Before Selling Your Home Get a Septic Tank & System Inspection

Posted by Jeff Rachlin on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:36 PM
Consider this:
  • 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 septic systems components are usually buried or out of sight.
  • The buyers need to know the condition of the septic system.
  • Permits for septic repairs or system replacement may take up to eight weeks to obtain.
  • An invasive septic inspection should be performed.

Advantages for the seller:

  • Any system problems can be identified before the buyer arrives on the scene, so seller can retain control.
  • This allows the seller time to make an informed decision before listing their home for sale.
  • Allows needed time for any septic system repairs or replacement to be made.
  • Most of all, it will eliminate discouraged buyers and deal killers due to problematic septic systems.

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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 septic 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 for any problems.
  • Obtain a written report of the condition of each component and the overall condition of the septic tank & system inspection.

You should only use an inspection company certified by PSMA or NAWT.

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