When shopping for a new home, you obviously want one in excellent condition. However, sometimes looks can be deceiving and your dream home could have some nightmare septic system problems.
Avoid excessive septic system repairs by conducting an on-site inspection of your septic system. Here are some things to look out for and to expect during this process.
Make Moves Before Your Septic System Inspection
Before your official septic system inspection is scheduled, you will want to find out some more information about the property and its past.
The average septic system has a life expectancy of 25-30 years. Don’t take the current homeowner’s word on the age of a system. Ask for a copy of the installation permit in order to gauge whether the age of your system is worth the risk.
Septic Maintenance Records can Help
Aside from the age of the system itself, a copy of the maintenance records is a good indicator of what the current condition is of your equipment. A septic tank should be pumped at least every 3-5 years. Records of this maintenance and the age of the system should be a good indicator of whether or not any problems will come up during the inspection.
What to Expect During Your On-Site Inspection
Your pre-purchase inspection will tell a lot about your potential new home. Here are some of the details that this process should uncover about your septic tank and drain field.
Find Out Where Important Aspects Lie
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is remaining ignorant to the location of their tank, distribution box, and leach field. Should any problems occur within your system during homeownership, you can avoid a lot of hassle by being able to direct your professional septic maintenance specialist to the location of these main system pieces.
Inspect Surface Conditions
The grounds surrounding your septic system can have a tale to tell on its own. If your inspection uncovers soggy ground and random (extra) green patches throughout the yard, then you could have a drain field problem on your hands. This type of issue is important to uncover now because you can factor in the cost of repairs during your negotiations for the property.
Before You Buy, Get Your Septic System Inspected with Texas Johns!
Your septic system literally keeps your home healthy and flowing. Don’t purchase a home with a bad system past or one that has the potential for problems in the future. Schedule an inspection with Texas Johns to make sure that the home you buy is in the condition that you need it to be.
If you’ve already purchased a home and have discovered maintenance needs within your system, we can help with that too! Contact us to find out more about the services that we offer in your area.