In order for your inspection to go as smoothly as possible, please have these items available:

  1. – Septic permit
  2. – Location of the tank clearly marked
  3. – History of past pumping and a seller’s disclosure
  4. – Knowledge of any obstructions to the tank (i.e. landscaping, underground wires and lines etc.)

Septic Scopes

We are able to perform all three of the below- listed scopes and recommend you review all three to determine which is best for your needs.

General Scope Information

The standard Scope B will be performed unless otherwise requested before the inspection. While it is recommended that we uncover the tank, it is not always possible because of location, depth, or budget.

Unless otherwise noted, the following steps will be observed:

  1. Obtain and review septic permit -Examine main waste line and building sewer
  2. Probe building’s sewer, tank, D box, and leach field
  3. Observe setbacks
  4. Uncover lid/s and pump tank
  5. Inspect processing and performance, tank, and inlet and outlet
  6. Stress the system
  7. Dye test if standing or running water is observed
  8. Make assessment of potential non- permitted dumping of system

List of Inspection Scopes:

Inspection Scope: A (Optimal)

This inspection is the most thorough of the three and involves pumping the tank prior to the assessment. We will coordinate with the pumping company to examine the tank after pumping.

Inspection Scope: B (Standard)
This inspection will be conducted without pumping, however, the tank lid will be excavated and readily accessible components will be assessed.
Inspection Scope: C (Limited)
This inspection will follow the same protocol as A and B except that the tank will not be pumped or excavated. Further assessment may be required at a later date.

Septic Systems 101: What is a Septic System?

General Maintenance and Inspection Considerations 

This is not a septic system evaluation as evaluations imply future performance. This is only an assessment to determine if any further evaluation is needed for real-estate transfer repairs. This report in no way warrants the future worth or performance of the system inspected. Only an excavation inspection will give a description of the system design, layout, condition, and materials. Only an inspection using a sound locator or camera can definitively determine the location of the septic leach field and is not included in this assessment. Our assessment assumes that perk tests, suitable soil elevations, setbacks, and compliance with permitting requirements have been met. If in doubt, these conditions should be investigated by the concerned parties.

Minimum distance requirements from the well to the septic tank, leach field and/or system have not been measured and will not be considered by the inspector as part of the assessment. A layout or design of the system must be provided to streamline the inspection process.

The inspector is licensed by the state of North Carolina. Although there is currently no licensing requirement in South Carolina, the North Carolina standards of practice will be observed by Building Sciences 16:3 regardless of location. However, while in South Carolina, we will consider the differences in installation and customs.

You are paying for our expertise and documentation of deficiencies as well as potential recommendation of further assessment when limitations are present. Findings that expose limitations in the system or conditions that prevent further discovery such as: obstructions, a tank that is difficult to discover, or no permit from DEH for review will be recorded in the report. The scope of the report will include, in part, the discovery and definition of these limitations to the inspection. In case of limitations, the inspection may be considered concluded and will not provide a definitive view of the systems inspected.

The inspector cannot comment on the future integrity of any system, especially one that is tested in a vacant dwelling. This is a large limitation to the inspector’s ability to evaluate and we recommend considering re-evaluating after six months of occupancy. If the number of occupants increases, the system will be under additional stress and the test of time will determine its future integrity.

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