It is abosultely imperative, that if you are considering buying a home that is serviced by a septic system that you have this system inspected by a professional engineer in that trade. Albeit, this inspection at first glance will seem to be somewhat costly, however it may save you thousands of dollars in upgrading or replacement costs in the future. The cost to replace or upgrade a system is far greater than installing a new one on a virgin site. The cost for replacement can be as high as $15,000. to $20,000., sometimes more, depending on how much damage the old system has done to the soils in and around the system. The cost of a professional inspection can range from $350.00 to $500.00 which in comparison is considerably less than the cost to cure.
Private Sewage Disposal System Search Form (Inside Ottawa City Limits) (pdf)
For Septic Searches Contact
Ottawa Septic System Office Website
Eastern Ontario Health Unit Website