Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Septic Inspections


How long does a septic inspection take?

A normal septic inspection should take 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

Do I need to be at the home at the time of the septic inspection?

You do not have to be present, although we prefer that someone is there to allow us access. If we have a signed authorization we can get a lock box if necessary.

Do you document the septic inspection via video?

Yes. We have an inspection camera that allows us to see all of the internal condition of the system.

What is the difference between a septic inspection and a septic evaluation?

An inspection is a technical process, an evaluation is reserved for the cesspool.  Except for Cumberland County, NJ.  All septic evaluations are considered inspections and a report must be filed.

How long does it take to process a formal report?

It can take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours to review records and write a report.

How long does it take the Health Department to process the report?

The Health Department allow themselves 5 to 10 business days. Some counties mail the reports out which will add a few more days.

Can I choose the company that pumps the septic tank?

We have a list of qualified pumping companies. If there is a specific company you would like to use then you can let us know. Alternately, if there are specific pumping companies you DON'T want, we will not include them.

When do I pay for the services?

At the time of the inspection.

What happens if once evaluated a cesspool is found?

If a cesspool is found during a septic inspection for real estate transfer, generally, the county will require a new system be designed and installed and the cesspool will need to be abandoned.

Is pumping of the tank required at the time of the inspection?

Generally, yes, please refer to this blog post.