Septic System Inspection

Professional Real Estate Inspection Services

Septic System Inspection $150

A septic inspection is used to locate system components, observe how the system functions, and if the system is in need of repair to function properly using visual-only non-invasive inspection techniques.  Occasionally, the tanks and risers are buried and the locations cannot be determined, in which case it has likely not been pumped or inspected in several years. The inspection includes running all of the plumbing fixtures, looking for effluent at the surface of the drain field, assessing if the tank covers are watertight and in fair condition, and checking equipment for safety or mechanical issues.  We also look for proper clearances to property lines, wells, and other water sources to ensure the system is not creating an environmental impact.

A septic tank oversees taking care of your waste and water from the toilets, showers, sinks, and washers. When you flush a toilet in your home, use water to take a shower, or run the washing machine, the used water and waste are transported to your septic tank. The septic tank is designed so that the waste sinks to the bottom of the tank and remains and the filtered liquid, such as water, can be carried out of the tank to a drain field area to be distributed with the main goal aimed at decreasing soil and water pollution.

  • (Not to be purchased as a stand-alone service)

As the waste begins to break down, it turns into slime or sludge-like material. Pumping the tank removes this sludge material, preventing your tank from getting so full that it cannot function or it overflows into your yard.

Experts recommend having your septic tank inspected every three years as this service usually goes with septic tank pumping.

There are many factors that determine the life of a septic system: soil type, drainage, owner care, and maintenance are just a few.

Being Informed Provides Peace of Mind

As the name suggests, a septic inspection is when a licensed inspector checks your house’s septic system to ensure it is functioning properly.

Based on the inspection results, you may need to invest more money than just the purchase of the home. A new system could cost you upwards of $20,000, so spending a little extra upfront can save you thousands later. Be sure you're prepared.

The benefits of having this inspection are much cheaper than having to replace or repair your septic tank later after the sale.