Things to Consider Before Buying a Home with a Septic Tank

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 Septic systems can give homebuyers nightmares. They may think it’s not as easy to care for the system, or that the cost of drain cleaning services in Chester County for septic systems are somehow higher than they would be for other wastewater systems.

But the reality is that the costs associated with maintaining a septic system aren’t as much of a consideration as other factors that can affect your decision making. Here’s what you should pay attention to when buying a home with a septic system:

How it Works

Septic tanks are pretty standard among residents in rural, suburban, and urban communities alike. That means it’s essential to understand how the system itself works for residents.

Generally speaking, septic tanks work by funneling a home’s wastewater into an airtight underground container, where solids settle to the bottom, and “scum” rises to the top of the tank. When these by-products get pumped out by a professional, a liquid middle layer – known as “effluent” – drains from the tank into a drainage field for filtration.

The Age of the System

Standard home inspections don’t typically cover septic system inspections. With that said, if your new home has a septic system, you want to make sure you get it inspected for any issues related to the system’s age, damage to the system, and general functionality. If you’re forced to replace the system due to it being outdated or poorly functioning, then it could cost you significantly more than you had hoped.

Proximity to Plants

Septic systems are buried underground, making them susceptible to damage from tree and bush roots that go deep underground. When a house you’re interested in buying has a septic tank, make sure you keep any plants growing on the property far from the system.

How Often You Need to Pump

The frequency at which you need to have your septic tank pumped is a highly subjective measure. In most cases, you can have your tank pumped once every one to three years, but this largely depends on the size of your tank and how much wastewater your home generates. It may be necessary for you to plan to have your septic tank pumped yearly to ensure that you are maintaining it properly.

If you want to find out what other factors you should consider when buying a house with a septic tank, or want to schedule sewer and drain cleaning services in Montgomery County, give Delaware Valley Septic, Sewer, and Storm a call today!