Septic systems fall outside the scope of a home inspection. However, upon request, we will gladly perform a limited general evaluation of the system. This entails: 1) visually evaluating above-ground and accessible components and removing above-ground access covers 2) for conventional systems, introducing tracing dye and running 150 to 200 gallons of water through the system 3) evaluating the home for leaks, slow drains, & backups and 4) walking the drain field to look for surfacing effluent.5) providing you a professional report. We will also obtain septic installation records with maps (if available) and provide them to you.
It is important to remember that this service is not a "septic inspection". The septic system is underground. To truly inspect the septic components, pumping the tank(s), digging, and probing is required. We do not dig for septic covers, locate tanks, measure sludge, probe the drain field, map the system, etc.. We provide a general visual assessment as to the function of the system on the day of inspection during the limited time we have access to the property. Because much of the system is hidden, there still could be deficiencies even if no problems are found during our evaluation. Our evaluation is only for clients in a real estate transaction who simply want a basic assessment and who plan on getting a thorough septic inspection by a full-time septic professional at a later date.