Selling or Buying a Home on Septic? Schedule a Full Septic Inspection Today!
Do you own a home with a septic tank?
Are you trying to sell your home or are you buying a home with a septic system?
Not sure what the rules are for selling a home with a septic tank?
Selling a home takes a lot of work and can get complicated. We understand that most people won’t know all the rules even when it comes to one very important feature of the home: your septic tank. In Michigan, it’s hard to memorize these rules because they vary from county to county. In fact, Michigan is the only state without a uniform sanitary code. But don’t worry. We can lay all the information out for you so that you know exactly what to do with your septic system before you sell your home. Schedule a full septic inspection including pumping the tank at the time of inspection with LaChance Brothers Excavating.
County Septic Tank Regulations
Of the counties we typically serve, only two require septic tank inspections before you sell your home - Wayne and Washtenaw Counties.
In Wayne County, you’ll need to pump your septic tank along with an inspection. The inspection is good for six months, so this is something you can take care of before you list your home! This ordinance was initially passed in 1999. The intention is to protect the water supplies of the county and the state from failing sewage management.
In Washtenaw, the county also requires inspections before you sell a home with a septic system. These inspections are good for an entire year. Although it’s not expressly stated that you need to pump your tank for an inspection, it’s often much easier to do so. Like Wayne County, this program also started in 1999 with the goal of protecting our water.
Septic Tank Pumping Recommendations
In places where septic tank pumping and inspection isn’t required before selling, a buyer may still request to do it as part of their whole house inspection. In fact, if you’re buying a house with a septic system, we highly recommend an inspection and pumping to ensure you’re not inheriting a failing system.
Additionally, septic tanks do need to be regularly pumped. We recommend pumping a septic tank every 2-3 years. But the specifics of how many people are living in your home, how large your tank is, and other kinds of water use in your home can change the frequency you’ll need this service.
Whether you’re looking for an inspection to sell your home or you’re due for regular maintenance, give us a call for septic tank pumping for your Northville home. At LaChance Brothers Excavating, you get the experience of three generations of excavating and septic work from a family-owned business. Schedule a full septic inspection including pumping the tank at the time of inspection with LaChance Brothers Excavating. We can’t wait to work with you!