Professional Septic System Inspections by PSMA Certified Technicians

Real Estate Septic Inspections by John Kline Septic Services
Real Estate Inspections

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t give your septic system much thought until something goes wrong, and by then it’s often too late. Repairs can be costly, so if you’re buying or selling a home with a septic system, it’s a good idea to have it inspected to ensure that it’s functioning properly. The last thing you want is a backed up septic system just weeks before closing. 

If you’ve never had a home with a septic system before it’s important to know how things work. A septic system is installed if the property is not connected to public sewer. Most systems have three main parts: a treatment tank, distribution pipes and an absorption area, commonly called a drainfield. 
Waste is broken down in the treatment tank and solids sink to the bottom while liquids are pushed out into the drainfield. The drainfield is made up of stone and dirt where natural bacteria complete the waste treatment process. To maintain the system, the solid waste has to be pumped out of the treatment tank on a regular basis, we recommend every 2-3 years.

Our technicians are PSMA certified and licensed to complete septic inspections in Central Pa. We can provide you with a septic certification, a written document stating that an onsite sewage disposal system has been inspected and found to be in satisfactory condition according to current standards. We’ll identify the location, size and layout of your system and answer any questions you may have as a potential home buyer, or seller. We can also perform a routine pumping at the time of your inspection.

"Kyle was very helpful in answering questions and concerns on our new home's septic tank. He even came out and did the inspection! We look forward to continue doing business with John Kline Septic (just hopefully for routine stuff!)"
- Christine, Mount Joy, PA

Diagnostic Inspections or Site Visits

If you’ve had your septic tank pumped but things just don’t seem to be functioning properly, we’re happy to perform a diagnostic inspection or site visit for you. We’ll make sure everything is connected properly to determine if the problem is related to your septic system or there’s an issue with your plumbing. If the problem is septic related, our technicians will check for cracked pipes and the condition of the tees or baffles and other parts of your septic system. We can also measure the scum and sludge layers in your tank to determine if it needs to be pumped. 
Diagnostic Septic Inspections in Lancaster Pa
If your system includes a distribution box or pump, these will need to be checked too. We’ll make sure everything is working the way it should be, including your drainfield. Over time, a septic system that hasn’t been maintained properly can fail, so it’s important to make sure you have your septic tank pumped regularly. Although most systems can go 2-3 years between pumpings, some require more frequent maintenance.       

Now offering Hydraulic Load Tests!

If you're buying or selling a home that has been vacant, you may be required to have a hydraulic load test to make sure the septic system is still functioning properly. A hydraulic load test is used to determine if a septic system’s absorption area is able to handle a specified daily volume of waste water. If you need to schedule a test or you'd like more information, contact us today!
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