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Preparing for Real Estate Inspections Involving Septic Systems

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandFebruary 7th, 2017

As a seller, you should provide as much accurate information as possible regarding the age of your septic system, its repair and service history, and the location and type of components in it. You might not know all these things, but the more you can provide, the more accurate the report will be, and less speculation will be involved.

real estate inspectionsSpeculation during real estate inspections can lead to worst-case warnings or guesses to a buyer. Often, they are intended not so much to protect the buyer but more to protect the actual inspector. If you are already aware of a problem, have the issue fixed right away. You don’t want a potential buyer seeing a wet drain field, or perhaps even falling into the tank.

If real estate inspections reveal evidence of a problem such as sewage backups, wet areas or odors, get a few repair estimates, as well as a reliable diagnosis of what the problem is. Repair costs can range from something as significant as replacing the entire system to something insignificant like unblocking a pipe.

Sellers shouldn’t try to conceal issues by having their tanks pumped before real estate inspections. Doing so will only provide a short-term solution – maybe a day or just a few hours. What’s more, this may constitute an illegal or fraudulent act. Obviously, if a failing tank needs pumping because you can’t flush toilets, then go ahead, but be sure to inform all parties involved.

At Southeastern Septic LLC, we offer a full range of residential and commercial septic services in the Lakeland area of Florida, including green swamp and real estate inspections. Please contact us for more information.