Real Estate Inspections

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Real Estate Inspections2016-06-28T15:28:17+00:00

Septic system (On-Site Sewage Facility or OSSF) inspections/certifications are necessary to determine if a system is functional, a safety hazard or public health concern.  A thorough inspection can verify if the septic system is legally permitted or licensed according to state and local regulations, or if the system is appropriately sized for the current square footage and number of bedrooms.  Often a buyer may be considering an improvement such as a deck or pool or an addition to the residence.  The location or size of the septic system may impact whether improvements/additions are physically possible or feasible.

The credentials and experience of your inspector are very important.  Please check our link regarding licensing requirements, certifications, and credentials.  An inspector specializing only in septic or OSSFs is a must when a through assessment is required.  A qualified inspector can not only indentify if a problem exists, but quantify the problem and determine the proper course of action whether a repair or replacement is necessary.

Inspections may be required by a mortgage lender or broker, for conventional type loans, FHA loans, VA loans, or other agencies.  A smart buyer will also want an inspection to protect against costly repairs or replacement systems.  Repairs may range from a few hundred dollars to thousands.  Simple replacement systems may start at $15,000.00 and some may be as high as $35,000.00 to $50,000.00 on sites with limiting conditions.  In some cases structures, landscaping or other improvements may be destroyed or require removal.

OSSFs are assessed under the regulations which they were originally constructed.  Regulatory changes since construction can easily impact the feasibility of improvements or additions to the residence.  In many cases not only will the existing system require expansion but newer regulations may dictate that an entirely new system be constructed even though the existing system is functional.

During the inspection process it is necessary to pump and clean tanks in order to properly inspect the OSSF. It is not possible to perform an inspection without pumping the tank(s).  Tanks are full of sewage and cannot be inspected while full.  We will coordinate the pumping with the pumper of your choice or if desired, arrange the pump out for you.   Sarah Calvert Septic/Septex does not own pumping trucks or equipment.  This allows for selection of the least expensive pump company based upon multiple factors including location of the property.  Pumping is an additional expense above the cost of the inspection.  Please see FAQs for more information

Contact Sarah Calvert Septic/Septex at (512) 288-6738 or  for information about scheduling an inspection.

Top Twelve Reasons to Perform a Septic System (OSSF) Inspection:

  1. Replacement systems typically start at $15,000.00 and may be as high as $30,000.00 to $50,000.00 on sites with difficult access or severe conditions.
  2. Limited area on a site may prevent a new system from being installed.  In some cases structures may require downsizing to install a new system
  3. Imminent safety and health hazards are identified.  Recently a three year old child accidentally fell through an improperly secured lid into the tank and drowned.
  4. Determine permit and licensing compliance.  Non-compliant systems may be mandated without cause to be reconstructed. Non-compliance negatively impacts resale value.
  5. Sizing criteria for exiting or replacement systems may affect resale of property in the future.
  6. Many systems are legally mandated to have a service contract with a licensed maintenance provider and this contract must be on file with the local jurisdiction per their individual regulations.
  7. Certain systems have on-going maintenance requirements (even without a mandated service contract) to keep the system functional and prevent back-up of sewage into a residence.
  8. Long term operational costs for many systems are upwards of $1,000.00 per year exclusive of components with “wear and tear” that require routine replacement.  Individual components such as pump or compressors typically cost $1,200.00 to $2,000.00 to replace.
  9. Possible future improvements can destroy the existing system resulting in costly replacement.
  10. Landscaping, decks, pools, sprinkler systems or other desirable improvements to a property may be severely damaged or permanently removed during installation of a new system.
  11. Legal considerations with the local jurisdiction may be identified.  Transferring the existing license to the new owner’s name may be required, or in some cases the original permit requirements have not been met and a license to operate the system may not be available.

Learn where septic system components are located and how to operate and maintain a septic system on a daily basis as well as provide for long term maintenance and repair needs.