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If you are buying a home with a septic tank, you should consider having it inspected by a professional septic contractor. Our standard home inspection does not include this type of specialized, intrusive inspection. To properly inspect the system, the contractor will need to dig holes to access the underground parts of the system. This will include inspecting the tank, as well as the leach field.

It makes good sense to have the tank pumped at the time of this inspection. A professional septic contractor can perform both the inspection and pump the tank, killing two birds with one stone and assuring that you begin with an empty tank and a system that has been inspected. Often, you can negotiate with the seller to have them pay for the pumping.

Home Buyer's Guide to Septic Systems
Home Buyers Guide to Septic Systems Guidelines for home buyers purchasing properties
with private septic systems, text from CT Dept of Public Health.
www.inspect-ny.com/septic/buyguide.htm

Howstuffworks "How Sewer and Septic Systems Work"
Each time you flush the toilet or wash something down the sink's drain, you create
sewage (also known in polite society as wastewater).
people.howstuffworks.com/sewer.htm

How To Build A Septic System
We tell a careful homeowner how to build a septic system. All stages are covered
from site layout, getting permits, to final back filling.
www.eco-nomic.com/septic.htm

www.epa.gov/owm/septic/

Septic Systems A to Z Maintenance
Septic Systems and Their Maintenance. Thomas H. Miller. Proper design, installation,
and maintenance of your septic system will maximize your system's life. ...
www.agnr.umd.edu/users/wye/personel/Miller/septic.html -

Septic System Maintenance
Bacteria, which are naturally present in all septic systems, begin to digest ...
Septic systems cannot dispose of all the material that enters the system. ...
www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/housing/448-400/448-400.html -

Septic Tank and Drainfield Operation and Maintenance, from the MSU ...
Explains how septic systems work, how they should be laid out, how to know when
to pump the tank, and why septic systems fail. Also touches on additives.
www.montana.edu/wwwpb/pubs/mt9401.html

The Septic System Owner's Manual
The Septic System Owner's Manual is a straightforward, easy-to-understand,
non-scholarly book on small-scale residential wastewater disposal.
www.shelterpub.com/_shelter/ssom_book.html

Rural Home Technology: Septic System Troubleshooting Guide
Explains how the system functions and provides a flowchart to assist in identifying
problem and solution.
www.ruralhometech.com/septic/septic.php