Septic system inspections are crucial to the well being of your home, and your wallet. By being aware of what your system entails, and the the condition of your system, a homeowner can be equipped with knowledge to maintain and sustain their system better. Although septic system inspections are not required for buying a home, it is highly encouraged. Below are some answers to common questions people have pertaining to septic system inspections.
WHY ARE SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTIONS NECESSARY?
One of the biggest expenses a new homeowner can incur is making upgrades to, or replacing, a septic system. This should be a factor in deciding whether or not the house should be purchased. Besides discovering any repairs recommended to be made to the existing septic system, there are also other benefits to septic inspections. The inspection will help you understand that specific property’s septic system, since every septic system can different. It is important to know the location, components, condition, age, and size of the system. Not understanding these criteria could lead to implications down the road. For instance, the buyer might have to fix or repair the system, or the system could not fit the usage levels of the buyer. Inspections will help new homeowners understand proper septic care in order to get the most life out of a septic system. Also, getting an inspection is one of the only times you can see the inner workings of the tank unless you suspect that something is wrong in the future.
WHY SKIPS IS BEST FOR SEPTIC INSPECTIONS?
In regards to choosing a company to do septic inspections, select a company that has a good reputation amongst its customers along with may years of experience. Skips Wastewater Services has 3 highly experienced inspectors that thoroughly inspect the septic system’s components, then share their findings onsite and in a detailed written report. These reports are often sent back to the paying party in the same business day. The experts at Skips will teach you about the system and how it works. Additionally, you’ll want to set up a septic pumping paired with a septic inspection. Skips Wastewater Services has the largest fleet of pump trucks in the State of Connecticut, making coordinating septic pumping with septic inspections easy. You’ll be able to book both services in one phone call.
WHY SHOULD YOU ALWAYS GET A TANK PUMPED AT AN INSPECTION?
We always suggest pumping out the septic tank at the time of the inspection, or else the findings will not be as thorough. An empty septic tank will fill up about two weeks after regular use, and the floor of the tank will not be visible likely within a day after the septic tank is pumped. Pumping out the septic tank at the time of inspection allows the inspectors to get a full view of the system and all of its components. A breif overview of what the septic inspector will do:
- Locate the septic tank
- Check for the tank style, size
- Check for any cracks, holes, deterioration
- Check usage levels and conditions of leaching system
- Report findings to customer
With the tank being full, or even partially full, inspectors would have no way to check for any holes, cracks or deterioration in the tank in areas that are covered with septage. Most tanks are made of concrete, which can become damaged by the corrosive gasses within the septic tank over the years. Damages can also be made to septic tanks by root intrusion. It is very common to find deterioration in septic tanks, especially if it is an older system. The bottom line: it is well-worth it to spend a little extra money at the time of the inspection on a pumping than to find out later that multi-thousand dollar repairs need to be made.
SKIP’S BEST PIECE OF HOME INSPECTION ADVICE?
“A septic system replacement is one of the costliest repairs a homeowner can incur, so skipping a septic system inspection when buying a home is not advised. Although not required, we strongly suggest pumping out the tank at the time of the septic inspection to properly check for any cracks, leaks, or deterioration in the septic tank. The extra dollars spent on the septic pumping could save you thousands if any issues are present.”
Are you buying a home in CT? Check out this blog from Redfin that has more expert inspection advice for homeowners.
HOW CAN YOU SET UP AN APPOINTMENT WITH SKIPS?
Skips Wastewater’s service area covers almost the whole State of Connecticut with some exceptions to certain areas of Litchfield and Fairfield counties. There are multiple, easy ways to set up an appointment with Skips. You can book online, by chat or over the phone. Our 4 full-time call center representatives would be happy to answer any questions or concerns about you upcoming septic inspection. We know buying or selling a home can be stressful, so we’re here to make things easier for you. Once you are booked you will receive text alert updates on upcoming appointments and will be sent a live link to track your technician once they are on the way to the property. Skips makes septic services easy from start to finish.