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Real Estate Inspections

The Seneca County General Health District offers inspections (surveys) of household sewage treatment systems and private water systems upon request from property owners, real estate agents, potential buyers and financial lending institutions. It is the health district’s intent to provide an independent, impartial evaluation to ensure that each system does not pose a hazard or public health nuisance.

Sewage surveys consist of an on-site inspection that includes locating the system and evaluating its performance. Private water surveys include an on-site inspection and water sample that is analyzed for total coliform and E. coli bacteria.

A written report will be sent to the requestor documenting conditions observed during each survey.

The Seneca County General Health District does not require real estate inspections for residential property transfers. However, it is strongly encouraged that a real estate inspection be performed to ensure buyers are aware of any potential problems associated with the property.

The Seneca County General Health District requires the current owner or owner’s agent to be aware that the health district is performing a real estate inspection. Furthermore, any corrective actions resulting from this inspection will need to be addressed regardless if the property is SOLD.


Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. It is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in the soil. It can get into homes through small cracks, drains, and sump pumps. Older homes can have high levels of radon. The only way to determine if your home has radon gas is to test for it.