The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that the average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional. Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year, EPA says.
If you’re thinking about selling your home and you have a septic system, Samson Septic & Excavating strongly advises you to get your system inspected before you list your property for sale – if you don’t, and there’s a problem with your system, it could delay closing on a sale.
The law requires that a septic system meet current code before your municipality will issue a certificate of occupancy. Codes are updated continually, and you’ll sidestep a lot of headaches if you arrange for an inspection in advance, and make any necessary updates before you start dealing with prospective buyers. Once you accept an offer, your purchase and sale contract will, by law, mandate a septic inspection to determine whether the septic is functioning properly, and whether it meets code.
For example, recent code updates establish new requirements for the effluent filter, and for bringing the tank lid or access cover level with the ground, where it is visible and easily accessible. An advance inspection will divulge any areas where you’re not in compliance, and it will be less stressful if you address them before you’re under the time constraints of a purchase and sale contract, and overwhelmed with deadlines you must meet.
If you don’t inspect in advance, and the required septic inspection finds issues, you must then address them within the time period specified in your contract. And you will not be able to close the deal until the necessary septic work is completed.
Even among customers who’ve had no problems with their systems, once those systems are inspected as part of a purchase and sale agreement, we’ve found that more than half end up replacing their systems anyway. A common occurrence: The seller has a cesspool that has always worked – but it’s still not to code, and to transfer title it must be replaced with a code-conforming septic system.
The law requires a solid waste holding tank and an absorption area, and the outside perimeter of that drain field/leach field at any point must be a minimum of 100 feet from your well or any neighboring well.
An inspection by Samson Septic & Excavating will tell the tale. And if your system doesn’t meet code requirements, we can help you bring it up to code – quickly and expertly.
Contact us today to learn more.