What is a Septic Inspection?
Here is an inspection that most if not all property buyers overlook. Is the septic system working? How much life is left in the system? Is it large enough to handle your family's output? A septic inspection involves completing a blended Phase I & II inspection as per the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), the On-Site Sewage System Maintenance Inspections and Section 8.9 Operation and Maintenance of the Ontario Building Code (OBC). Unmaintained and/or failing systems can be very expensive to repair or replace, can degrade water supplies and reduce your property’s value.
The Inspector will locate system components and assess them for both functionality and performance. Note: Second To None Inspections Inc. does not pump out the septic tank, and strongly recommends that any septic tank(s) not be pumped until after the evaluation has been completed.
When the property is put on the market, a septic inspection will enhance the property’s value and avoid any liability issues that might result from a malfunctioning system after the sale. It is in the interest of a prospective buyer to insist that the septic system is inspected before they purchase the property if it has not been done recently.
A septic inspection could take anywhere from two to six hours to complete depending on which phase of the inspection is requested. All inspections are performed in accordance with the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) and these standards can be found at the following link: On‐Site Sewage System Maintenance Inspections and
https://www.oowa.org/business-directory-map/. The client is invited to participate in the inspection and to converse with the Inspector as the inspection progresses.