When you buy an existing home, you’ll learn that you have a period of time called “due diligence” in which to ascertain if the home’s condition meets with your approval. This is the time you have to be sure there aren’t any major repairs needed and that everything is functioning properly. A home inspector is generally hired to check out the home for you and give a report as to their findings. However, when it comes to the septic system, they usually do not perform in-depth septic inspections. For this, you should call a septic system professional.
The regular inspector will check to be sure the drains of the home flow freely and the toilets flush properly. However, they won’t tell you if the septic tank and drain field are in good condition or if it is time to have the septic tank serviced. Most people don’t want to have to pay for a septic pumping to take care of the previous owner’s waste and many sellers understand that they may need to have this done prior to closing to satisfy the buyer’s expectations.
Finding out there is a problem with the septic tank or drain field during the due diligence period can save you a ton of money. You’ll be able to renegotiate with the seller to get them to cover the repairs, so you don’t face this expenditure after closing. It can be challenging to deal with a major expense after putting much of your money into the down payment and closing costs. Septic inspections can help you avoid this scenario.
If you would like to schedule an inspection, give us a call at American Waste Septic. We regularly perform septic inspections for home buyers, we and will give you the peace of mind you need before making a final purchase.