Getting a home ready to sell is no easy feat. From sprucing up paint to deep cleanings, it can seem like the items on your to-do list continually grow.
Many Washington homeowners wonder, however, should they add septic system pumping to that list? Well, not only should you plan on having your septic tank pumped before selling, in most Washington counties, such as King, Thurston, and Pierce, it’s a requirement.
Local governments have mandated that homes with septic systems must undergo septic tank pumping and maintenance before selling a home.
Thankfully, however, the process doesn’t have to be as complicated as it might seem.
When you work with professional septic system companies like All Septic & Sewer, you can feel confident that your septic tank and septic system will be in top-notch condition when you hand over the keys to the new owners.
What’s Involved With A Septic Tank Pumping & Inspection Before Selling A Home?
If you’re preparing to have your septic system pumped before closing on your home, the first thing you should do is check with your county’s government to find out what type of requirements are in place.
Most of the time, you’ll need to have a full inspection of your Washington septic system and pump out your tank. Even if it’s been less than three years since you last pumped your septic tank, it will need to be done again to sell.
When you hire a company like All Septic & Sewer, you can expect them to perform various tasks during their inspection, such as:
- Inspect your tank’s exterior appearance
- Analyze the overall integrity of your system’s pumps and baffles
- Open up the tank to look over its interior
- Evaluate your drain field’s flow and condition
Based on information collected during these examinations, prospective buyers may insist that additional repairs, replacements, or services occur before accepting a contract.
It’s also worth noting that many buyers will ask for septic inspections right before the sale. For this reason, it’s wise to wait until you have a possible buyer before setting up appointments to have your septic system pumped.
What Happens Before Your Septic Tank Inspection?
As the time approaches for you to have your septic system pumped, the first step in the process should always be finding a licensed septic and sewer company to oversee the process from start to finish. It’s crucial to ensure you’re working with a business that has all the proper licenses and certifications to perform your septic tank inspection, maintenance, and pumping.
Once you choose a Washington septic system company, such as All Septic & Sewer, they will ask you a series of questions about your septic system. They will need to gather information about things, such as the size of the tank, the number of people living in your home, and dates from your last septic tank pumping.
After they’ve collected this information, they’ll provide you a detailed price quote, and you’ll receive an estimated arrival time for your scheduled appointment.
Before the appointment arrives, however, your contractor or technicians will retrieve any drawings of your septic system that the local county health department has on file. These will provide an in-depth look at your system, which will help save you and the septic company time and money later on.
Understanding What Happens On The Day Of Your Inspection
So, you and your septic technicians finished all of the prerequisite work before your inspection. On the day of your appointment, one to two technicians will come to your home to perform the services.
The first step in the process is hooking your septic system up to their truck with various hoses. From there, they will begin pumping out your tank. Depending on the number of people living in your home and the size of the tank, this takes an average of 20-30 minutes.
While your tank is being pumped out, they will perform the other aspects of the inspection to look for any damages to your tank or drain field that needs repair.
Sending In Your Septic System Inspection Reports
To finalize your septic tank inspection, your technicians will file a completed ‘Report of System Status’ to your local health department.
This required form will include a general summary of everything completed on the day of your inspection and pumping, along with basic information about your septic system’s overall condition. The form also serves as confirmation that septic pumping was completed.
Please note – this report is mandatory in many Washington counties. Without it, the sale of your home can not proceed.
Learn More About Having Your Septic System Pumped Before Selling Your Home
As a homeowner, it’s essential to make sure all of your ducks are in a row when the time comes to sell your home – that includes finding out whether or not having your septic system pumped is a county requirement in your area.
In most cases, it is.
If you need to have your septic system inspected and pumped before closing, All Septic & Sewer has you covered. Our expert team of septic and sewer technicians has the knowledge required to streamline the process and provide the reliable results you need.
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