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Scheduling an Inspection

Inspections Required on:

  • Gravity Systems
    • When the installation is complete, but the sewer and effluent piping, tank, d-box, and headers are not yet covered. Chambers must be bedded.
  • Flood Dose System
    • When the installation is complete, but the sewer and effluent piping, tank, d-box, and headers are not yet covered. Chambers must be bedded.
  • Pressure Distribution Systems
    • After placement of tanks and distribution network with the tanks, residential sewer, manifold, laterals, end caps, and delivery line fully exposed.
    • After the system is covered and when the pump and alarm are operational. This inspection must be scheduled within one week of the completion of the other portions of the system and the contractor shall be present to demonstrate the pump settings and alarm.
  • Mound Inspections
    • When the delivery line is in place, the plow is performed, and the basal sand is being placed immediately after the plow. The sand must be onsite. The installer must notify the office that they are requesting a mound plow inspection when scheduling the appointment.
    • After placement of tanks and distribution network with the tanks, residential sewer, manifold, laterals, end caps, and delivery line fully exposed.
    • After the system is covered and when the pump and alarm are operational. This inspection must be scheduled within one week of the completion of the other portions of the system and the contractor shall be present to demonstrate the pump settings and alarm.
  • Subsurface Drains
    • After placement of the piping, rock fill, and outfall before they are covered.
  • Air Injection Fracturing
    • Upon the receipt of a permit for soil fracturing, the contractor may perform the work per their schedule.
    • The Department of Health will not inspect soil fracturing unless we so state on the permit. If an inspection is required, the contractor shall contact the Department of Health at (574) 235-9721 to schedule the inspection.
    • Upon the completion of the soil fracturing, the contractor shall provide written notice to the Department of Health within 7 days that the soil fracturing was completed via e-mail, fax, or mail. The written notice shall include the permit number and date of soil fracturing.
  • Other requirements
    • The Department of Health may require other inspections as deemed necessary and will identify these on the permit.

Contact the Department of Health for an Inspection:

  • All inspections must be arranged through the office of the Department of Health one day in advance of when the inspection is needed.
  • Call (574) 235-9721 to schedule an inspection.
  • Inspectors do not schedule inspections.
  • Installers are to contact the Department of Health as soon as possible if the system is not going to be ready for an inspection at the scheduled time. The Department of Health will try to accommodate these requests when possible.

General Requirements for all Inspections: (as applicable)

  • All portions of a septic system shall remain uncovered to the maximum extent possible until inspected and approved by the Department of Health.
  • If the system is covered without a valid reason, the contractor shall excavate the portions needing inspection.
  • The contractor shall be present for all pump and alarm inspections.