Septic Inspection

According to the University of Maryland Extension, more than 420,000 septic systems (otherwise known as onsite wastewater treatment systems) exist in the state. When properly installed and maintained, a septic system can last 20-30 years with regular clean-outs every 3-5 years.

When Septic Systems Are Inspected

Property Transfer – In Maryland, when homes with a septic system is up for sale, a septic system inspection is required as a condition of the sale. This requirement is a good practice to protect the home buyer from expensive repairs or unexpected replacement of a septic system.

Regular Inspection – Regular inspections are critical to evaluating how a septic system is performing and to reduce contamination into nearby groundwater, nearby water wells, and local waterways. A septic inspection can spot a problem while it can be more easily and inexpensively addressed.

Signs of Septic System Problems

Septic system problems are not always apparent; however, there are some signs to watch for.

  • Backup of sewage indoors
  • Foul odors
  • Clogged or slow-draining indoor drains
  • Wet areas near the septic tank or drain field
  • Unexplained stomach illnesses
  • Alarm warnings from the septic system

Depending on problems that are discovered with a residential septic system, in addition to repairs, you may need a well water quality inspection and a sewer scope inspection to evaluate the lateral sewer line from the home to the septic tank.

Who Regulates Septic Systems in Maryland

The Maryland Department of the Environment regulates onsite wastewater treatment systems and county health departments permit them. The agency also provides information on approved wastewater professionals and on-site wastewater treatment system property transfer inspectors.

Hire Shore Inspection Services, LLC to Inspect Your Septic System

If you’re looking for a regular inspection or need a septic system inspection as a condition of sale, contact Chad Sims for a thorough evaluation. He can help you answer important questions to ensure a home’s septic system is operating optimally before you purchase a new home. Inspecting homes all along Maryland’s Eastern Shore is what we do! Learn more about all of the specialty inspections we offer in addition to traditional home inspections.


A sewer line is often one of the most costly things to repair or replace in a home. For this reason, homeowners may order an inspection before buying a new home or if they are experiencing plumbing issues. By scheduling a meeting with us or calling us at 410-476-8144, you can have peace of mind knowing that your sewer system is in good condition and that any necessary repairs are taken care of quickly. We provide thorough inspections.  With our professional team on your side, you can rest assured that the inspection of your sewer system is in good hands.