for an advanced septic system. Box is full of water and a high-voltage ballast not intended for moist conditions found inside. Potential electrical hazard in a park area for a municipal client.
Large septic field for a First Nations campground. Green strips show highly irregular distribution of wastewater due to improper maintenance by contractors. Restoration scheduled to correct this condition. Excavator at lower right of this aerial photo gives an idea of scale.
Yellow flags on left mark where a gas line runs to a home. The entire lawn area is part of the septic field.
Photo shows a concrete distribution box in the septic field with one of 5 dispersal pipes leading out that were damaged when a new gas line was pushed horizontally through the ground from the street. Had utility locating been done by the gas company, the septic field would not be damaged.
After locating the utilities by our staff, suspected points of damage are carefully exposed and documented. FortisBC staff attended and were very happy to learn we can restore the septic field by some very creative means which helped avoid costs for a replacement.