As you know we are on the search for a truck, but Tim is rethinking just what type will be right for his day to day use. With using the Saturn Relay he has a lift gate and it provides a cover over him if it rains and a nice place to step out of the sun. A truck won't do that, so we are thinking, perhaps, we'll look at Trailblazers or a Tahoe. Thanks for your continued prayers (you know who you are, ladies!) and interest.
Our business is nearly two years old and is growing every year. We are thankful. Its been stretching, and hard sometimes, but we do see God's hand.
On Tuesday, Tim had to take water to an inspection (this is why we need a vehicle that can tow), and needed to use my dad's Suburban, but he needed his tools and didn't want to move everything over to the 'burb. So I drove his Relay and he hauled the water.
There are 250 gallons of water in each of these totes. He uses hoses and a pump to put this water into the septic system of this house. The idea is that you test a system of a house, that has been empty or is having more people move in than there are people moving out, to determine whether the system can handle the load. For example a four bedroom house, should be able to handle 500 gallons of water a day. With this kind of test (called a hydraulic load test) you do this for two days and measure the liquid level in the drain field of the system.
He also has to probe and measure the layout of the absorption area (which could be either a drain field or trenches) to determine the size.
This inspection started at 3:00 in the afternoon, and he'd already done two inspections that day. (not all inspections require a hydraulic load test) It was hot and humid, and we were both sweating like crazy!
I didn't have a lot to do for him, but I did record measurements and information for him
This system was from the 1960's, which was interesting, but it did not pass its test, and a new system will be needed.
I also got to look down into an access port and watch for the flow of water from the flushing of toilets. It lets an inspector know whether there are issues with a system, by how the water flows.
He also has to check the tank (not go in it) to see if the tank is in good condition, to see if all the filters, and baffles etc, are in good repair.
I had a pretty view to look at while we were there.
I am glad that I get to go with him some days, to help or just to ride along. It lets me see how hard he works, and experience the weather conditions as well. I have such a deep thankfulness for his work on behalf of our family.
I'm sure you learned more about septic inspections than you wanted to know, and if you're still with me, Bravo! You're a true friend!