Septic Testing

The Green Valley Group can help to coordinate outsourced Septic Inspections through several local providers. Although The Green Valley Group does not provide septic inspections, we do provide recommendations upon request for several local companies whose work we are familiar with and with whom we have worked with for a number of years.

What is a septic system?

A septic system is a sewage treatment system. The system is installed on properties that are not connected to a public sewer.  There are many different types of septic systems ranging from what are called conventional in-ground systems to sand mounds and from spray irrigation systems to stream discharge systems. There are also seepage pits, cesspools, and homemade systems. 

Septic systems have three main parts: a holding tank, distribution pipes, and a drain field. Human waste is broken down into liquids and solids in the holding tank. The liquid moves through the distribution pipes and is released into the drain field though tiny holes in the pipes. The drain field is an area of stone and dirt where a natural bacterial action completes the liquid waste treatment process. To maintain the system, the solid wastes that have remained in the holding tank must be pumped out from time to time by a service professional. 

The Green Valley Group is a third party provider of stucco & home inspection, thermal imaging and building envelope forensic consulting services. Our goal is to provide thorough and accurate inspection and testing services to all of our clients while educating them throughout the process. An educated consumer is an empowered consumer, and we're passionate about providing our clients with all of the information they need to make an informed decision.Home Inspection Services Whether you're buying or selling a home, or looking to protect your current investment, professional home inspection services performed by The Green Valley Group and our partners will give you peace of mind and can assist you in a fair and smooth transaction. The Green Valley Group offers a variety of in-house and third-party partner provided inspection and testing services. The Green Valley Group provides thorough investigations of the building envelope (Stucco, Stone, EIFS, etc.) in order to uncover hidden problems, the source of those problems, and then provides recommendations that will lead to corrective solutions. We provide services designed to help buyers, sellers and owners navigate the process. The Green Valley Group provides thermal imaging for a variety of applications. Infrared Thermography can be used to evaluate and find anomalies in exterior cladding (stucco) and mechanical/electrical systems, for noninvasive moisture detection, for leak detection on flat roofs, to identify missing insulation in a wall cavity and even for equine thermal imaging. Our inspection and testing programs have been designed to assure a thorough and easy to understand overview of the conditions of a home. As an independent third-party provider of these services, The Green Valley Group commits to helping our clients navigate buying, selling or home ownership with objectivity and professionalism, and to always keep our clients' best interests at heart.

Contact Information:

    (610) 347-0620
    PO Box 242

    Unionville, PA 19375 

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Additional Service Offerings:

Stucco & Home Inspection, Thermal Imaging and

Building Envelope Forensic Consulting Services

Do I need a septic system inspection?

It's in your best interest to have the system inspected by a professional inspector, even if you are hiring a home inspector. A home inspector will assess the condition of visible plumbing in the home, but will not conduct a detailed assessment of the septic system itself. A septic inspection can yield useful information on the condition of the system as it exists when the system is inspected. While predicting the future with regard to the septic system is not part of any septic inspection, the inspection often uncovers defects in the system which can save the purchaser unexpected expense.

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How long does the inspection take & what's involved?

Usually, it takes less than an hour. A skilled and experienced inspector will check the entire house thoroughly, from foundation to roof, and knows exactly where to look for telltale signs of the presence of termites or other wood destroying insects, and any damage. Some of the tools that may be used during the inspection may include a flashlight, a rubber mallet, a screwdriver or other probe, and perhaps a small long-handled mirror for inspecting the hard-to-reach areas where termites are often found.

How can I recognize a reliable septic inspection firm?

Ask pointed questions about their business history and their people and find out how well trained their inspection personnel are. While the inspector is onsite, ask if the septic system meets current code requirements. Also sure to discuss your water usage needs to determine if the system is up to the task.