Should I have the septic tank pumped before the inspection?

No, it’s not necessary. It is actually beneficial to observe the working condition of the septic tank during an inspection. If the volume of solids found in the septic tank exceeds one third of its total capacity, your evaluator may advise pumping.

Should I run the water ahead of the inspection time?

No, there should be ample opportunity to adequately flush the system during the inspection. The well should be working and at least one service tap should be available for sampling. A home that has been winterized should be de-winterized before activating the water supply.

Can the service fee be satisfied at the time of closing?

Although the preferred method of payment is paid in full by check or cash at the time of service, some accommodations can be made with a deposit. This deposit will satisfy the Barry-Eaton District Health Department’s transfer review and any laboratory fees. These fees may vary with services requested. Credit or debit cards are not accepted at this time.

Is it a requirement to get an inspection?

It depends on what county the property is located in. In Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Ottawa and Shiawassee counties there are local ordinances that require an inspection. Ottawa County offers the service and does not allow private evaluators to inspect. In other counties like Allegan, Ionia and Kent an in inspection is not required. In some cases, in Barry and Eaton counties a property may be exempt from an inspection by request if it meets predetermined criteria which can be found in the exemption section of this site.