Why Real Estate Inspections Should Include a Septic Checkup

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandAugust 20th, 2021

One of the most common defects of a home that a buyer finds out after the closing is a problem with the septic system. Unfortunately, few home inspection companies are equipped to check it out. Their inspection generally only goes as far as seeing how well water goes down the various drains in the home. Even if you ask the inspector to include the drain field and other septic system components, they probably won’t do a thorough job. Since a failing septic system can be costly, it makes sense that real estate inspections should include septic checkup, but if a potential buyer desires this, they will have to arrange for it separately by a septic professional.

Why Real Estate Inspections Should Include a Septic CheckupDuring the negotiations and inspection period, the buyer can and should ask when the system was last maintained and who performed the pump out. Once they know who has been taking care of the system, they can find out how regularly it has been done and if they are aware of any problems. Having a second company perform real estate inspections is never a waste of money when it saves a big headache later.

Another aspect of the real estate inspections is to get a timeline as to when certain aspects of a property will need replacing as they reach the end of their lifespan. Most buyers think about the air conditioning, roof and appliances, but fail to consider the septic system. It is also important to know the capacity of the system, especially if the buyer has a larger family than the home may have been designed for. Real estate inspections are designed to take the guess work out of buying a home, so it stands to reason the septic system should be part of that inspection process.


For real estate inspections in Lakeland FL, contact us at Southeastern Septic. Our owner, Shane Ray, has over 10 years of experience, and we are committed to providing quality service at affordable prices. Give us a call today!

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