Septic System Inspections:

Prior to purchasing an existing home, banks generally require that the sale of a home is contingent upon a home inspection. However, most financial institutions do not require an inspection of the septic system. Unfortunately, for many people who have failed to have a septic system inspection conducted, have learned an expensive lesson.

Unforeseen expenses can appear almost immediately after purchasing the property.  No sooner are the closing papers signed when foul-smelling septage is found in the backyard, or worse yet, backing up into the house. For a lucky few, the problem may only be a block in the line, however for many; the only solution is a new installation or replacement of the existing system.  This can cost the new homeowner anywhere from $200 to $30,000 – in addition to the frustration and inconvenience.  You can lessen the chance of the financial burden of a failed system with a thorough septic system inspection.

 A thorough inspection includes researching property records, thoroughly reviewing each septic system component, a video pipe inspection, leach field borings, and correctly interpreting those results. Here at SepticPro our information gathering efforts include a review of records, a review of the plumbing to check for garbage disposals, floor drains, and other appurtenances that should not be introduced into the leach field, video inspections using a cctv pipe camera, a physical review of the tank, d-box, and other structures, and borings into the leach field.

 The structures such as the tank and distribution boxes offer clues to the age, structural integrity, whether or not the system is functioning correctly, and whether or not the current occupants maintain and care for the system. 

Items that we review to determine the condition of the leach field include reviewing the vegetation, slope, drainage, and possible effluent “break-out” areas in and around the system and conduct soil borings to observe signs of effluent ponding levels. 

 We record all the data we obtain and deliver a detailed report.  The report contains maintenance tips, a list of items reviewed, findings, recommendations, conclusions, a summary, pictures, and a professional opinion. Four simple terms describe our opinion of the system’s status in accordance with the GSDI Certified Evaluator Program.

 These terms are: Good: A system in its young or early middle age with no evidence of flooding or high effluent

Fair: A system in its middle age that has some ponding on the bottom of the field

Poor: A system nearing the end of its useful life, and Failing. To describe a system in which failure is imminent.

While a septic system inspection is simply a snapshot in time, correctly interpreting the results can offer some insight into the health of a system.  SepticPro will help lessen your investment risk.