More than 26% of residential homes in Pennsylvania rely on septic tank systems to filter out wastewater from their properties. 

While septic tanks perform essential functions for homes, many buyers and sellers tend to overlook the integrity and functioning of their septic tank system before completing a home transaction. 

Depending on the severity of a septic tank issue, repairs can cost you thousands of dollars–not to mention the potential health concerns that could arise from an overflowing septic tank. 

Mountain to Valley Home Inspections’ team of technicians is certified by the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association for residential septic tank inspection. We can provide you with an honest assessment of your septic tank system, including future issues to look out for. 

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Why Perform a Septic Tank Inspection Before Buying and Selling a Home?

In homes with septic systems, homeowners are fully responsible for filtering and disposing of their own wastewater, as well as for maintaining and repairing their septic tank system.

Unfortunately, homes with septic tank systems are often located in rural areas with well water systems, too. If backed-up wastewater enters your well-drinking system, it could significantly risk your family’s health.

Performing a septic tank inspection can identify any issues and maintenance steps you can take to repair your septic tank before the issue compounds. Septic tank repairs can cost thousands of dollars if not properly repaired.

Common Septic Tank Issues

Unfortunately, most homeowners tend to ignore septic tank maintenance, which can quickly lead to costly issues. The most common issues that affect septic tanks include:

  • Clogged filters
  • Corroded pipes
  • Tree roots that clog and bend pipes
  • Overfilled tanks (typically resulting from excessive water usage)

Our septic tank experts can diagnose these issues and provide you with easy solutions to get your septic tank working properly and keep your drinking water safe.

What is a PSMA Certified Inspector?

Our team of technicians is PSMA-certified, meaning they are trained to understand how on-lot systems work, why they fail, and how to recognize impending malfunctions.

They are also taught how to examine a septic tank to ensure the baffles and popes are correctly placed and functioning. All inspectors must pass a certification exam to obtain a PSMA Certification.

How PSMA Inspections Work

PSMA septic tank inspections evaluate every component of your septic tank from the ground up.

When a PSMA Inspector checks out a septic system:

  • He/she will examine the system’s various parts to ensure all necessary components are in place and in good shape.
  • Estimate your water usage.
  • Look for water ponded in the absorption field.
  • Evaluate other evidence that may signal a system that may soon fail or need extensive maintenance or replacement.

These PSMA inspection procedures have been developed in cooperation with Pennsylvania State University, SEOs, and other industry professionals.

The Commonwealth courts, County courts, and Local courts have recognized them as the industry standard during proceedings regarding real-estate inspection issues. In sum, this inspection will give you the most comprehensive report on the state of your septic tank.

For more information about PSMA/NOF inspections, visit the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association website.

If you’re interested in a septic tank inspection for a future home or your existing home, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Contact us for an inspection before a listing, during the home-buying process, or if you suspect something is wrong with your property.

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