Know Your Water Systems Are Clean & Safe With CUFHI Well & Septic Tank Inspections
Here in the U.S., it’s easy to take our water systems for granted, but the moment there’s a problem, we realize just how important these systems are. Think about all the water you use in your home — from the water used to flush the toilet or wash a load of laundry, to the water used to cook your favorite pasta or make a cup of comforting chamomile tea. Water is everything, and we’re lucky to have it easily accessible and flowing to and from our home, without any effort on our part.
But the convenience of water depends heavily on the condition of our septic systems and wells. To keep everything working as it should, it’s important that these systems be periodically inspected and maintained — and these inspections are especially important when purchasing a home. Knowing the condition of the septic system and well prior to closing can save you a lot of money and heartache, and the team here at Call Us First Home INspection can help.
Having a well on your property is a real blessing that can make it easy to enjoy safe drinking water. But wells need to be periodically inspected for safety and performance, and inspected prior to purchasing a home as well. During a well inspection, we check the accessible areas of the system, looking for any concerns or issues. We’ll do all the following:
- locate the well
- take a water sample to the health department
- evaluate the wellhead, sealed cap, and system components
- ensure appropriate height above ground and distance from septic system
- inspect for damage or needed repairs
Afterwards, we’ll provide you with a full report of our findings, including brand of the pressure tank and the results of the water sample test.
How often should you have your well inspected?
Wells should be inspected at least once a year and prior to purchasing a home. By making well inspections an annual part of your home maintenance, you’ll be able to drink water with confidence, knowing it won’t cause any health issues. You’ll also know your well is operating as it should and be made aware of needed repairs sooner rather than later — which is key to prolonging the service life of your well. By scheduling an inspection prior to purchasing a home, you’ll know of any repairs that need to be made or any issues with the well that need to be addressed, so you can have things taken care of prior to closing or work costs into your negotiations.
Septic Tank Inspections
The septic system of the home is particularly important, and when things aren’t right, life really stinks! This system is responsible for receiving, treating, and disposing of wastewater, and separating solids and breaking them down in the tank. We carefully evaluate the septic tank and make sure everything is as it should be. Some of the things we check include these:
- visually inspect the system
- ensure that the tank isn’t located close to wells and streams
- measure the sludge level and make sure the water level stays consistent in the system
- ensure the system is appropriately sized for the home
- inspect for any leaks that could allow wastewater to make its way to the ground surface or allow groundwater to enter the tank
- check for cracks in lids
Within 24 hours of our inspection, we’ll provide you with a full report that details the following:
- the location of the tank & any related public records
- the type of septic system
- any findings regarding sludge, damage, backup, odors, or other concerns
- any maintenance recommendations
How often should you have your septic tank inspected?
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors recommends that the septic system be inspected at least once a year and prior to purchasing a home. The system will need to be periodically pumped to get rid of sludge, and by scheduling an inspection every year, you’ll know whether there’s enough sludge accumulation to warrant pumping, or if you can wait a little bit longer. By scheduling prior to buying a home, you’ll know if there are any costly repairs that need to me made or if any issues need to be investigated before you close on the home.
We’re Proud To Provide Dependable & Thorough Inspections To Oklahoma City & The Neighboring Communities
Are you in need of a reliable, thorough, and licensed well and septic tank inspector? Call Us First Home INspection is the company to call. We offer custom pricing, thorough inspections, timely reports, and dependable, customer-centric service six days a week. Call 405-640-0406 or request an appointment online today to get started.