PSA: Septic Tank Inspections… all you need to know!!!
Who do I call for a thorough septic inspection? A septic company that is licensed to install and repair septic systems. I do not recommend calling a company that does not repair, install and pump tanks on a daily basis. As those who do this on a daily basis have experienced or seen issues with systems that are uncommon to the eye of those that do not do this on a regular basis. (Like going to a Chinese restaurant to eat Mexican food. I’m betting those results will not be what you are looking for. Who does that anyway? Why would you spend your money on paying a company to do an inspection when they deal very little with septic systems in general?)
Steps to a septic inspection:
2nd – sign and email over all documents required
3rd – the paying party or someone representing you must be onsite the entire time of the inspection. Payment is made at the time of service.
4th- A report of the inspection will be emailed over to you only in 24 business hours from the day of service.
The scheduling process takes about 30 minutes by phone to discuss everything that will take place during the inspection, gather all information and explain what is required by the paying party. All inspections are scheduled only by the party responsible for paying. Why you ask? Great question!! Because there are a number of things that could change the price of the inspection. To discuss issues that could happen and cause the inspection to not be completed. You will then be emailed a docusign agreement that reiterates everything discussed over the phone. You will also need to get with your realtor or the county environmentalist to get a copy of the plat that the county has on file of your septic system. Both agreement and plat need to be emailed back to us 24 hours prior to your appointment or the appointment will be cancelled. As these documents are vital to us to be able to complete our job.
What steps are done during a septic inspection?
1. Our employee will call you prior to going to the job location. Please make sure you answer the phone as with any of our jobs we will not go onto the premises without your consent.
2. Make sure you or someone representing you is onsite during the entire time of the inspection.
3. Our driver will park the pump truck at the closest point of access to the tank on a driveway or road. As we will not drive our trucks on the grass due to the weight of the truck.
4. Our driver will locate the tank, and hand dig up to 2ft to get access to the lid of the tank. And begin the inspection. (This is all completed contingent as to no problems with location, system etc.)
5. Our staff will then load his material back on the truck, receive payment and leave.
6. Once he returns to the office at the end of his day he will complete inspection and discuss anything concerning with the owner.
7. Office staff keys everything into system within 24 hours of day of service and emails paperwork to you.
Things to take into consideration before scheduling septic inspection:
If home being inspected has been vacant and the system has not been in use, we can not give an accurate reading on field lines.
Septic Inspections are only valid for the day of inspection. We can not warranty an inspection of a system as anything can happen from the time of inspection to the next day. (ex. a dump truck drove over field lines crushing them.)…. (Another example- A realtor pays for inspection, the sale falls through, another buyer comes along 3 months later. This inspection is not valid. As septic system/field lines do not last forever)….. (Homeowner decides to take the house off market and make additional improvements to list the home again later. One additional improvement was to build a large patio off the back of the house. Problem is they poured the concrete over the septic tank itself and during the process of the concrete getting poured the driver drove over the field lines crushing them.)
We could do examples all day and still not discuss every case we have experienced.
Give us a call if you need a septic tank inspection! 🙂