SEPTIC TANK INSPECTIONS
Septic Tank Inspections might just be the most overlooked inspection and yet one of the most problematic home systems when it fails.
There are two kinds of people when it comes to Septic systems; Those that own an existing system and those that are about to.
If you are used to letting most everything go down the drain, flush and go to public wastewater management then you’ve never had to think of what happens when you flush to a septic system.
When a Septic system fails – it’s never a good failure. At a minimum, cleanups are expensive, smelly and all around unpleasant.
Septic systems exist mainly in more rural areas and on the outskirts of town. A septic tank is a self-contained wastewater, dirty water, brown water management system. One that when treated and maintained properly will keep our waste and everything else flowing as everyone likes it to. Flush it and forget it!
When a septic system goes wrong, it’s a disaster. Home buyers can face an average bill of $10,000 to $20,000 in costs to replace a tank and its drain field.
Any damage to the septic system, caused by neglect, or a lack of maintenance may not be covered by the home buyers home insurance.
Sign’s of a failing or failed system:
- Lack of maintenance (failure to pump)
- Unexplained slow drains (toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers)
- Sewage backup into your home (toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, sometimes laundry)
- Pooling raw sewage in the yard
- Wet or spongy spots in the yard (that are not due to rain or other water source)
- Grass that is unusually green over the septic system
- Foul odor near the septic system
A Septic Tank Inspection should only be performed if a tank has been pumped within the prior two years. If the tank hasn’t been pumped there is a good chance that an inspector is going to charge you for a Septic Tank Inspection and still not be able to inspect the septic tank.
In a real estate transaction, it is not unusual for the home seller to pay for the tank to be pumped prior to a Septic Tank Inspection. Any documents relating to when the septic tank was previously pumped would be helpful if made available.
There are varying degrees of septic system failure. A Septic Tank Inspection is a smart choice. As a local Licensed Certified Professional Home Inspector, I am able to perform all of the home inspections a person might require living in our local area. Such as Well Inspections, Water Quality Testing, Septic Tank Inspections and others. For a full list of available services please go to “Services & Fees”.
If you need a Septic Tank Inspection or a Well Inspection within St Joseph, Benton Harbor, New Buffalo, Stevensville, Niles, Paw Paw, Bridgman, Sawyer, Berrien Springs, South Haven or the surrounding areas – call Smart Choice Home Inspection now.
Smart Choice Home Inspection can easily and affordably give you the answers you need to keep safe. Schedule a Septic Tank Inspection now. Call: (269) 800-0111.
Septic Tank Inspections with a Home Inspection starts at $250, combined with Well Inspection $350, with Well and Water Quality $475
Septic Tank Inspections with no Home Inspection starts at $300 combined with Well Inspection $400, with Well and Water Quality $525
Visit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more information about failing septic systems.