While septic inspections for real estate transactions are not required in the state of New Hampshire, most lenders do require an evaluation of the septic system as part of the home inspection process. Because there is no law, there are no established rules governing a septic evaluation. This means – legally – anybody can inspect a septic system and provide some kind of report.
At Maznek Septic Service, we are certified septic evaluators. Granite State Onsite Wastewater Association (GSOWA) is an organization of septic haulers, designers and installers. Their septic evaluator certification program is recognized by the NHDES as the gold standard of septic evaluation procedures in New Hampshire. At some point, septic evaluators may need to be licensed. Most likely, the state will use GSDI standards.
But for now, lenders, agents and home buyers alike should know what components are covered in the evaluation, and also the qualifications of the person inspecting a septic system for a real estate transaction. A real estate inspection report from Maznek Septic Service will include:
- location of tank and Effluent Disbursement Area (EDA)
- inspection of all mechanical components
- manual inspection of tank, D-box, and EDA
- site condition evaluation/photos
- written report with recommendations
Sellers can also benefit from a septic evaluation. A few hundred dollars can save homeowners thousands of dollars – and possibly a lost opportunity to sell their home – by being proactive in knowing the condition of their septic system. They can choose to address any issues that may come up during a potential buyer’s home inspection.
An evaluation for a real estate transaction is different than the inspections we provide routinely for our pumping customers.
At Maznek Septic, we specialize in prevention and maintenance of septic systems because with 20 years’ experience in septic design and construction, we know it’s cheaper to maintain a healthy septic system than it is to replace a broken one!