You’ve been looking for the perfect home and you think you’ve found it. There’s just one problem; the home has a septic system instead of city sewers! If you’ve never owned a home with a septic system, this might seem rather daunting. The good news? While there are several distinct differences between a home with a septic sewage tank and a home with city sewer connections, the variances aren’t usually a deal-breaker. You can always contact a local septic service company for more information, but here are a few things you should know about purchasing a home with a septic system.
Septic Systems are Common
If you’ve never lived in one, you may be surprised to learn that homes with septic systems are relatively common. While city plumbing is more prominent, about 25% of homes actually rely on septic systems. Many who live in rural areas opt for septic system installations.
Septic Systems Aren’t Complicated
Basically, a septic system transfers wastewater from your home to an underground storage tank. Once the tank fills, you’ll need to schedule a septic tank pumping appointment.
Septic Systems Aren’t Connected to Drinking Water
Most homes with a septic system also have a private well. Some, however, rely on a septic system for sewage disposal and utilize the city water supply. Make sure you clarify this before purchasing your new home.
Septic Systems Require Periodic Maintenance
The biggest difference between city plumbing and a septic system is that the homeowner is responsible for regular septic system maintenance. You’ll need to schedule septic inspections and tank pumping appointments, but these will vary based on your personal water usage.
Need a Professional to Inspect a Septic System?
If you’re buying a home with a septic system, it’s always a good idea to have a septic specialist inspect the tank before placing an offer. For professional help and advice, contact Snohomish Septic Service of the greater Snohomish county today. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and provide any initial maintenance required. For more information about our company, current promotions, and the many services we offer, visit our website. You can call us directly at (360)310-4430 to schedule an appointment or request a free quote.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Septic System Specialists
Serving Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Granite Falls, Everett, Arlington, Marysville, Monroe, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, and greater Snohomish county.