Aerobic Septic System Maintenance Contracts
The state of Texas requires that aerobic treatment plants utilizing surface application, sprinklers to dispose of the wastewater, to have a maintenance contract. This contract is designed to protect you, your neighbors and the environment from untreated wastewater being disposed of onto your lawn. The state requires a minimum of 3 inspections per year. Some jurisdictions, require 4 inspections per year. The inspections are generally conducted on months 4, 8 and 12, from the contract start date. If your jurisdiction requires 4 inspections per year they are conducted at months 3, 6, 9 and 12, from the contract start date.
Under the Texas Health and Safety Code, homeowners with onsite sewage facilities (Septic Systems), must carry an annual maintenance contract. Some permitting authorities have adopted more stringent requirements, which may require homeowner training or even a prohibition against homeowner “self” maintenance.
At a minimum, the maintenance company or maintenance provider will:
Install a tag, or some other form of identification, on the system at the beginning of each maintenance contract;
The identification shall either be punched or marked at the time of each visit, including responses to owner complaints, to provide the owner with a record of the visit.
Inspect components of the system and note whether or not every component is working during each site visit;
If a component is not operating properly, the property owner must have it repaired.
Test the system as required in 30 TAC §285.91
Submit a report to the permitting authority and owner at least once every four months, see 30 TAC §285.90;
The reporting frequency may be reduced to once every six months if the system uses an electronic monitor, automatic radio or telephone to notify the maintenance provider of your system or component failure and to monitor the amount of disinfection in the system;
The maintenance provider is responsible for ensuring that the electronic monitoring and automatic radio or telephone access systems are working properly.
Your report must include all responses to property owner complaints and electronic monitoring notices;
Your report must be submitted within 14 days after the test is performed.
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