Septic 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 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 inspection include?

  • Interior Plumbing
    • confirm that waste disposal unit and sump pump are not draining into septic
    • check for leaky fixtures and faucets – these can add thousands of litres of water to the septic
    • ensure that all plumbing fixtures are hooked up to the septic system
  • 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

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Well and Septic Inspection

Cottage Country Home Inspections understands how your septic system works and can assess the health of the system.