Kansas Environmental Health Association

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Resale Inspections of Onsite Private Sewage Disposal Systems

Posted by James on February 19, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Do you require a resale inspection of onsite private sewage disposal systems?

Does the governing body complete the inspection or private contractors?

James Kraatz
Leavenworth County


Categories: Air, Water,Solid Waste

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Reply Beth Rowlands
12:42 PM on February 22, 2013 
Johnson County - An inspection is required by county staff.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:41 PM on February 22, 2013 
Shawnee County - We don?t require an inspection but we probably do 95% of the homes sold.
A private contractor can do it but most lending institutions want us to do it.
We charge $100.00 and require the tank to be pumped before the inspection.
If the tank can?t be found or water is turned off, we won?t do the inspection.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:40 PM on February 22, 2013 
Riley County - inspections are not required in the code but if requested the Sanitarian conducts them.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:40 PM on February 22, 2013 
Linn County - code requires an inspection.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:39 PM on February 22, 2013 
Miami County does not REQUIRE a resale inspection but we do provide the service as an optional service if a lender or buyer wants one. The fee for what we call a ?Courtesy Inspection? is $125.00.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:38 PM on February 22, 2013 
Douclas County - During our last code revision in 2008 we plugged in a requirement that all private water wells & onsite septic systems are required to have an inspection completed by our department at the time of a change of ownership. This has worked out extremely well as the banks & realtors like the idea of having a third party inspection. It protects the banks, realtors, & buyers from any surprises & also acts as an on-going survey for our internal use. We record whether or not the house is vacant or occupied, if vacant or occupied, for how long? Also, how many inhabitants, how old the system is, what type of soil is the system in, are there any abandoned wells on the property, are the well seals & screens in good shape & is the well seal approved, water testing for bacteria & nitrate, etc.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:37 PM on February 22, 2013 
Wyandotte County does not require a resale inspection at this time. We are reviewing our sanitary code and will be making this a requirement in the near future. At that time a resale inspection will be required and it will be conducted only by the Health Department. At this time we will conduct an inspection upon request from a lender, seller or buyer. The fee for the inspection is $ 100.00.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:36 PM on February 22, 2013 
Lyon County - Yes, a resale inspection is required to be completed by the Lyon County Health Department.

Local inspection gives an overall picture of the status of the health of the community as it relates to sewage. It can pinpoint situations of increased risk for contaminated water in the community. The county has a vested interest in the health of its citizens and resale inspections allow evaluations to be completed at a time when owner?s may have easier access to dollars to make improvements. It also provides for continuous, planned improvement across the community over time. Local inspection can also provide a database of information that can be used to help prevent or correct problems in one particular area of the county.

For the reasons noted above and others, inspections are best provided by local government inspectors.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:36 PM on February 22, 2013 
Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson and Nemaha Counties - Northeast Kansas Environmental Services (NEKES) represents five counties. While NEKES completes onsite real estate inspections in each county, only one county has a sanitation code that requires the inspection and designates NEKES as the sole inspecting agency. Real estate inspections in the other four counties are completed at the request of a realtor, a home buyer or the lending/financing party. In those counties, without authorization, licencing or followup, the onsite inspection can be made by an installer, a home inspector or any individual or company that is acceptable to the requestee.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:33 PM on February 22, 2013 
Pottawatomie County does not require inspections at the time of a property sale, however they offer it as a service, and if there are any deficiencies they require that the system be brought up to current standards.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:32 PM on February 22, 2013 
Franklin County does require real estate inspections.
"I" inspect all installed septic lagoons and work with a county licensed inspector/ pumper who is factory certified to work on aerobic units when inspections of septic tanks and lateral lines are required. A system must meet all county code requirements and have an active maintenance contract in effect for aerobic systems prior to an operational permit being issued to the new owner.
Reply Beth Rowlands
12:31 PM on February 22, 2013 
Geary County does require a real estate inspection upon transfer. This applies to realtor, by owner or through auction. Morris County does not require an inspection, however, these are conducted if requested by the lender.
Inspections of septic tanks require the tank be pumped at the time of inspection. Our fees are $200 for traditional septic tank/lateral field and $100 for lagoons.
11:54 AM on February 20, 2013 
I would like to hear how other programs patrol required inspections. Does the Register of Deeds office verify that the inspection was completed?
Reply KEHA
10:17 AM on February 20, 2013 
Shawee County doesn't require them, but the health agency offers them. The fee is $100.00.
9:30 AM on February 20, 2013 
I have two counties that require real estate inspections for on-site wastewater systems. They are to be performed by the Sanitarian. I have found this can be difficult to patrol, especially private sales.
Reply Beth Rowlands
5:51 PM on February 19, 2013 
I will encourage the counties to post here; I will also send out an email to get additional responses.