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Should You Buy A Home With A Septic System?

You don't have to be leery about buying a home with a septic tank system because having a septic tank is a new experience for you. However, you do need to ensure that the home's septic system is working properly before you purchase the house. Fortunately, finding out what you need to know isn't difficult at all -- even if you don't have any experience with home septic systems.

Keep Your Eyes and Nose Open

You've probably heard that you should always flush the toilet in a home that you're touring to make sure that the toilet drains properly, but it's especially important to flush the toilet in a house that has a septic tank. In fact, you should also run the water in all of the sinks and showers. If the water doesn't drain properly, there could be an issue with the home's septic tank. A few others things to look for include:

  • Odd smells or the smell of sewage - especially outside. You shouldn't be able to smell the waste from a septic tank, so if you smell an unpleasant odor it's definitely cause for concern.
  • Patches of grass that are greener than the rest of the yard. When a septic tank is full beyond its capacity, water pools in the yard above the tank making the grass greener. This could be a sign that the septic tank needs pumped, but it could also be a sign that there is a problem with the tank.
  • Flooded areas of land. Pooling water can create an area of flooded land in the yard if the tank is left unattended.
  • Sewage backup. After you run the water in the kitchen and all of the bathrooms, and flush the toilets, walk back through the house and check the drains again. If there is black, foul-smelling gunk in the drain it's the sewage system is clogged.

Ask Questions

The last thing that you want is to buy a home with a septic system only to find out that you need to have an entirely new septic system installed. So, it's important to ask a few questions before you make an offer on the home. You should ask about:

  • The size of the septic tank to make sure it's large enough to accommodate the amount of people who will be living in your home.
  • The age of the septic system to determine whether or not it could need to be replaced soon. Typically, a well-designed and -installed septic system lasts between 25 and 30 years.
  • The maintenance and repair history of the septic system so that you're aware of any problems that the previous owner has had.

Have an Inspection Completed

Even if you don't notice anything that could indicate possible problems with the home's septic tank and you obtained that answers to all of your questions, you should still have the septic system inspected by a professional before you purchase the home. This way, you'll know for sure whether or not you'll have to have a new septic tank installed in the near future.

Most people know to look past the freshly painted walls and new carpet when they are touring a potential new home, but the septic system is easily overlooked because it's underground. So, remember to keep your eyes and nose peeled for anything odd and have the septic system professionally inspected before you decide to purchase the house. This way, you don't have to worry about it later.

To learn more, contact a company like Rob's Septic Tanks Inc