What is Included in Your Limited Septic Inspection

Jonathan Dooley Inspecting Water Line


I do an operating inspection, which examines the accessible and visible parts of the system such as the tank lids, cleanout ports, control box, pumps, effluent level inside the tank. I determine whether it is functioning as intended or it needs further evaluation and repair by a licensed septic installer. I produce a report of the system’s current condition that determines whether, in my opinion, the system’s operation is acceptable or unacceptable. I do not address the life expectancy or the code compliance with all state or county ordinances. I do not excavate to locate lids or tanks. If a more comprehensive inspection is desired, additional testing can be done by a septic specialist.

Summary of Common System Problems I Have Encountered:
  • Leaky Tank
  • Broken Pump or Broken Lines
  • Surfacing Sewage
  • Clogged Pipes
  • Location of Field Lines Too Close to Water Well Head

System Research is another service that I can provide as part of your Limited Septic Inspection. We should gather local permits, the county soil survey, a homeowner interview, land survey that shows the location of tanks and lines.

Things I Try to Check and Report on During the Inspection:
  • Type of System (Aerobic, Conventional, Pressure Dos)
  • Note of any Grey Water Systems (Laundry)
  • Effluent Level in tanks
  • Signs of cracks in tank, lid or baffles
  • Evaluation of absorption area or field lines

I disclaim any warranty, either expressed or implied, arising from the inspection of the onsite wastewater treatment system or the report. My evaluation does not ascertain the impact the system is having on the groundwater.