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Buying a House with a Septic Tank

Buying a House with a Septic Tank

When you move out to a piece of land that isn’t in the center of a city or in the overpopulated suburbs, you have a lot of options for your new home. Some people plan out the floor plan and they plan out the roofing options that they have for the new house, but others consider the septic tank options they may have attached to the home. 

Most people don’t include buying a house with a septic tank as part of their dream home plans, but there are pros and cons to a sewage system like this one. Septic tanks gather wastewater that is generated by your toilet and bathroom, washing machine and even the garbage disposal. They gather the water from the house and hold it underneath the yard with the solids in the tank and the liquids exit out into a buried drain field. While you may have an adoptable pumping station to keep the water going around your brand new home, a septic tank keeps the ward liquid and solid of your waste separate. Now you know what the septic tank can do for your home, let’s take a look at what you should know before you buy:

  • Get to know the local laws. Did you know that septic systems for a house are built to match the local code? These laws could have rules that come with septic tank inspection and replacement. These rules may also require you to have an inspection before you can transfer the title into your name and officially own the home.
  • Get your system inspected. A septic system has to be inspected regularly and maintained regularly to avoid any issues. Inspectors should be checking for everything from ventilation and drainage to pipe integrity. They will look for leaking or clogging and they’ll talk about potential problems that they should be spotting before they become even bigger ones.
  • Learn all about the septic system in the home. You don’t have to be a genius on septic tanks to understand the specifications of a system. The size of the system will determine how frequently it should be drained off, and you should also get to know when it was installed because they have to be replaced every 20 to 40 years. It can cost a few $1000 to have your septic tank replaced, but this depends on the size of the tank and where your home is located.
  • Start budgeting for regular tank maintenance. Septic tank has to be inspected regularly given the nature of its use. The last thing that you want to happen is for it to break down and sludge to start leaking out. An inspection can cost up to $600 at a time but this all depends on the size of the tank.
  • Be mindful of what you flush. You have to be very careful with what you put down the drain when you have a septic tank system. If you put something down the drain that doesn’t belong there, it will be your problem and not the problem of the local government or even a landlord stopping hygiene products and paint, oil, hair and paper towels can all cause clogs and prevent that drainage from happening effectively.

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