Like most homeowners, you’re likely not giving much thought to your septic system until there’s a problem. Unfortunately, by then it is often too late. Septic repairs can be expensive, so if you’re selling your home or in the market to buy, it’s important to have your septic system inspected to ensure it’s functioning properly. The last thing you want to happen is an unexpected septic issue weeks before closing the deal.
How often should you have your septic system inspected?
Experts suggest having a septic system insp´ction performed every three years. However, most homeowners never have their septic system inspected until there’s a glaring issue.
This means that homeowners only schedule an inspection when the toilet backs up, water takes too long to drain, or there’s a septic system leakage. Having a septic system inspection performed every three years can eliminate these unexpected problems. Three years is also the maximum duration you should let your septic system go without being pumped.
Problems discovered during an inspection can save you tons of money from having an expensive septic system replaced. If you plan on selling or buying a new home, it is especially important to keep a well-maintained septic system. During closing, a certified inspection will need to be performed, and the last thing you want is a last minute septic issue.
Is the home seller or buyer required to get an inspection?
The party responsible for completing an inspection is determined by where you live. Unlike other states, Pennsylvania does not require the home seller to have a septic system inspection prior to the sale of the property. However, the buyer can opt to have an inspection performed prior to closing. Make sure to consult your realtor regarding your obligations.
Is the seller required to fix any septic problems?
The obligation to pay for any septic repairs usually falls on the seller of the home. However, septic system repairs required after inspection are usually negotiable. Contract terms typically outline the course of action, but sellers may have the option to perform the repairs themselves, splitting repair costs with the buyer, or giving the buyer a closing credit that is equal to the repair costs. If an agreement is not reached, the buyer has the legal right to walk away from the deal.
When purchasing a home with a private well, having a well inspection performed and checking the quality of the drinking water is critical. Prior to the inspection, you should obtain a copy of the well’s log or record, which will contain information on the history of the well and ground surrounding the well. Contractors are required to file well logs with their respective states upon completion of new well projects. However, well owners should also keep a copy and maintain their own log in the event the well needs serviced.
MCJ Home Inspection LLC can provide an inspection of the well components and report whether or not the integral parts of your well are operating properly. The well inspection also includes checking the condition of the well casing and well cap. An above ground well cap should be checked for tightness to make sure debris or other contaminates can affect your well.