Well and Septic Inspections
When buying a rural property you’ll need to understand how you’ll be getting water and how sewage from the home will be handled.
Water in some situations is trucked in to a holding tank. Some properties tap into a communal well/water system. Many have their own well. When you make an offer to purchase, have your Real Estate Agent ask for information on the water supply and if possible get a recent flow certificate if the well is on the property. Your water needs may vary from the people currently living on the property. If there is a well on the property and for an additional fee, your Inspector can test the water system to ensure you’ll have at least minimal flow of no less than 4 gallons per minute at the time of inspection. We typically will run the water for between 30 and 45 minutes to a total of about 150 gallons, observing for variations in flow, discolouration, dirt, odours etc. We will check the components of the water system within the home. We will not pull a submersible pump from the well casing. We will also check the proximity of the well to the Septic Field (see below). The Inspectors findings will be included in your Home Inspection Report. Our service is much less expensive than having a well company check this for you but will not be as thorough as such a company would provide. If our testing indicates a problem, we will suggest you have a well company investigate further.
Sewage from a rural home typically runs to some sort of “Septic System”. In most cases this system consists of a tank which is connected to a “leaching field”. There may be a pump that pushes liquids from the tank to the field if the field is higher than the tank. If the field is lower than the tank the liquids may run by gravity. If there is a septic system on the property and for an additional fee, your Inspector can test the system to check for “normal” function. Normal function would mean that during the test there would be no back-up into the home and no bleed-out at the field. The lid of the tank if accessible and not frozen in place or covered with dirt, would be opened so the Inspector can observe conditions within the tank. Solids in the tank should be removed typically every 1-2 years depending on the number of occupants of the home and the size of the system. If solids are excessively high in the tank, they can move out to the field and block or damage the laterals.
The system would be “stressed” by the water testing discussed above. The water flowing out of the home will be dyed so that if there is any bleed-out, we would know that it came from our test. Our testing is not as expensive as having a Septic Specialist would perform, but it is also not as technically exhaustive. The findings of the Inspector will be included in your Home Inspection Report. If we observe irregularities in our testing, we will likely suggest that a septic specialist be called to check further.
These 2 Services can be purchased separately or together at a savings. Ask for our pricing when booking your Home Inspection appointment. Call for Calgary & area: 403-244-3034