When thinking of their new house, few homeowners take the time to consider the septic system. However, before you schedule the installation, replacement, or maintenance of a septic tank, it’s essential to do your research to make sure it is right for you.
Before you purchase a new home with a septic system, you’ll need to understand several things. Keep the following three factors in mind when looking at new homes on the market:
- City Codes: If you want to make any changes to a property’s existing septic tank or install your own, you’ll need to learn what is allowed in your area. Each town has its own rules and regulations. You may have to adjust expectations to accommodate their codes about distances between tanks and fields, as well as tank size and construction.
- Existing Tank’s Age: Potential homeowners need to know not only the age of a house but also how old its septic tank is. Most septic systems boast a lifespan of about 25 to 30 years. If yours is old, you may need to install a brand new tank, which could cost thousands of dollars.
- Homeowners’ Maintenance Routine: Septic systems last only as long as they’re properly taken care of. Homeowners should have their tank pumped about every two years and only flush tissue and wastewater down the drains. Before you purchase a home, ask the owners what they’ve done to maintain their system. You can determine the condition of the property’s septic tank by hiring a professional service to examine the system.
Always try to learn more about the homes you’re considering, especially in regards to their septic systems. Queen’s Septic Tank Service provides a variety of services to help homeowners in the High Point, NC, area keep their septic tanks clear and functioning properly. Call them at (336) 434-1260 to schedule an appointment, and visit their website for more information.