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Top 5 Things To Remember When Selling A Home On A Septic System

Top 5 Things To Remember When Selling A Home On A Septic System

GET THE ADEQ SEPTIC INSPECTION DONE AS SOON AS YOU LIST IT
(or even a little bit before)

If you’re selling a house in Arizona right now, chances are it’ll fly off the market. Our state’s real estate scene is sizzling—it’s ranked third in the nation by National Mortgage News!

Now, here’s a tip: the ADEQ Septic Inspection Report stays valid for a solid six months from its issue date. So, the odds of your home not selling within that timeframe? Slim to none! (But if it does expire, don’t sweat it—just give us a shout. We’ll re-inspect pronto and even hook you up with one of our top-notch realtors. Seriously, we know some incredible ones!)

It’s all about showing your potential buyers that you’ve got everything under control. Hand them a FUNCTIONAL ADEQ Report of Inspection. This document can really ease their minds, especially if it’s their first time dealing with a septic system

JUST BECAUSE THE TOILET FLUSHES FINE, DOESN’T MEAN THE SYSTEM IS FUNCTIONAL!

Just because everything seems fine with the septic system from inside the house, doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden issues underground! Waiting until the last minute for an inspection could reveal larger repairs or replacements needing county permits, which currently take 30-60 days for approval.

Common issues that lead to a ‘NOT FUNCTIONAL’ report include root infiltration, tank corrosion, drainage failure in the disposal field, and systems located under unpermitted structures.

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THE SEPTIC TANK MUST BE PUMPED AS PART OF THE ADEQ SEPTIC INSPECTION 

We often receive ADEQ inspection reports from other companies claiming the septic tank didn’t require pumping during the inspection. This is generally untrue. In most cases, pumping is necessary unless the tank contains only water without solids or floating material visible. Such cases are rare—approximately 99% of inspected septic systems require pumping.

THERE IS NO QUICK-FIX FOR A FAILING DISPOSAL FIELD

When a disposal field fails to absorb water properly during the load test, it indicates underlying issues that require further investigation. If problems with the seepage pit, trenches, or leach bed are found, replacing them becomes necessary. This process requires a County Alteration permit. Using any type of acid treatment in these systems is not just illegal—it’s harmful to the soil and surrounding environment. Acid can travel through water, damaging trees and soil over a large area. It’s a costly and temporary fix, if it works at all. Learn more about that in our recent blog.

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THE ADEQ SEPTIC REPORT TELLS EVERYTHING…LEARN WHAT IT MEANS

The ADEQ Report of Inspection is a very thorough report that will explain the entire health of the septic system, but I also know for the general public, it can seem like you are reading a sci-fi article or something in an unfamiliar language. That’s where Priority Pumping is here to help! We have recorded a video that walks you step by step, each line item at a time and we explain the entire report to you. 

Wanna look like a septic hero for your clients?? Watch this video: and be sure to sign up to get a FREE Septic System 411 Guide for your presentation folders for any clients that are on septic. Inside, you will be able to show them how the septic system works and the proper ways to maintain it.

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Tanya Wilson

Tanya Wilson is the owner and CEO of Priority Pumping. She loves the wastewater industry and all of the opportunities for consumer education.

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