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Our Recommendation to Our Agents

To view our "Realtor's Guide to Selling Homes with a Well and Septic System" , click here.

Steps to a Conventional Septic System Inspection

  • The septic tank is inspected for signs of decay and broken or missing influent and effluent tees.
  • The septic tank must be cleaned (pumped out) at time of inspection in order to examine the tank's structural stability.
  • The distribution box is inspected for signs of decay.
  • An absorption test is performed on the drainfield to determine if the drainfield lines are functioning properly.
  • We will also look for any other possible threats to the system including root invasion and soil compaction.

 

Years of experience in the field of septic system inspections and septic repairs has taught us many valuable lessons that we would like to pass on to you, the realtor.

Screen on Well Casting to Block Debris and Insects from Entering the Well WaterA lot of times the septic inspection is put off to the last minute after all other inspections are completed and the client is sure that there will be a closing. With newer homes, this is an acceptable practice, but what if the property has an old septic system that may in fact be close to the end of its life expectancy or may need more than a septic inspection and pumping. Repairs and the possibility of needing a new system can be a deal breaker for the buyers.

It is better to be aware of what you are dealing with weeks before closing if possible. A system that may be functioning fine for a family of two may not function as well for a family of four. The problems that may exist with an older septic system may not be apparent until a thorough septic inspection has been performed.

Just because we recommend septic inspections on older systems to be performed earlier than you normally would on newer systems does not mean there will be problems.

So here is what we recommend you to do: Call us when you get a listing for an older property even if there is not a contract on that property yet. We will come out to the property and do a thorough septic inspection.

You will then know what condition the septic system is in. You will have time to discuss with the buyers and sellers what repairs need to be made if any. After the septic inspection is completed and all repairs are made, we will provide a clear septic system certification letter.

At time of closing, if more than 30 days has passed since the initial septic certification letter was sent, we will recertify the septic system, and provide an updated septic certification letter at no extra charge.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Realtors


Q: Does your company do the well water testing as well as the septic inspections?

A: Yes. We are the only company in the area who had the state certified technicians in waterworks and wastewater.

 

Q: What if the closing is postponed?

A: If the closing is postponed and the bank requires recertification of the septic inspection, we will take care of this at no extra charge.

 

Q: What is involved in a septic inspection?

A: All components of the septic system are inspected for structural condition (tank, influent and effluent baffle tees, pumps, floats, etc.). An absorption test is run on the drainfield with a minimum of 200 gallons of water to test the system’s ability to handle a normal daily load of wastewater flow.

 

Q: How much notice do you need to do a septic inspection and water test?

A: The more notice, the better but we normally run about a week between the order and doing the inspections. The water test results will require a minimum of 36 to 48 hours after the sample is pulled.

 

Q: Do I have to be present for the inspections?

A: NO.

 

Q: On vacant properties, is it necessary to have electric power turned on?

A: It is always best to have the power on but with the owner’s permission, we can install a temporary generator to operate the well and any electric components of the septic system.

 

Q: If a house is serviced by a community well, do we still need to have the water tested for closing?

A: If the well serves 15 or more houses, the health department requires the operator of the well to test the water on a regular basis and provide a summary known as the Consumer Confidence Report which can be obtained from the well owner upon request.

 

Q: How long does it take for me to receive the necessary paperwork once the inspections are completed and the water results are ready?

A: As soon as all information is collected, we will have the paperwork sent to you that day.