Does Your Prospective New Home Have A Septic Tank? 2 Questions To Ask

Posted on: 17 August 2016


When hunting for a new home, you may find a home that you like that has a septic tank. If you have never had a home with a septic tank before, you may not know what you should be asking the owners before the sale of the home is final. Be sure to ask them these 2 questions to avoid running into problems down the road.

Where's The Tank And Leach Field Located?

It may be hard to believe, but many people make the mistake of not being aware of where their home's septic tank and leach field is. If the previous owner doesn't know, it means they were not the ones that had the tank installed and have not been keeping up with necessary maintenance over the years.

If the owner doesn't know where their septic tank is located, this isn't enough to halt the sale of the home. It just means that you have more work to do. You can go to your county courthouse and find if there are any records about where the septic tank was installed. You can also have a septic tank specialist go around the property and search for it.

When the owner is aware of the septic tank and leach field's location, do a brief inspection with them. Make sure that you can locate the tank's cap because it may be buried underground. Look at what has been planted over the tank's leach field as well. The leach field should only have grass and flowers on it, with shrubs and trees potentially causing problems due to their deep roots.

When Did The Previous Owners Last Pump The Septic Tank?

If the previous owner has lived in the home for a while, it's likely that they needed to have the tank pumped at one point. Make sure to find out when they last pumped their septic tank because it can give you a good idea of when it needs to be done next. Follow a septic tank pumping schedule to watch out for when the next pumping will be necessary.

These are just a couple of questions you can ask the owners about the septic tank. If you want to make sure that it is in working order, it is always best to have a septic tank specialist come out to your home and inspect it for you. Make it a point to have it done during the home inspection because it could save you from buying a home with a costly septic tank repair that needs to be done.