Septic System Inspection & Reports

Our certified technicians will perform a thorough testing to assess your entire septic system’s health.

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Your septic system is one of the most important items in your home to keep well maintained and up to date on inspections.

There are many reasons your septic system might need to be inspected by a qualified professional, from freezing in winter to selling your home. However, you want to make sure that your septic system is inspected properly and that all performed maintenance addresses what is covered in your inspection.

At SepTech Canada, our inspections are done properly and thoroughly with appropriate repair and maintenance recommendations that address what is covered in the inspection. When you join our proprietary Client Care System, SepTech Canada maintains these reports so you’ll always have access to them and any maintenance performed. We will answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about your septic system.

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Protecting your property

Inspections are an important part of maintaining your septic system and your first line of defence in preventing issues. Our goal is to address potential problems that can lead to blockages and sewage leaking back into your home, damaging your property and causing serious health and environmental risks.

Often, a yearly inspection can prevent emergency services, costly repair, or full system replacements. We can typically restore your system back to optimal performance and function, if we can fix the problem early on. Our assessments and recommendations address only the services you need – we will never try to sell you a replacement or repair that is not necessary.

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What is a Septic System Inspection?

A septic system inspection checks the integrity and condition of your septic system. When getting your septic system inspected, you’ll want to ensure that the company checks the entire system and not just the tank, the tank is only one part of the system.

Types of Septic System Inspections

Visual inspection – During a visual inspection, inspectors examine the presence of cesspools, standing water, and the state of the drain field. While these assessments are swift and informative, they may not provide a comprehensive view of your septic tank’s health and safety.

Full inspection – A full septic system inspection is a comprehensive assessment of all components of a septic system to determine its condition, functionality, and whether any maintenance or repairs are needed.It goes beyond a simple visual inspection and involves a detailed evaluation of the entire system, including a septic tank inspection, drainfield, piping and connections, septic tank alarm, system efficiency, flow test, and more.

A septic system inspection should check:

  • The condition and size of the tank
  • A full assessment of drain field area
  • Any landscaping or grading concerns that may influence system operation
  • Any concerns regarding sizing of the system compared to occupancy of the home
  • The condition of mechanical and plumbing equipment, alarms, etc. including testing and analysis of their performance

A proper inspection of your system needs to cover the entirety of the system including what the anticipated occupancy and potential future occupancy of your home is, and whether or not your existing system can handle the usage. Inspectors will check every aspect of the system and provide any recommendations for maintenance, repair, or part replacement.

The symptoms of a failed or failing septic system can vary from mild signs of age to much more serious issues requiring immediate attention. Often, the problem can be identified and qualified early enough to have it repaired. Inspection of your septic system is a surefire way to stay on top of potentially devastating issues.

SepTech Canada offers confidential on-site assessment for all residential septic systems.

Septic System
Testing and Assessing

Our certified technicians will inspect your entire septic system, perform thorough testing to assess the entire system’s health. This includes the septic tank, drain field, and discharge as well as testing equipment such as pumps, filters, floats, and alarms.

A full inspection is a complete on-site analysis and report that would detect potential issues with the septic system. When we perform a full inspection, we also check the absorption area, the liquid levels in the tank, and water flow. With a full inspection, we can catch issues before they become major problems — and a major financial burden!

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Septic System
Inspection Reports

SepTech Canada certified technicians provide extensive written reports for clients and homeowners on all aspects of the septic system assessment.

This includes, but is not limited to, descriptions of size, capacity, condition, and code compatibility/comparison. All reports include any recommendations without obligation. As a client or homeowner, properly maintaining your septic systems means more than letting the professionals do the work. We want you to feel confident that you understand the procedure and the results. When you create a file with us, SepTech Canada holds onto these reports so you’ll always have access to the septic inspection reports and any maintenance performed!

How to Book a Septic System Inspection

Contact us to book your inspection! Inspections are typically booked and performed within one week of the initial call. We have 24/7 emergency service and are prepared to answer any questions you may have about your septic system. SepTech Canada offers the highest quality solutions to septic system issues. If you need an inspection or maintenance, just call: (780) 640-1518 or contact us below.

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Man draining septic tankWhen Do You Need a
Septic Inspection?

Rather than getting an inspection once things start to feel or look wrong, you should be getting an annual inspection of your entire system. Some provinces require annual septic assessments by qualified technicians for insurance purposes. These inspections can alert homeowners to conditions that could lead to big problems while there is still time to resolve them. Testing of floats and alarms can help ensure you’re protected if and when things like pump failures happen in the future, preventing backups into the home, flooding, and damage to your home. Your septic alarm is your first line of defence against damage to your home and septic system, and it needs to be checked regularly.

Septic drainfields typically have a lifespan of around 20-25 years, depending upon the soil, type of system, and its construction. Annual inspections can alert homeowners to problems in the soil while they can still be repaired or remediated, allowing systems to operate indefinitely, instead of requiring costly replacement due to the system aging out. Many people aren’t aware that their drainfields can be repaired rather than an entire system replacement, so an annual inspection can save your family tens of thousands. This can include jetting and clearing out of clogged lines and often requires remediation of the soil, which is typically what leads to the lines getting clogged in the first place. The final reason to get your septic system inspected is if you’re noticing something doesn’t seem right. If your system is starting to freeze up over the winter, and this is a new development, that is typically a sign that something is starting to go wrong. This could be a plumbing or mechanical issue, could indicate a problem developing in the soil, or any number of other factors that cause your septic system to freeze. Our inspector will assess the situation and can recommend remedies to prevent freeze ups next winter.

