Why you should have a septic system inspection before buying a home.
The importance of septic system inspection when buying new houses is an essential action to take. A septic inspection is a procedure when purchasing or selling a house and as for the buyer to hire an inspector to do the inspection. This will become one of the most important aspects of your new home. Septic inspections attribute to the property healthy and safe on harmful diseases. Rightfully speaking, inspections aren’t costly or time-consuming and it will be most regularly scheduled. But since you are here, you might have neglected to get septic inspections and that is why you should have a septic system inspected before buying a home.
How the Septic Tank System Works
Septic tank system starts with the sanitary pipe from the house, these pipes lead the wastewater to the septic tank. A septic tank is a large container made with concrete, fiberglass or plastic. The tank slowly breakdown solid wastes and have the liquid waste slowly get out of the tank via drain field.
As you can see, a lot is happening with a septic system. If the system is well designed, correctly installed and maintained, it should last for a long time but this isn’t always the case.
There are two types of septic system inspections:
Visual inspections – Starting with asking questions about the property and the house. Next, they will be checking the water pressure in the house by running the water and flushing all the toilets in the house. Following looking for cesspools, the state of septic tank covers, standing water, and the inspection of the drain field. This inspection can be done by you stating as what you see of the septic system.
Full detailed inspection – This is done by professionals and skilled experts who have the proper equipment and tools for the job. One of these full detailed inspections to have is a sewer scope inspection. A sewer scope inspection is used to determine the condition of a property’s sewer line. A video camera is inserted into the sewer line to determine the location and depth of any obstructions or problem areas such as holes, root intrusions, cracks, or separated pipes. Regardless of the age of home, a prudent buyer will have the sewer line inspected.
The buyer has the authority to verify the type of sewage system present on the property even if this information is provided in the MLS data sheet or Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement. Buyers should carefully review the Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement and any inspection reports available to determine if any of several potential environmental hazards may require further investigation.
For the seller anticipate the potential buyer’s concern about your septic system, and have a septic inspection and detailed report to show your septic is in good working order. While the buyer can still hire a septic inspector on their own, a detailed report provided by the seller may be sufficient to satisfy their concerns about the septic system failing.
A1 Septic Tank Service is providing septic system inspection, maintenance, care, and cleaning of the septic system. We suggest having it inspected every three to five years. The results of the inspection will determine if the tank needs to be “pumped”. Our expert technicians are available for sewer inspection. We check on the condition of sewer lines in a home before you are buying. You are welcome to call us for a sewer pipe inspection.
Our team has been providing the San Francisco Bay Area and its surrounding counties with the honest septic tank, grease trap, and sewer line services. Our success with our customers is solely due to us strive to be the best in the business.
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