Many home buyers expect the home inspection company to evaluate the septic tank and leach field.
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Will a paid home inspector check out the septic tank of the house I am considering buying?

Septic Tank Inspections for Home Buyers

There are a number of reasons why the standard home inspection does not include a detailed inspection of septic systems. The article below gives insight into some of the problems a home inspector would run into if he or she attempted to inspect septic systems.

Only a specialist can thoroughly examine a septic tank system for tank integrity and leach field functionality

Often homebuyers, clients of home inspectors, wonder why a standard home inspection does not include a full inspection of the septic system. As a realtor, who has studied this issue, I can answer that question for you. The truth is that the home inspector is not equipped to do a septic inspection. This job needs to be done by specialists with equipment designed for working on septic systems.

Why can't the home inspector provide an opinion on the septic tank?

Below I have listed a few of the problems that take the septic inspection out of the realm of the standard home inspection.

So what plumbing items will a home inspector check?

It is noted that, the home inspector WILL, as is possible, assess the plumbing in the home, including checking for adequate water flow and functionality. Also, he or she will check the drainage at sinks, tubs and toilets. Toilet tanks, or faucets, that run constantly and will not shutoff are pointed out as deficiencies that can lead to overloading the septic system.

About the Author

This article was produced by the writing team of Eric Badgley & Angee Gardner; specializing in Lake Whatcom Real Estate and Bellingham Wa Real Estate, along with Bellingham Home Inspector. Making sure buyers are protected.