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Video Septic System Inspection

Flexible Cable-mounted Video Camera Sees All

Regular inspections ensure that your septic system functions as it’s supposed to. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that household septic systems be inspected at least every three years. Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components, EPA says, should be inspected more often, generally once a year.

To inspect your septic system, Samson Septic & Excavating uses a 100-foot flexible fiber-optic snake (cable) with a high-resolution, waterproof video camera mounted on its tip. As we push the cable through your septic system (or sewer line), the camera records everything it sees and transmits the images to the operator.


With this sophisticated unit – our Pro-Built PB 2000 Inspection Camera – we’re able to check for breaks, cracks, leaks and blockages. We make sure all baffles are functioning properly. We look for corrosion, root infiltration, and offset pipes (where shifting soil has caused pipes to become misaligned), and check the general condition of all the pipes.

After any needed repairs are made, we make a second video inspection to be sure everything is working properly. The video inspection can be saved as a permanent record, if needed.



Telltale signs of malfunction

Definitely contact us if you suspect your system – septic or sewer – is malfunctioning. Wastewater backing up into your drains is one sure indication you need an inspection. Other telltale symptoms of a malfunctioning septic include bright green, spongy grass on the drain field, even during dry weather; pooling water or muddy soil around your septic system or in your basement; or a strong odor around the septic tank and drain field.

Unless your tank has been pumped recently, we must pump it to see what’s going on inside your septic system. Then we’re able to use our video camera to determine the problem. Once we find the issue, we will discuss the remedy with you.

If it’s a simple fix, chances are we’ll be able to make the repair(s) right away. If the issue is more complex, we’ll recommend a course of action and give you an estimate for whatever work is necessary. There are no surprises or hidden fees with Samson Septic & Excavating. We value your business and want you to come back!

If you are experiencing symptoms that suggest you might have a problem with your septic system or sewer line, contact us.



If you’re thinking about selling your home, and you have a septic system, it’s wise to get your system inspected before you list your property for sale. That way, when you’re presented with an offer, you’ll be ahead of the game on the septic inspection that’s required by law – yours will be done and your system to code.

Contact us to learn more.