Are real estate inspections necessary?

If you are purchasing a property with a septic system, the answer is most likely yes. Not only do most mortgage companies require that septic systems be inspected prior to closing, most counties in the State of Colorado also require an inspection before the sale of real estate can be completed. As of October 2021, these counties include Boulder, Larimer, Jefferson, and Adams, as well as other counties across the state. Make sure to check the transfer-of-title inspection requirements with your local county. However, even if your county does not require a septic inspection, most conscientious buyers want the septic system inspected anyways for peace of mind that it is working properly. This is because a replacement system could cost you thousands of dollars!

How do I choose the right septic company for the inspection?

When you are in need of a septic inspection, it's important to hire a reputable, qualified, experienced, and knowledgeable professional that completes a thorough inspection. Due to the risk of damage to your property, the groundwater, and your personal health, it is extremely important that your septic system is always functioning properly.

Many companies in the industry will offer "walk-over" inspections. However, in our professional opinion, a "walk-over" inspection is not recommended because it's usually not thorough enough. Again, the purpose of an inspection is to make sure the septic system is functioning properly. Whenever you are hiring an inspector, be sure to ask who is doing the actual inspection of the septic and their credentials. Just because they have done a lot of inspections doesn't necessarily mean that they are thorough and knowledgeable.

Our Northern Colorado septic company is proud to be certified by the National Association of Wastewater Technicians (NAWT), making us the ideal choice for your septic system inspection. Our expert technicians are highly-qualified, experienced, knowledgeable, and will complete a thorough inspection of your septic system.

What we do during a septic system inspection:

  1. Inspect the inside/integrity of the tank--walls, inlet and outlet Tee pipes. Tank must be pumped out as a part of the inspection so that lower walls and the floor of the tank can be inspected for cracks or other defects.

  2. Calculate the holding capacity of the tank.

  3. Activate the pump and high water alarm (if applicable).

  4. Check the flow of water through the inlet from house to tank.

  5. Add water to all disposal fields to ensure fields are taking on water sufficiently.

  6. Inspect ground surface in the absorption area.

  7. Check inspection ports in drain fields if applicable.

  8. Inspect for gray water discharge.

  9. Make sure the absorption area is the appropriate distance from well.

  10. Make a sketch of the system.

  11. Provide a written report after the inspection.

  12. Submit title transfer paperwork to the county (if applicable).

If you live in Boulder, Adams, Weld, Jefferson, or Larimer County, we would be more than happy to thoroughly inspect the septic system on your new property! Give us a call at (303) 720-0401 or contact us on our website to schedule your real estate septic inspection today.