When buying a property that is served by a septic system the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recommends that all interested purchasers secure a septic system inspection to ward off any costly repairs or liabilities following a real estate transaction.
New Jersey has established an inspection protocol, so it is encouraged to review the protocol before inspecting. This guidance titled, “Technical Guidance for Inspections of Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems” is a key document in the Onsite Wastewater Management Program.
What have a septic system inspected?
Inspections are important because they determine if a system is currently functioning properly and can help to determine if the system will suit long term needs, such as future additions, plans for decks, swimming areas and other construction projects.
If you are planning to renovate a home with a septic system and are unsure of it’s location and condition, you should consider securing an inspection before proceeding. Heavy machinery and certain construction materials such as paint and solvents can inadvertently damage a septic system or alter its performance. Finally, all homeowners thinking about buying a septic system should know that proper care begins setting with establishing a maintenance schedule and understanding what can and cannot be discharged into a septic system.