Septic System Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home

septic system questionsAre you considering purchasing a new home with a septic system? Buying a house is both exciting and stressful. No one wants to be blindsided with costly issues and repairs after the keys transfer hands. Here are several important questions you should always ask the homeowner, or a professional septic service company, before making an offer on a home with a septic tank.

Where is the septic system located?

While the answer to this question is, of course, very important, the way it is answered will also provide a lot of useful information. Maybe, for example, the sellers have no idea where the septic tank is located. It’s a good bet that they haven’t contracted septic inspections and pumping regularly since purchasing the home themselves. Septic system maintenance is vital and if it has gone years without it, you’re probably going to run into some issues.

Do you have the system’s service and repair history?

In an ideal world, the seller will have thorough and accurate documentation of all service and repairs since the septic system installation. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t keep documentation that well organized. Ask for whatever they have, however, because this information can help you better understand the condition of the unit.

When was the last time the tank was pumped?

It’s important to know when the last septic tank pumping occured. If, however, the sellers offer to pump the tank for you right away, request that they wait. This way you can have a septic system professional examine the tank and drain field themselves.

Have Questions about a Home with a Septic System?

If you’re buying a new home with a septic system and have questions, make sure you reach out to a septic specialist. Snohomish Septic Service of the greater Snohomish County will be happy to assist you. We can answer your questions and perform an inspection on your potential dream home. For more information about current promotions, visit our website or call (360)310-4430 to request a free quote.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Septic System Homeownership

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