- The cost of replacing a septic system can be from $5,000 to $45,000, or more.
- There are many components in septic systems that can be defective or malfunctioning.
- The systems components are usually buried or out of sight.
- The buyers need to know the condition of the system.
- Permits for repairs or replacement may take up to eight weeks to obtain.
- An invasive inspection should be performed.
Advantages for the seller:
- Problems can be identified before the buyer arrives on the scene, so seller can retain control.
- Allows the seller time to make an informed decision before listing their home for sale.
- Allows needed time for any repairs or replacement to be made.
- Most of all, it will eliminate discouraged buyers and deal killers due to problematic septic systems.
The septic tank & system inspection should include:
- Inspecting the main sewer line from the house to the septic tank / cesspool.
- Inspecting the integrity of the septic tank / cesspool after septic tank pumping.
- Inspecting the condition of the inlet and outlet baffles.
- Flushing toilets to observe level changes in the tank or possible problems.
- Inspecting the delivery pipe from the septic tank to the absorption area.
- If applicable, check pumps, pump controls, pump wiring, and pump tank alarm.
- Check the liquid level in the absorption area.
- Obtain a written report of the condition of each component and the overall condition of the septic tank & system inspection.