Selling Your Home? Don’t Forget The Septic Inspection

More than 85% of homebuyers who want a mortgage want a home inspection as well (U.S. General Accounting Office). This is always a good idea, because homes must meet a number of requirements before they can be eligible to sell.

If your home has a septic system, a septic inspection is just as important to ensure your home is ready to go on the market.


Your Septic System Is Complex

A septic system provides a special plumbing solution to homes that aren’t served by municipal facilities. The plumbing system that is connected to a septic tank works just like a residential plumbing system but instead of flushing waste water into municipal pipes, the waste water is stored and treated in an underground tank.

Liquid and solid waste are separated in the tank, and the solid waste will begin to decompose. Remaining waste will then settle at the bottom of the tank, and another compartment inside the tank promotes additional settling and decomposition.

The water that remains after the settling will leave the tank and go into the drainfield, a combination of pipes buried into the ground next to the tank. Holes in the pipes allow waste to go through a layer of gravel and then receive a final cleaning treatment. This is when the treated water can finally go back into the water table and be reused in the septic system.

Your septic system will need regular maintenance because it accumulates so much solid waste over a given amount of time. A septic tank needs to be pumped every three to five years. The drainfield can become too full and can cause property damage if the system doesn’t receive regular pumping.

What to Do When It’s Time to Sell

A septic inspection is both necessary while you are living in your home and when you decide to sell. A septic inspection will tell you how full the tank is, how well the system is functioning and if anything needs to be done to improve the overall system.

It’s important to provide the future buyers of your home with an accurate assessment of the septic system so they can feel comfortable about buying your home. This helps to avoid a conflict of interest, as you are responsible for disclosing any known problems to potential buyers. You can negotiate the cost of any necessary repairs with the buyers before closing.

A septic inspection must be performed by a qualified professional. Many states require inspectors to be licensed (or registered) and trained.

A qualified septic service professional will:

• Give you an estimate on the cost of any needed repairs
• Provide a reliable inspection certification for home sale
• Identify uncommon problems and provide helpful solutions
• Bring all the proper equipment to get the job done
• Complete the job quickly and safely

Paradise Septic can provide you with a reliable septic inspection and certification at a great price. We have proudly served the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas since 1958, providing cost-effective solutions to meet your septic system needs. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and get your home ready to sell.


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