Buying a Home with a Septic: What You Need to Know

When you are shopping for a new home in smaller towns or rural areas, you are bound to come across homes with septic systems. If you are not familiar with septic systems, it is important to understand how they differ from city sewer service before you buy a home with a septic. Here is what you need to know if you are considering buying a home with a septic.

  • It is important to have a septic system inspection before you agree to buy a home. Insist on a thorough inspection of the pump, tank, drain field and sewer lines to ensure the system is in good shape.
  • Septic systems do not require monthly payments for service, but they do need maintenance. Ask for maintenance records for the septic system and contact a local septic service to discuss ongoing maintenance plans. Most septic systems will require service 1-2 times a year.
  • Protecting your septic. Septic systems are more sensitive then city sewer systems. It is vital to understand the limits of what can be put down the drain to prevent septic clogs and failure. Talk to your local septic service company to learn the basics on how to care for your system.

If you are unsure about owning a home with a septic system, but are enamored by a house on the market with a septic, consider conversion. Many areas may have sewer lines available that can be connected to the home you desire. While it may be a sizable initial investment, converting to a sewer system connection can be easier for maintenance and add value to you home.

Posted on behalf of:
Septic Service Pro, LLC
Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30334
(678) 292-8728

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