Water Quality and Quantity testing Southwest Ohio

Accutech Home Inspections LLC provides the Water Quality and Quantity testing Southwest Ohio area with inspection services using with the knowledge and experience gained from inspecting thousands of homes throughout southwestern Ohio. Septic effluent treatment is accomplished by bacterial action in the “septic” or “treatment” tank and it is mostly accomplished by bacteria in the soil around and below the effluent absorption system, or “drain field.” This bacterial action is needed to reduce the level of pathogens in the effluent discharges from the waste system into the soil. The principal components of a private on-site waste disposal system usually include the following:

  • Piping connecting the building to the treatment tank
  • A septic or treatment tank which retains solid waste
  • Piping connecting and conducting clarified effluent from the treatment tank to a distribution box
  • Distribution box connecting the effluent line from the tank to the absorption system or “drain field”
  • Absorption system which permits effluent to drain to soils below
  • Bio-mat or bio-mass of pathogen-digesting bacteria which forms in soil below the absorption system.
  • Many variations on this general scheme are used, depending on local climate, soil conditions, available space, economy, and available materials.
septic and well water

In order for the septic system to be checked, the house must have been occupied within the last 30 days.

Here’s a great pamphlet from the EPA “A Homeowner’s Guide To Septic Systems“.

Why Do Septic Systems Malfunction?

Septic Systems Maintenance – Know what to do to keep you septic system in good working order.
Ohio Septic Systems Requirements – Know what changes Ohio has recently enacted for septic systems.
Septic Tank/Soil Treatment for Rural Ohio homes – Another great pamphlet for rural homes.

Water Quality & Quantity

A water quantity test, also called a well flow rate, is done to see if the private well is producing a minimum of five gallons per minute (GPM), and should maintain that quantity for a period of at least 45 minutes.

Examples of Water Quality Indicators:
Total Coliforms
Coliform bacteria are microbes found in the digestive systems of warm-blooded animals, in soil, on plants, and in surface water. These microbes typically do not make you sick; however, because microbes that do cause disease are hard to test for in the water, “total coliforms” are tested instead. If the total coliform count is high, then it is very possible that harmful germs like viruses, bacteria, and parasites might also be found in the water.

Fecal Coliforms / Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Fecal coliform bacteria are a specific kind of total coliform. The feces (or stool) and digestive systems of humans and warm-blooded animals contain millions of fecal coliforms. E. coli is part of the fecal coliform group and may be tested for by itself. Fecal coliforms and E. coli are usually harmless. However, a positive test may mean that feces and harmful germs have found their way into your water system. These harmful germs can cause diarrhea, dysentery, and hepatitis. It is important not to confuse the test for the common and usually harmless WQI E. coli with a test for the more dangerous germ E. coli O157:H7.

Southwest Ohio Home Inspections

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