3 FAQ About Septic System Inspections

Homeowners that have a septic system understand the importance of preventative maintenance. They also know that as soon as the septic system stops working, it should get repaired right away.  It's also equally important for homeowners to get their septic system inspected on a regular basis.

If you need to know more about septic system inspections, here are the answers to three frequently asked questions.

1. When Should Homeowners Get a Septic Inspection?

For homeowners that don't remember when their septic system was last inspected, it's probably time to have it done. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the septic system should be inspected at least every three years.

Those who are selling their home need to have an inspection because they are required by law to disclose problems with their septic system. Those who are buying a home should also get the septic system inspected. This will ensure that the buyer disclosed problems with the septic system and also reduces the chance of future problems with the septic system.

Some states require Title Five inspections whenever there is a transfer of property. Homeowners that are remodeling their home should also get their septic system inspected. An inspection will ensure the septic system can meet the demands of an increased workload.

2. What Is Involved in a Septic System Inspection?

Homeowners should only get an inspection by a septic service professional. A professional will either do a visual inspection or a full inspection. During a visual inspection, the septic service professional will get certain information from the homeowner, such as the age of the home, how often the septic system gets pumped, and the date of the last inspection. The inspector will also run the water and ensure the drainfield is clear of standing water.

During a full inspection, a septic service professional will do the following:

  • Check the water level in the septic tank
  • Run the water
  • Perform a dye test
  • Monitor the drainfield for backflow

Homeowners will receive a septic certification to prove an inspection took place.

3. What Are the Benefits of Getting a Septic System Inspection?

There are many benefits of getting a septic system inspection. For example, problems with the septic system are detected early, which helps to reduce the chances of emergency septic system situations. Additionally, repairs following an inspection will improve the efficiency of the septic system. An inspections can also make the home easier to sell. One more important benefit of a septic system inspection is that it will help to keep your family healthy.

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