Septic inspections when buying a home

If you’re buying a home that has a septic system for wastewater, it is important to book an inspection before proceeding with the sale. Sometimes, a home can be in amazing condition, yet the house fails the septic inspection. Replacing or remediating a septic system is incredibly costly, and getting a septic inspection can greatly help with negotiations.

It’s important to get a septic system inspection before buying or selling rural property. Before you list your property, we can tell you what a septic inspection by the buyer is likely to determine. This allows you as the vendor/seller to address these issues before they cause an offer to fall apart or result in a costly hold-back. Having the septic system inspection conducted before listing allows you to price your property accordingly as well as add that the system is in perfect condition to your sales pitch.

Couple looking at home during sunsetWhen you’re buying a rural property, we can assess the condition of the system, letting you know the info you need to budget for anticipated repairs and maintenance, or if things may need to be replaced before the problems become your own. Getting the septic system inspected before you buy can help you make an informed decision about the property, for if the system is beyond repair, you could be looking at $60k in replacement costs.

Septic inspections are typically outside the scope of a home inspection. This is because home inspectors are not qualified to determine the state and quality of such an intricate and specialized system. As experts in the septic industry, our technicians will be able to provide a full septic inspection to give you a full scope of understanding.


Man opening septic drain coverHow Much Does a Septic System Inspection Cost?

Typically, septic system inspections cost between $249 and $899. The cost depends on how much information about your system is needed, and whether a detailed report is needed to satisfy bank requirements for financing of a rural property.

Sometimes when we start an assessment, we find the system to be completely beyond repair. In that case, If you get annual inspections from SepTech Canada, the information about your system, maintenance records, and historical data is saved, meaning we don’t need to take as much time in information collection for subsequent inspections.

Some clients opt for our “walk and talk” inspection option, this allows you to tag along with our certified inspector and discuss items that are noted, hear any recommendations, and get an education as to how your system operates (or how it SHOULD operate). This option allows you to proactively take steps as the homeowner, getting the same results but without producing paperwork that may be unnecessary. After an inspection, many homeowners have additional questions that come up after mulling on the report.

We offer phone support, advice, and recommendations after the inspection is completed, so you’ll never need to worry about being handed an inspection report and left to figure it out on your own. Once you become a client, we are there to support you and help you address any and all of your septic concerns.

The Risks of a Septic Inspection Without an Expert

Simply put, all septic system inspections should be done by a septic system professional. While a home inspector can complete an inspection on your property, they are not trained or knowledgeable about completing a septic system inspection. 

Conducting a septic inspection without the involvement of an expert or professional can be risky and may lead to several potential problems and consequences, including:

  • Incomplete Assessment – Without the expertise of a septic professional, you may not be able to thoroughly assess all aspects of the septic system. This can result in missed issues or a lack of understanding about the system’s overall condition.
  • Inaccurate Diagnosis – Misinterpreting the signs of septic system problems can lead to incorrect diagnoses. You might misidentify minor issues as major ones or vice versa, potentially wasting time and money on unnecessary repairs.
  • Safety Hazards – Septic systems can contain harmful gases, bacteria, and pathogens. Without proper training and safety equipment, inspecting a septic system can pose health risks to individuals who may come into contact with these hazards.
  • Environmental Damage – Improper handling of septic system components or neglecting necessary maintenance can lead to environmental contamination. Leaking sewage can pollute groundwater, soil, and nearby water bodies, causing harm to the environment and public health.
  • Property Value Impact – An inaccurate assessment or undisclosed septic issues can affect the value of your property. If you plan to sell your home, an undetected or poorly addressed septic problem can lead to lower offers from potential buyers.
  • Costly Repairs – If you misdiagnose a septic problem or fail to address minor issues promptly, they can escalate into more significant and costly repairs over time. Regular inspections by experts can catch problems early, preventing them from becoming major issues.
  • System Failure – Ultimately, if a septic system is not properly inspected, maintained, or repaired, it may fail, leading to sewage backups, health hazards, and significant repair or replacement costs.

What Do I Do After a Septic Inspection?

Once you have a completed inspection, you’ll want to compare and contrast your system and its operation to both the current codes/standard of practice, as well as comparing current operation with intended operation of the original system design. Our goal is to make sure things are working properly. As long as your system worked at some point, we can typically return it to that state of performance and function — in most cases without recommending system replacement.

Although it would be great if all septic inspections showed the system was in perfect working order, this is often not the case. Some inspections will determine that there are some components that need to be repaired or replaced. You can book your maintenance with SepTech Canada to ensure that everything covered in the inspection is addressed in the maintenance call. You can contact us directly to book your maintenance appointment! Once you work with us, we will also send out maintenance reminders letting you know your system is due for annual service.

Our maintenance appointments involve the repair and maintenance of existing pumps, alarms and their related floats, mechanical repairs to the plumbing components in the septic tank, in the drainfield, and if/when required, even replacement of delivery lines. We have freeze prevention options that can be permanently installed to ensure that lines that froze this year will not freeze next year. What sets SepTech Canada apart is we have the unique ability to repair the soil from organic failure — the main cause of system failure for over 95% of septic systems. By remediating the soil in and around the drainfield, we can restore function to systems that are aged at or even beyond their normal service life, bringing them back to full, normal function and keeping them there for the long term. We don’t do “Band Aid solutions,” everything we do, we stand behind 100%.

“… dealing with an old septic tank… SepTech saved me 30K …

Needed a second septic inspection fast and these guys delivered for a house purchase. The first guys I used didn’t do a through job and gave a very poor report, just boiler plate. Knew I was dealing with an old septic tank and needed a good company to review it. In the end SepTech saved me 30K. Will use again if I need a septic inspection.

SepTech Customer | Jas Dugal

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