Buying Home With Septic System

Did the septic system pass inspection?

It is always a good idea for new home buyers to make sure the septic system of their potential dream home is in good working condition and not a nightmare. A faulty system can hurt the value of the property, cost thousands of dollars in future repairs and cause serious harm to the environment. Often, states realize the severity of septic issues and have designed regulations to govern this.

Can the septic tank handle the household’s water consumption?

It is not uncommon for a house to have a tank that is too small for the amount of water that running through the system. This results in improper filtration and clogging. There are ways around it, but not without inconvenience to those living in the home. If a buyer wants the freedom to use as much water in their new home as they’d like, they need to make sure the tank is large enough to accommodate their needs. Otherwise, the system will eventually break down and result in costly repairs.

Is the lawn heavily saturated with water?

Unless there was a recent storm, a lawn with puddles or marshy areas is a red flag. This could be indication of leaching failure and needs to be addressed before long before discussing down payments or signing documents on your new home.

When was the last time the tank was serviced?

Hopefully, the current homeowner has kept good records of septic maintenance. The local board of health can also be a good source of information if nothing was tracked. We recommend septic pumping every one to two years, so if the tank has not been serviced in that time frame, the buyer should request it be done before making a purchase.

These questions and many more can be answered easily by the experts at Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic, serving Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Jupiter for over 60 years.