4 Things to Know About Buying a Home with a Septic System

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Buying a home is exciting, but there’s also a lot to consider. Each home’s features provide a lot to think through, and wastewater management is no exception.

4 Things to Know About Buying a Home with a Septic System

If you’re considering buying a home with a septic system, here are 4 things to know:

  1. A septic system is an on-site wastewater management system. The homeowner takes on the responsibility to properly care for and maintain their wastewater management needs instead of relying on a municipal sewer system. The septic system treats and disposes of wastewater much like a treatment plant does. Water flows through the septic tank and into the drain field, where it is filtered into the ground.
  2. Know your septic system’s age and condition before buying your home. It’s important to know exactly what you’re going to call home before you sign on the dotted line. Before buying a home with a septic system, ask to see the home’s septic system history. Documents should include the date of the septic system and tank installation, the most recent pump date, and any other major maintenance required.
  3. Consider a thorough septic system inspection before closing. Basic home inspections for buyers do not include thorough inspections of the septic system, but we can help at Sauer Septic. Our real estate septic inspections ensure you know everything you need to know.
  4. Learn more about septic system maintenance and care. With a little education and consideration, you can help keep your septic system working efficiently. Conserving water and keeping non-biodegradable items out of your drains will go a long way. Keeping up with routine septic inspections also helps keep the whole system in tip-top shape.

Buying a home with a septic system does come with its own considerations, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. Prioritizing your system’s maintenance and educating yourself on best practices will ensure your new home stays functional and healthy.