Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Septic Inspections in Iowa

As of today, if you have a septic system in Iowa, you will need to pump it and have it inspected before you sell the property. There are a few exceptions, but if it is a regular old sale of residential real estate, you are going to need a "time of transfer inspection." And not just any inspector can do these inspections. It has to be a "certified time of transfer inspector who has been certified by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

It appears there are fewer than 250 inspectors for the entire state of Iowa. With 99 counties, that's only about 2.5 inspectors per county.

The county recorders will not record your deed without an inspection report from these special certified inspectors attached to your groundwater hazard statement.

Should be lots of fun for a while.


Joshua said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I don't think I would have heard of this anytime soon if you hadn't mentioned it!

Anonymous said...

Same think to be said about those shameless folks that flip houses on contract. All properties should be inspected before they are sold on contract or otherwise. Thus ridding the troubled areas within the city. I believe West DesMoines has such a program running now and it works!

Residential Inspection said...

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