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Why You Must Inspect the Septic Tank Before You Buy a House

close up on three septic tanks for domestic wastewater treatment

One thing you must do before you buy a house is get a professional septic tank inspection. Don’t just assume everything is fine down there because the house has everything you’ve dreamed of getting.

One thing you won’t want after moving in is an expensive septic tank problem. Therefore, spend a little time and money, and get a professional’s opinion about the health of your drainpipes and septic system from the folks at Septic Service Pro.

It’s not that expensive, and through the use of a fiber-optic camera hooked to an extendable, flexible cable much like the scope doctors use, they can see tree roots and other damage in the pipes and tank. A simple inspection will put you in the driver’s seat during the price negotiations because you know what’s going on down there.

To ensure you have all the information, here are a few tips.

Asking the Seller Won’t Necessarily Cut It, But It Could Help

Although it’s a good idea to discuss everything about the home with the seller, whether that’s the real estate agent or the previous owner, they’re not likely to reveal everything even if they know it, And with a septic tank or drainpipe issue, they might not be aware of any issues.

On the other hand, you can ask for maintenance and cleaning records. Plus, ask when did they install the septic tank. If it has been 25 or more years, it might need a replacement very soon.

Do a Visual Inspection of the Backyard & Drain Field

You don’t have to be an expert to know if there’s standing water over the septic tank in an otherwise dry area. You could have an issue.

You can start by following your nose. If there’s a foul odor in the backyard, it could be the septic system. And, it’s like they say, “The grass grows greenest over the septic tank,” —especially when it needs to be drained or is leaking.

Inside, flush the toilet a few times, and if the water is slow to go down or gurgling sounds are coming from the pipes, it could point to an issue.

Get a Professional Drainpipe Camera Inspection

You shouldn’t consider a septic tank inspection as an unnecessary expense when thinking about buying a house. The plumbing professionals at Septic Service Pro conduct these inspections regularly for buyers, sellers and real estate agents. When hiring a professional plumber to inspect before purchasing, the real estate agent or seller could pay part of the costs if they are eager to sell.

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Cumming Office

562 Lakeland Plaza, Suite 202
Cumming, GA 30040

Buford Office

6295 Holly Court
Buford, GA 30518

Phone: (678) 899-6457

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Jim is a true professional who worked with me over months to identify and correct septic field problems. His positive attitude and helpful discussion in resolving issues is the best I found.


Mike and Shane came out and did an outstanding job on replacing our septic pump. Same day service - and they came out on a Friday evening! Mother's day would not have been very happy if they didn't save the day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


We had our septic tank pumped and baffle tee replaced. The guys were on time, respectful and quick. They cleaned up very well after the job and even fluffed our pine straw to perfection!! We'd recommend these guys without hesitation.


Michael and Shane did an awesome job. Had to pump the septic,install a new baffle tee and tail out line. Very little yard displaced. Will definitely use Septic Service Pro again. Very pleased.


We live in Dawsonville. The crew that came out was very professional. The company owner explained to me the value and the many details about the septic that I did not know, that is why I chose them in the first place. Excellent service. R.McGary


Jim and his crew installed a new leech field for us quickly and professionally at a very reasonable cost. They handled all of the permitting and inspections and completed the work in a timely manner. Would recommend them to anyone.


Michael and assistant pointed out a leaking toilet that I didn't know I had (saved me $ there!). They also disturbed very little of the yard to get to the tank. Not the super cheapest but no hard upsell when they got here. Very pleased.


The team was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable and FAST to arrive. The bill was extremely reasonable for the work needed to be done. I would HIGHLY recommend Septic Service Pro.


These guys were amazing. Jim and Mike came when they said they would, did the job, explained everything they did. Very courteous,and professional. I am a handicapped person and felt extremely comfortable with them at my home. Thank you!!!!!


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Cumming, GA 30040

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