Top 5 things to remember when selling a home on septic system

Top 5 things to know about selling a home on septic

GET IT DONE AS SOON AS YOU LIST IT
(or even a little bit before)

If you live in Arizona and are selling a house right now, that baby will be sold faster than you know it. Our Arizona real estate market is one of the hottest, according to National Mortgage News, it’s number 3 in the nation! 

With that being said, the ADEQ Septic Inspection Report is good for SIX months from the date of service before it expires. Odds that you won’t sell your home in that time are slim to none! (If it expires, you can give us a call and we will do a re-inspect quickly and recommend one of our favorite realtors to get the job DONE!  Ok we kid, but really…we know some awesome ones!)

Show your prospective buyers that you have your Sh*t together (see what we did there…) and present them with a FUNCTIONAL, ADEQ Report of Inspection. It can really put your buyer’s mind at ease, as many times, this will be their first time living on a septic system.

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

Just because the septic system doesn’t appear to have issues from inside of the house, many times there is another story going on underground! Don’t wait for that inspection til the last minute because if there are bigger repairs or replacements that need to happen with the system, they may require a permit from the County and right now those are hovering around a 30-60 day approval wait time.

Common issues that produce a NOT FUNCTIONAL report: root infiltration, tank corrosion, disposal field drainage failure, the system is underneath un-permitted structures

root removal septic tank

THE SEPTIC TANK MUST BE PUMPED AS PART OF THE INSPECTION 

Many times we will ADEQ inspection reports from other companies that have somehow justified that the septic tank didn’t need to be pumped as part of the inspection. UNTRUE, in most circumstances. The only time it is ok not to pump the tank is if there is no solids or floating material inside of the septic tank. In other words, if it is just water and the inspector can see all working parts of the system – fine, but 99% of septic systems inspected are not in this category.

septic tank pumping

THERE IS NO QUICK-FIX FOR A FAILING DISPOSAL FIELD

When a disposal field is not taking water on properly through the water load test, further discovery work will need to be completed to determine the issue that is causing the slow flow. If it is determined that the seepage pit or trenches/leach bed is bad, a new one will need to be installed. This DOES REQUIRE a permit from the County. It is called an Alteration permit. Pouring ANY, I mean ANY kind of acid treatment into these systems is not only illegal, but it is extremely bad for the soil and environment of the soil for a large area around the disposal field, as water is a carrier for that acid treatment. It will kill trees and cause issues for the soil. You will end up spending a generous amount of money for a fix that is not only illegal but also temporary…if it even works!

THE 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.

Tanya Wilson

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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