Buying A Home? Check the Septic System First

Are you in the process of buying a new home? Or maybe you’ve recently been through the home buying process? Then you know that a little insight in your prospective new property is key for a successful move.

A number of potential problems with a home for sale can often be easily spotted with just a visual overview. It’s clear when there’s a roof in need of repairs, or damaged or missing fixtures.

But there are some aspects of a property for sale that aren’t as easy to notice — like problems with the home’s septic system. And if problems with a septic system aren’t spotted early on in the home buying process, they can prove costly after moving in. A massive septic system or drainage field issue can cost thousands of dollars. Even worse, it can lead to all sorts of messy issues in and around your new house.

So before you make an offer on a property for sale, ensure the septic system is in solid shape. You can start by using the following guidelines before you officially purchase your new home.


How to Check The Septic System in A Home Sale

Talk to the Seller or Seller’s Agent

In some states, sellers are required to disclose whether there are any known problems with their home, which includes their septic system.

In fact, a number of states have separate seller disclosure forms for the septic system that detail potential issues. And this encourages the seller to indicate if the septic system is OK, or if they are aware of an issue.

By talking to the seller or the seller’s agent, the buyer may have some legal leeway if an immediate septic tank problem is not disclosed up front. Check with your own realtor or lawyer to determine what the seller must disclose for septic systems in your area.


Keep an Eye on the Drainage Field

When it comes to septic systems, the drainage field will be your best visible clue as to whether there’s a problem with the system’s ability to properly filter and dispose of waste.

Here are some signs of problems with the septic tank, with regards to the drainage field:

  • A slight overflow of waste near the tank itself
  • Overgrowth over the drainage field
  • Grass that is much more vibrant than other areas of the yard

These signs mean the septic system may have some deeper and unresolved issues.


Order a Septic Inspection

A septic inspection can be an added expense for buyers who are already investing a lot into a new home. But it can also prevent a lot of financial headaches down the road.

Your real estate agent will be able to recommend septic inspection service providers in your area. And the results will give you insight on the condition of the property’s septic tank system.


When purchasing a new home for your family, you want to be sure everything is in working order before you take a seat at the closing table. So stay vigilant, and when inspecting the home you want to buy, don’t forget about the septic system! Though out of sight and generally out of mind, a malfunctioning septic system can certainly cause hardships after you move into your new home.


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