Homeowners often bristle at the thought of septic compliance inspections in Prior Lake, MN because they appear to be a complicated legal matter. While this is frequently confusing and overwhelming, it also illustrates why you want professional assistance with anything involving septic systems. At Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services, we know the local regulations, and for us, this is a routine matter. These are the common questions we receive regarding this process so you can prepare for your septic compliance inspection.
What is a septic compliance inspection?
The septic compliance inspection is conducted to make sure your system meets state and local requirements. While it is not a guarantee of functionality, it will assure that your system is legal and that you will not face fines and penalties while using it.
After the inspection, you will receive a Certificate of Compliance (COC) or Notice of Non-Compliance (NON). When you receive the COC, you are good to go and can move forward from there. Receiving an NON means you must upgrade, repair or replace the septic system within the time frame indicated in the notice. The inspector describes the shortcomings in detail so you will know what to do to achieve compliance.
The previous homeowners disclosed that there is a septic system. Can I assume it is in compliance?
No. The disclosure only informs you of the location and general condition of the septic system. It can still be in disrepair or outdated enough to fail a compliance inspection. You will still need to hire a professional to inspect the system and issue the COC or NON.
When is the septic compliance inspection required?
It is normally required when property is transferred. Buyers, mortgage lenders or real estate agents may also require an inspection before authorizing a sale. If you decide to split your lot and add another house, you will have to secure an inspection of the septic system first. Depending on the results of the inspection, you may have to install a larger tank.
Complaints also require septic compliance inspections. If there are odors, or if your tank has failed enough times to make neighbors unhappy, you will likely need an inspection and money for future repairs.
What are the standards for compliance?
A working septic system must first be consistent with public health and safety standards. If there is a high likelihood of leaks, your system will fail. There must also be groundwater protection, since you do not want a septic system that poisons your neighbors. The inspector will also check whether it is an appropriate system for household demands that meets the requirements of the operating permit.
Vertical system requirements also figure into the inspection. These are requirements regarding separation from shoreland areas, food preparation businesses and lodging establishments. If your home is near any of these types of sites, prepare for that additional complication.
Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services performs septic compliance inspections in Prior Lake, MN. If you require assistance for this task, please call us to discuss this further.