Buying a home is a very exciting process, but there are countless things to consider and questions to ask. If you’re buying a home with a septic system, there are questions you should ask the seller specifically about the septic system. When you’re properly informed about the septic system in the home you’re buying, you can make a proper decision about the affordability of the house as well as a look into future maintenance you might be responsible for. We’ve compiled a list of the most important questions to ask when buying a home with a septic system to make sure everything is in proper working order.
1. Where is the System Located?
It’s important to find out where your septic system is located. You should know where the tank itself is to help with future maintenance. If your tank has lid or riser access, you should know where these items are located as well. Some septic systems have filters, so it’s important to know the location of the filter as well because it will eventually need to be replaced. Finally, you should know where the drain field is located to determine whether it is placed properly and what kind of shape it is in. If your seller still has the installation plans, all of this location information should be available in them.
2. Is There Room for a Secondary Drain Field?
Drain fields have a lifespan of roughly 20 years, depending on usage and weather in your area. If your drain field is older, you should determine whether there is room on the property for a secondary drain field. If you bought a particularly small piece of land, this issue is particularly important to determine. You should look at the installation permit and plans to determine whether there is room for a secondary drain field.
3. How Old is the System?
It’s important to find out how old your septic system is. You should determine the age of the tank and the drain field, as the drain field might be newer than the tank. Every septic system has a lifespan, and the older they get the more repairs and maintenance they will require. Additionally, if your septic system is very old, it might need to be replaced. It’s important to find out this information before you buy the home, because replacing a septic system is very expensive and should not be your responsibility if it’s already past its prime.
4. When Was the Last Inspection?
Septic system inspections are important, especially for older septic systems. When you regularly inspect your septic system, you can find out about any minor problems before they turn into bigger ones. For this reason, you should find out when the septic system was last inspected. If it’s been a while, ask the seller to have an inspection before you purchase the house. Septic systems that are inspected regularly tend to be in better shape, so if the last inspection is not very recent, there could be a problem that might result in a costly repair.
5. When Was the Tank Pumped Last?
Your septic tank needs to be pumped every 3-5 years to empty out the solids and keep the system in proper working order. For this reason, it’s important to find out when the last pumping was before you buy a home with a septic system. If the septic tank is due for a pumping, you should ask the seller to pump it out before you move in. If it’s not due for a pumping, it’s still important to know when the last one was to help you decide when to next pump out the tank.
6. Has the Home Had Any Additions?
This question is less obvious, but you should ask if there have been any significant additions to the home since the septic system was installed. The size of your septic tank and system is determined by the size of your household and home. For this reason, if the home has added on bedrooms to house more people or added on bathrooms that increase water usage, the septic tank might be too small for the household it is serving. It’s important to know this information to make an informed decision when purchasing your home.
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