Attention Real Estate Agents, Brokers, and Homeowners: Why Should You Get a Septic Inspection on Your System for a Real Estate Resale?

Most mortgage companies require that the septic tank system be inspected prior to closing. Conscientious buyers want the septic system inspected to know it's adequate and working properly. A replacement septic tank system could costs thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, in some areas, inspections for septic systems are not regulated by any governing authority, therefore anyone can claim to be a "septic inspector" and perform any kind of septic inspection.

The Only NAWT Certified Inspector in the Kansas City Area

It's important that one hires a reputable, qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable inspector that does a thorough detailed inspection. We are proud to be certified by the National Association of Wastewater Technicians. Find out what the inspection consists of. In our opinion, a "walk-over" inspection is not recommended because its usually not a thorough septic inspection.
Again, the purpose of a septic inspection is to make sure the septic system is functioning properly. Ask who is doing the actual inspection of the septic and their credentials. Just because they have done a lot of inspections doesn't necessarily mean that they are thorough and knowledgeable.

What we do during a septic system inspection:

  1. Inspect the inside/integrity of the tank--walls, inlet and outlet Tee pipes. Tank must be pumped out immediately prior to inspection so that lower walls and the floor of the tank can be inspected for cracks or other defects.
  2. Activate the pump and high water alarm (if applicable).
  3. Check the flow of water through tight line from house to tank.
  4. Add water to all disposal fields to ensure fields are taking on water sufficiently.
  5. Inspect ground suface of disposal fields.
  6. Check inspection ports in drain fields if applicable.
  7. Inspect for gray water discharge.
  8. Provide you a written report after the inspection.