Hydraulic load test

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    Ulises Otero

    I recently completed course for basic septic inspections. I just came across a system that has one 1,000 gallon tank that leads strait to the drain field, nothing else in-between. I was wondering what would be the best method of introducing water to the system for a hydraulic load test, The tank was installed in 77.

    Thank you

    Ray Erb

    Hi Ulises,
    You have a couple of options.
    1. You could dig down at the outlet end of the septic tank. Many tanks have a lid on the tank over the outlet baffle. If this tank has one, you can access the outlet pipe through the outlet baffle and introduce water here.

    2. You can dig to the outlet pipe after the septic tank, cut the line, and install a tee/cleanout in the line and introduce the water at that point.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Ray Erb
    PSMA education committee chairman

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