Our Inspections
     Septic Inspections

Flood Test Inspection 
Locate Septic Tank and Absorption System
Probing is the method used to determine tank and absorption system location.  If these components can’t be found manually, because of depth or unusual circumstance, we have a transmitter and receiver device which will allow us to locate the septic tank electronically.
Flooding of system
 Each home is flood tested to see how well a septic system can handle a significant amount of discharge in a relatively short period of time. This is done by running internal sources of water into septic system. Typically a flood test will take 40-50 minutes.  Volume of water will vary depending on type of water supply and septic system.
Dye Test
During flooding a colored dye is introduced into the septic system. It passes through the septic tank and into the septic absorption system. If colored fluid is present at ground surface or in waterways, a malfunction is occurring.
Plumbing Inspection
All visible and accessible waste plumbing is inspected to determine that it terminates into septic system.  Any notably leaky fixtures that may overload system will be addressed in comments and or recommendations section of report.
Septic Absorption System Inspection Absorption system type is noted (drain field, drywell, dosing system, etc.). System is probed and/or excavated to determine its condition. Dry stone indicates the system is functioning properly. Saturated stone, sludge or ponding typically indicates a malfunction.
Any adverse conditions will be noted with a recommendation for correction.  These could range from something as significant as a failing system to just simply redirecting a water softener discharge line.
If buyers or interested parties are present during the inspection process, they will be given a thorough explanation of all relevant components.  Also, an information packet will be included for future reference.  If these parties are not present, the information packet will be left behind, mailed or can be reviewed on our Education and Information Page. This button will take you there.
Open Tank Inspection 
(Includes flood test inspection and the following)
Open tank inspections give the most insight in trying to determine condition and longevity of septic system.
Septic Tank Inspection
Septic tank is excavated and inspected at the baffle end (assuming baffle end of tank is accessible). The baffle separates fluids form solids. If the baffle is non-functional or missing it is noted on the paperwork. Any other deficiencies, such as cracks in tank or lids are noted.  If septic tank is above operational level (over baffle) it is important to determine if outlet is blocked or absorption system is malfunctioning.  
Overview of Septic Inspections
We always recommend open tank septic inspections with core testing to be as thorough as possible, especially if home is vacant. Periods of vacancy may influence well and septic inspection results. Even new homes can have problems due to improper installation or damage during construction.  However, from our experience, flood test inspections can be reliable depending on the situation.
Well Inspections
We want you to know all about the way the well is constructed. We'll inform you of the type of well casing.  Pump type and pump location are also evaluated. 
Every well is evaluated for gallons per minute. We use factory calibrated equipment to make each determination.

Well Location
It's important to know to where each component of the well is located. The pump may be located in a well house, well pit, basement, crawl space or in the casing. 
Water Quality
Water quality is tested at an MDEQ certified water lab for bacteria and nitrates on a conventional loan. If you are purchasing with a government guaranteed loan nitrites and lead will be needed. In Michigan arsenic and other heavy metals may be prevalent in some areas. In addition, if home is located near an old gas station or dump site, further testing may be recommended.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CERTIFIED. Our inspectors are 7B (wood destroying insect) certified, and as such are qualified to perform wood destroying organism infestation reports.   These often are a requirement of government backed loans such as VA/FHA, Fanny Mae, etc... (Even If not required Pest Inspections are important to insure home is structurally sound).