Buying a Home? Why You Need a Septic System Inspection
When you’re out shopping for a new home, it may not occur to you to ask whether or not the home has a septic system. You may also assume that most homes are all on a regular village sewer system. The truth is that 20-25% of homes today still use a septic tank system.
Reasons for a Pre-purchase Septic Inspection
Septic systems can last 20 to 30 years, so making sure they’ve been properly cared for before you buy can possibly save you a lot of nasty trouble not so far down the road. Here are just a few things you need to know when considering buying a home with a septic system:
- Septic problems aren’t always the first things you will notice – Even a seemingly fresh-smelling home can have unseen problems with the septic system.
- Home Inspectors aren’t septic inspectors – Just because you order a home inspection before signing that contract, don’t assume the inspector even thought about the septic system. They don’t have the expertise to do a thorough inspection and frankly, it isn’t required.
- Drainage – Septic systems don’t just affect your toilet. Drainage can get into your water used for other parts of your home. Not only is that gross, but it’s unsafe.
- Pre-inspections save money and trouble – The inspection can make sure you not only have a working, healthy septic system before you buy, but it can assess if the tank is big enough for your household size. Any work needing to be done can present a further opportunity to upgrade the tank size for your future needs.
Do You Need a Septic Inspection?
The first time you visit a property that has a septic tank system, there are a few things you can do to verify the need for a septic inspection:
- Ask homeowner for maintenance records of septic inspections and repairs.
- Ask the seller about any previous or current issues.
- Run water in the plumbing to check for backups; look for pooling in the yard or extra-green grass near the septic tank.
There are a lot of septic systems in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and outlying areas, and Eco Pump Service is there for them all. If you are considering buying a home with a septic system, or own one already, our professionals can inspect and help maintain your system for years to come. Give us a call or go online today!