We have lived in our current house for almost nine years. We have the septic pumped every 1-2 years and have never had any problem. The previous owners installed a new septic before we moved in, but we don't know exactly when it was installed.
We have an accepted offer on our house and the inspection turned up a problem with the septic. The inspector said that he thinks the absorption system has failed based on the hydraulic load test he conducted. He said it could also be that a lateral is clogged and needs to be cleared.
The in and out take baffles are not there, they may never have been there or they may have fallen off, we don't know.
Hopefully this won't scare off the buyer, and we want to fix whatever we should fix, but we have a dilemma.
How do we know what the inspector is saying is true? How do we know if the results of his test point to a failure of an absorption field or something else? He doesn't do the work, but his brother could (two halves of the same company).
Would it be kosher for us to have someone else look at his report and give their advice as to what needs to be fixed? How do we know he is advising us to make the most financially conservative solution?
Any septic help would be greatly appreciated!!