Septic Inspection

An on-lot wastewater treatment system, or "septic system", may be the most expensive single component of your new home. Therefore, it is important that you know its condition before you buy.

A Septic Inspection provides you with information about the septic system components and current operating conditions. Inspection results are based on the experience and expertise of a knowledgeable inspector, information provided by the current owner of the property and observable conditions at the time of the inspection. Each inspection results in a septic system report that states:
  • the type and condition of the system and its components,
  • unsatisfactory conditions in the system and any need for additional testing,
  • list of corrective measures or next steps, if any are needed.
Allied Inspection Services, Inc. is a member of the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA). All of our septic inspections are performed in strict conformance to the PSMA's Inspection Standards by PSMA-certified inspectors. These Standards have been described by Commonwealth Court as the "Industry Standard" for on-lot system inspection.

A Septic Inspection provides you with valuable information about the present condition of the system, however it is not a warranty or guarantee that the system will function properly for any period of time in the future.

Further Reading:

The Inspection Process
Types of On-lot Treatment Systems
Special Conditions (vacancy, etc.)
Hydraulic Load Test FAQ
The Dye Test Myth
PADEP Homeowner's Guide
Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA)
PSMA On-lot Wastewater Treatment Inspection vs. A Regulatory Inspection (PDF)
EPA: A homeowner's guide to septic systems
What Consumers Are Saying About Us
I could not have been more pleased with the home inspection process and the thoroughness of the inspector. Matt was very pleasant, very knowledgable, and very patient and thorough in his explanations throughout the inspection as well as in response to individual questions. His report was easy to understand and the entire home inspection process was an enlightening and enjoyable experience. Matt helped me to feel comfortable during the inspection and as I am a first-time home buyer, he understood my reservations and put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a home inspection.
First Time Buyer