Real Estate Inspections, Due Diligence Inspections and Assessments
- Inspection and assessment of the septic system / waste water treatment system for property owners to determine the location and condition of system components as well as provide recommendations for proactive component replacement, repair or upgrade in advance of a real estate transaction or as a due diligence measure
- Comprehensive inspection of property and septic system components for:
- Component locations – includes accessing and opening tank lid(s)
- Camera inspection of accessible sections of the discharge pipe leaving the septic tank, leaching field header/distribution box and accessible sections of the leaching tile
- Approximate setback distance to structures, wells, reservoirs, surface water and property lines
- Approximate tank(s) dimensions
- Appropriate fixture connections
- Design flow calculations based on current OBC
- Any overt signs of system or component malfunction
- Verification of system functionality through:
- Loading Test – verifies the system’s ability to accommodate normal and simulated peak waste water flows (e.g. laundry, bath, toilets)
- Tracer Dye Test – assists in identifying or verifying existing fixture connections and system malfunctions (i.e. if dye reaches the ground surface or is found elsewhere on the property such as in the sump, well or cistern)
- We provide clients with information and education regarding:
- Septic system characteristics
- Proper owner use, care and maintenance of the system
- Water conservation
- Future uses of the property to avoid negatively impacting the septic system (future construction, renovations, change of use, landscaping, etc)
- Recommendations for replacement, repair or upgrades to proactively and cost-effectively improve system performance and longevity
- The final peer-reviewed report outlines site-specific background information, site observations, and recommendations for operation and maintenance, replacement, repairs and upgrades
- Our inspectors and peer-reviewers have Building Code Identification Numbers (BCIN#) and have experience in defect recognition, investigation of malfunctioning systems, and detailed knowledge of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) relating to septic systems
Our depth of experience in inspecting, operating and maintaining septic systems/waste water treatment systems can provide tremendous value to our clients in evaluating the existing waste water treatment process and reviewing previous operation and maintenance records and sample results in order to assist in determining if changes or adjustments to the treatment process or maintenance activities could help improve system performance while economizing operating budget.
Operation and Maintenance Manual Review
Operation and maintenance manuals are crucial in allowing the owner and/or operator of the system to efficiently, economically and confidently maintain the system to ensure regulatory compliance, system longevity and optimal performance.
Durham Septic Tank Service can assist in reviewing any existing operation and maintenance manuals and any other documents related to the system, including certificate of approvals, permit applications, drawings, manufacturer literature, etc.
Durham Septic Tank Service can provide recommendations for further development or revisions to the existing operation and maintenance manual to reflect the current regulatory changes related to system ownership and management responsibilities, and to assist the system’s owner in budgeting for ongoing operational costs.