3 Things You'll Need to Consider When Buying a House with a Septic Tank

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When it comes to septic tanks, it’s not something that goes through a person’s head when they’re shopping for a home or when they even buy a house. While it’s technically a part of plumbing, every shopper is looking for a good house with good plumbing. Sometimes, it really is as simple as that. Sure, while things like a kitchen remodel, a new coat of paint, or other changes come immediately to the mind, they shouldn’t just begin or end there. 

Besides, not everyone is really all that familiar with septic tanks in the first place. But you might be surprised to know how important they actually are. So, here’s what you need to consider if you’re planning on buying a house that has a septic tank. 

What is a Septic Tank?

Septic systems are an essential part of rural and some suburban properties, providing a self-contained wastewater treatment solution. So what this basically means is that it’s a tank to hold your waste rather than it going and connecting to a major municipal sewer. 

Consider a Septic Tank Inspection

So, before you buy a house, you obviously know you’re going to have to implement some inspections, and the tank might need to be one of them. So, before finalizing the purchase, have a professional septic system inspection performed. This assessment will evaluate the condition of the tank, the drain field, and the overall functionality of the system. A thorough inspection can uncover potential issues that might require immediate attention or negotiation with the seller. You can usually expect septic services to do this type of inspection, but this isn’t the only service that has to offer either. 

Is it Compliant with Local Regulations?

If you buy the house, you’re immediately going to be responsible for this. Therefore, it’s going to immediately be your fault. Every locality has regulations and codes governing septic system installation and maintenance. Ensure that the property's septic system is compliant with local regulations. Any modifications or repairs required for compliance could impact your decision or the negotiation process. The last thing you want is for this to not be up to code and you have to pay a major fine or even be temporarily kicked out of your home til it’s fixed. It’s the harsh reality. 

Ask About the Maintenace History

While you’re going to be asking a lot of questions to the owners for everything in the house, plumbing, electricity, roof, and in between, you’ll need to ask questions about the repair history or if any updates are needed. But this goes for the tank too. Regular maintenance, such as pumping the tank every 3-5 years, is crucial for its longevity and proper function. A well-maintained system can save you from costly repairs down the line. If they’ve never done any of this, then it’s clearly a red flag, and you’d be potentially footing the bill if you bought the house. 

Overall, when it comes to a septic tank, you don’t have to be a genius on the topic; usually, only professionals are. But you’re still going to have to know the basics since this is about waste management, after all.

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