Septic System Inspection

Why should I have my septic system inspected?

The septic system is likely the single most expensive component of a home to replace. While having the septic system inspected does not warranty it, a Septic System Inspection can provide you with a good understanding of the size, age and condition of the system.

A septic system is designed according to factors such as the size of a home, the number of bedrooms and the number of plumbing fixtures. If these factors have changed since the septic was installed, the system might be undersized and overloaded.

A well-maintained septic system can last 25 years or longer. However, if the system has not been properly maintained, it can fail at any time.

What does a septic system inspection include?
  • Site Conditions
    • ensure proper setbacks from septic to wells, bodies of water and buildings
    • ensure runoff is not flooding septic system
  • Septic Tank and Bed
    • inspect physical condition of tank – presence of baffles and filter, water tightness
    • inspect fluid levels – high or low fluid levels can indicate a problem with the tank or bed
    • ensure tank is of adequate size
    • apply stress load of waste water to ensure septic bed is functioning properly
    • examine area around bed for sewage breakouts
Cottage Country Home Inspections understands how your septic system works and can assess the health of the system

Please note….

  • I am unable to perform inspection services within the Township of Lake of Bays.  As Deputy Chief Building Official for that township, it may be a conflict of interest to perform home inspections there.  However, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have or try to provide you with any information you need.  I apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Because of my position as Deputy CBO, availabilities for home inspections are limited.  However, I will do my best to accommodate you!