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#407931 - 06/03/12 10:09 PM Septic tank inspection?
Real Ram Offline

Registered: 01/20/11
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Loc: DFW, TX
Is an ispector suppose to inspect the septic tank, or does a septic company do this?

#407960 - 06/04/12 12:12 PM Re: Septic tank inspection? [Re: Real Ram]
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Most home inspectors only perform a visual inspection which does not help with septic tanks. A septic company will open the tank and pump it dry to see if there are problems.
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#407968 - 06/04/12 02:22 PM Re: Septic tank inspection? [Re: Bigtoe]
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And some Septic Technicians are equipped to run one of those arthroscopic TV Cameras down the drain to inspect and identify the make-up and condition of the tank and leach field(s).

Otherwise, only Clark Kent can do it without getting really up close and personal.
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#407982 - 06/04/12 04:41 PM Re: Septic tank inspection? [Re: Real Ram]
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In my jurisdiction only a licensed septic inspector may perform these inspections.

As posted previously, licensed HOME inspectors cannot perform septic inspections.

Some septics must be dug up in order to inspect, so septic inspectors need to have equipement to do that-- sometimes backhoes. Also, some septics must be pumped in order to be "certified", so the inspector needs to be able to do that, too.

#410696 - 07/28/12 08:56 PM Re: Septic tank inspection? [Re: DueDiligence]
Dave23 Offline

Registered: 02/19/10
Posts: 164
Loc: New York
In our area the county takes care of the certification and keeps reserve in escrow until it passes, ( they run a dye test ) my current home had been vacant for a year before I bought it so they required us to live here for 30 days before they even ran the test and would ok it and release funds to seller. Probably go to vary greatly upon where you live.
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#426757 - 08/06/13 12:58 AM Re: Septic tank inspection? [Re: Real Ram]
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Registered: 07/17/13
Posts: 10
Loc: Canada
Septic tank is pumped at the time of inspection and home inspector only support a visual inspection. A septic tank company will open the tank and pump it dry to see if there is any problem then you can contact with home inspection.

Edited by spaul8809 (08/06/13 01:00 AM)

#426786 - 08/06/13 05:29 PM Re: Septic tank inspection? [Re: Real Ram]
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Some of our local Home Inspectors will also flush some phosphorescent dye down the toilet to see if it will evidence itself out in the yard, temporarily glowing faintly over the Leach Field (which it isn't supposed to do); sort of like a mini nuclear waste dump . . . . but just for a few hours.

That technique doesn't work so well during the winter when there's several feet of snow on the ground; but I've seen it appear when there's just a couple inches. Makes the back yard look kinda tasty . . . . like a giant lime green slurppie; but you probably wouldn't want to sample it, regardless of how attractive it might appear.

Around here, you're much more likely to have a failed leach field than a problem with the concrete or fibreglas septic tank. The mean water table may have been fine at the time of installation, but drainage patterns will often change and the water table may rise in a wetter than average year . . . . plus people from the city tend to put all kinds of junk down the drain that will clog things up and/or kill the beneficial bacteria . . . . like garbage disposals used to excess (which are really incompatible with septic systems anyway), Draino; bacon fat, Pampers, bleach, sanitary napkins, more Draino, cooking oil, ammonia, motor oil, condoms, and then more Draino. They need to go back to the City; where municipal sewage treatment facilities are prepared to deal with almost anything ?
Dale C. Hittle of GOLDEN RULE PROPERTIES in Glover, Vermont
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