Getting a Septic Inspection

Your offer was accepted, now its time to do your due diligence to make sure that everything is functioning the way that it should.  Most people know that they should get a home inspection, but may not realize that the septic is a different inspection process all together.

This inspection is certainly not one to skip. A septic inspection can let you know how the system is performing and if there things that should be addressed. With new systems upwards of $10,000-$12,000 and more depending  on the situation, a problem here could be very expensive.

Even if you are on public sewer you might be surprised to know that you may be responsible for the lines running from the house to the main sewer line. Broken or clogged pipes can lead to an awful mess and thousands of dollars in damage and repairs.

What does a septic inspection cost?


Just like everything this is a hard question to answer with a specific dollar amount. A typical inspection will cost anywhere between $300 and $600. depending on the size of the home location and other factors this cost can vary.

Not all inspectors are the same, When you are looking for a septic inspector ask about their qualifications, and certifications. Check them out just like you would any other professional that you are going to hire.

What should You expect from your inspector?

A good inspector will be able to:

  • Provide you with a written report  about what they found during the inspection.
  • Teach you about the system, how to prolong its life and basic system maintenance items.
  • Use an accepted grading system when evaluating the septic system. Not a personal grading system that only they use.

Even if the disclosures say that the system in "new" or only a couple years old it is still a good idea to have an inspection performed. Things happen and you never know until you check, how well the system is functioning. Best practice is to not have the tank pumped before the inspection although a good inspector should be able to still do a thorough inspection.

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