Septic Inspections Before Buying

Why do a septic inspection before a home purchase?

Septic systems have a limited life, between 10-50 years, depending upon the soil conditions where the home is built.  Just like many other home components (roof, siding, driveway, etc.) a septic system occasionally requires replacement. Therefore, before buying a home, it is important to have the septic system inspected.  Inspections determine the condition of the septic tank; whether it requires replacing due to leaks or old age. An inspection can also detect if the fields (the largest component of a system) are currently working.  During an inspection the fields are intentionally given a large load of water. If the fields are clogged or operating poorly, it will be indicated during the testing.  Such conditions would suggest that field replacement should be considered.