Perry Environmental wants you to understand your monitoring report. We encourage you to print this, sit down with your monitoring report in hand and comb through both documents side by side. If at any time you have questions about your monitoring report, please contact us.
Owner Information Section:
When reviewing this section of your report, it is important to double check our records and make sure your information displayed accurately and spelled correctly. If an error is found, please contact us to correct the information.
Title of the Cottage/Residence.
Name of the Owners of the residence and the Wastewater Treatment System. This section usually mirrors the tax data listings on the County websites.
This is the physical address of the residence.
This is the Lot, Block, Section and Subdivision listing. The Health Department requests this be on all correspondence between the Operator and the Health Department. This section mirrors information on the County tax data listings.
Reference number assigned to the property as identification. This information is also part of the County tax listing system.
Inspection Data Section:
This section lists the date and time of current and previous inspections. Days between inspections is calculated here. The type of system is also listed here with frequency of inspection. If the system is a Peat Biofilter, the number of pods will be listed as well. Please make sure all information is correct for your specific system.
This section refers to the Septic Tank. This is where some of the biological processes of your wastewater system occur.
1. A) Riser Accessible:
Risers are the coverings for the tanks. Risers are in place as a safety feature for the wastewater system to prevent anyone from falling into the tanks. Risers should not be buried. It is important for these Riser hatches to be accessible with plenty of clearance to be able to be removed at any time; your Operator will need to access these Risers during inspections.
1. B) Surface Water Diverted
Risers should not be located in a hole or low lying area where rain water or other drainage waters can collect in the Septic Tanks. This drainage/seepage of waters into a septic tank is called Infiltration. Infiltration can quickly increase water levels within your septic tank and introduce a multitude of problems for your wastewater system. If the Infiltration is significant, it could cause a wastewater alarm which could lead to your tanks being pumped in an emergency situation to prevent sewage from overflowing and introducing contaminants into existing ground waters.
2. Risers Structurally Sound, Water-Tight
Risers are in place for safety reasons. It is important that they be sturdy, which means free of cracks. It is important for the Risers to be free of gaps--the Risers need to be secured to the tanks (some form of adhesive, depending on Riser material) to prevent rain water and other drainage waters from leaking/draining into the tanks.
3. Sanitary Tee in Good Condition/Effluent Filter Clean
Most systems have an effluent filter today, but some systems can have one or the other, or both Sanitary Tee and Effluent Filter. This is dependent on the type of wastewater system you have. These two filters are designed to remove large particles including grease. The Operator needs to check this during inspections to make sure it is not clogged. If a filter is clogged with debris, it is important for the Operator to manually wash the filter to remove the scum.
4. A) Sludge Depth/Appearance
Sludge consists of the solids that collect/settle on the bottom of the septic tank. A Sludge Judge is a hollow, tube-like apparatus that is used to measure the depth and consistency of sludge. The Sludge Judge, when inserted and pushed to the bottom of the septic tank and removed, will present with a “plug” or cross-section of the water and solid levels in the septic tank.
4. B) Level Acceptable
Acceptable levels of sludge depend on a combination of factors including the consistency and depth of the sludge. Typically, if the cross-section of waters and solids is loosely packed and not exceeding 8 inches in height, this is considered acceptable. Once the cross-section of waters in a loosely packed sample exceeds 8 inches, it is recommended your septic tank be pumped to remove these solids from the bottom of your tank. However, if the cross-section of waters is dense and packed like mud and when this level reaches 4 inches, then it is recommended for the septic tank to be pumped. So, pumping is recommended with different situations and is totally dependent on your specific level and consistency of solids in your septic tank.
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