Septic Inspections

What is a Septic System?

Your septic system is an on-site treatment and disposal system buried in the ground. A septic system consists of a septic tank and a soil absorption area.

 

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What is a Septic Inspection?

A full septic inspection includes locating and assessing the major components of the septic system such as access points, treatment tank, cesspool and/or seepage beds. 

A Kingfisher septic inspection specifically includes locating the septic tank and weeping tile field, manually excavating access to the components, uncovering and inspecting the tank from the access hatches, and photographing the tank interior and test holes dug in the weeping tile field. Following the inspection, the test area is restored to its prior state.

Kingfisher Home Inspections offers septic inspections from April to November inclusive. 

Comprehensive written reports, including high resolution digital photographs of the findings, are delivered online.

Why do I need a Septic Inspection?

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Replacing a septic system on a rural property is one of the most expensive refurbishments a homeowner can face.

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If you are looking to purchase a rural home, it is crucial that you have a full septic inspection completed by a qualified professional to help avoid costly repairs or maintenance. A thorough septic system inspection will tell you whether or not the tank, and drain field are in good working order. If they are not, the evaluation can tell you what will need to be done to restore the system, and how much that is likely to cost. A septic inspection will also help you become familiar with this vital home system and feel more confident about your property choice.

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Because full septic system inspections require specialized training, they are not included within the scope of work of a general home inspection. However, you can purchase the two together as a bundle with Kingfisher, and even add a WETT inspection.

How long does a Septic Inspection take? 

Aprox. 3 hours

If there is no permit documentation and the components are difficult to locate, they can take up to 5 hours. Buyers are encouraged to acquire the permit documents, which will allow the inspection to go faster. The day of the inspection is too late to do that.

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