Purchasing a home with a Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (Septic System)? Here are a few important tips to help make the transition from City Sewer to Septic System go as smoothly as possible:
Have the System Pumped and Inspected Before Closing
Pumping and Inspecting the existing septic system before you close on your new home can eliminate costly and disastrous scenarios. With new systems costing upwards of $25,000, having an inspection prior to closing can inform you of potential problems before you purchase the house, so you can make sure things are working correctly before you move in
Do Your Research
If you've never lived in a house with a septic system, do as much research as you can before hand. Read about proper maintenance, what not to flush down the toilet or drain, local laws regarding wastewater requirements, etc. Learning these things can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
Talk to Your Neighbors
If your home is on a septic system, chances are your neighbors are as well. Ask them questions about what they've done in the past to maintain their system. Ask who they use as their service provider. After you've learned as much as you can about septic systems, you may even be able to educate them!
Contact Your Local Septic Service Provider
Before you move in to your new home, give your local septic service provider a call. Ask them questions about septic systems. Knowing what not to do to a septic system before moving in can eliminate problems and costly repairs in the future.
Start a Maintenance Schedule
After contacting your local septic service provider, ask to be put on a custom maintenance schedule. A good service provider will be able to determine the appropriate amount of time between services, based on the size of septic system and the number of people in the household. Having regular inspections and pumping services can give you the peace of mind knowing your system is working well.
Knowing what to expect before you move in can determine whether or not your home's septic system lasts for 3 years, or another 25 or more years. Avoiding expensive repairs or replacements by practicing proper maintenance and care can save you thousands of dollars in the future.