Are you looking to buy a home in Sonoma County, or start that remodel on your Sonoma County home that you’ve always wanted? If you answer yes to one of these then we’ve got some info that will help walk you through the process of knowing the difference between a septic inspection vs. a findings report.
Why would I GET a septic inspection?
If you’re looking to finally get that dream home you’ve always wanted, or maybe just looking for an investment opportunity, a septic inspection should be one of the first things you obtain. A septic inspection will evaluate how well your septic system is working, or in some cases not working. Depending on the property in question, if you have a septic system that is not working properly, you could be in for some huge unforeseen costs in the future. So, if you’re looking to buy, and it’s in a rural area, get a septic inspection!
When would I NEED a finding report?
If you plan to modify a home that you’re looking to buy, or want to remodel your existing home, you’ll need to obtain permits. As a part of the permitting process, you’ll be required to provide an assessment report on the septic system; this assessment report is formally called a findings report. The findings reports are prepared by a Licensed Professional Engineer or Registered Health Specialist.
Depending on the level of modifications you intend to make to the property, your septic system will need to meet a certain level of classification. The findings reports will provide an opinion of the classification of the septic system; the County will review this information to verify the septic system complies with the level of improvements being made to the property.
If you do not have a proper classification with your septic system, you may not be able to get your project off the ground. Many people don’t realize the importance of their septic system and what it could mean for their long term plans for the property or development goals.
We Can Help!
BC Engineering Group has extensive experience with both septic inspections and findings reports. For more details about either of these or if you just have some questions, please contact BC Engineering Group today (707) 542-4321. Like us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our blog.