Septic System Inspection
Most lenders and buyers want to know the working status of an onsite septic or wastewater treatment system during the home buying option period, before closing on a property. This is often managed or assisted by a local real estate agent or office. But did you know that there is no local regulation that requires an inspection of a septic system to be performed by a licensed or certified inspector?
Some home inspectors attempt to perform wastewater treatment inspections by merely flushing the toilet and running some water, maybe even adding dye. In most cases, this method is not even close to an accurate indication of the workability or condition of the septic system and can often miss a broken tank, clogged lateral lines, inoperable aerobic pump system, etc.
Our inspectors are Oklahoma DEQ licensed installers and certified inspectors, and have years of experience in the installation and inspection of all types of conventional and aerobic wastewater systems.
Types of Inspections
There are several types of septic or wastewater system inspections — which type a property needs is determined the type of system and by the inspector. Common inspection points include:
Locating the tank and actually opening it for inspection
Checking liquid level for backup or leaks
Dividing wall is present and in good condition
Checking condition of tank (corrosion, cracks, roots, etc.)
Liquid level reaction when wastewater in introduced to system
Check for backflow from absorption area
For aerobic wastewater systems (common in Northeast Oklahoma), we also check:
Control Box system, breaker and alarms
Aerator Pump operation
Tank inspection including water and waste levels, chlorine level, and tank structure
Effluent Level and Operation (including pump, screen and sprayer operation)
We will provide a thorough inspection report every time, usually the same day as the inspection. If the home has been part of our regular maintenance contract, we can also provide copies of past system installation and inspection records.
We work with real estate agencies on a regular basis to provide these inspection services and help avoid problems that come from unqualified inspections. The cost of these services will vary slightly depending on the system type. Septic inspections begin at $165 and may go up depending on distance driven.
Please give us a call at (918) 406-5620 for more information.