Septic Tank Inspection and Home Buying

Did you find out that your dream house relies on a septic system? Many rural properties in Wake County have septic systems that function well most of the time. However, you shouldn’t skip the septic tank inspection as part of the buying process.

Don’t Skimp on Home Inspections

Septic Tank Inspection and Home Buying

There are many parts to consider when buying a home. Of course, you want to be in a good neighborhood in a home that is big enough and stays within your budget. You’ll also want to be sure that the house is in good repair.

Before you sign on the dotted line, it is essential to have your home inspected to ensure everything, such as the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems are all working correctly. When it comes to the plumbing, though, one crucial part many people overlook is the septic system.

Need for Municipal Sewer Line Inspection

Testing the sewer lines should be part of any plumbing inspection when it comes to buying a home. Homes that use a municipal sewer line also benefit from a plumbing inspection. If the waste empties into a sewer, you will need to have the sewer line inspected thoroughly. Why? Problems with sewage pipes can lead to waste backups in your home. Not only that, but repairing the pipes can cost quite a bit, especially if they sit underground.

Stay Safe with a Septic Tank Inspection

If the home has a septic tank, there is an entirely different set of things to inspect. Unlike with a municipal sewer line, having a septic tank means storing sewage underground at your home. Because of this, the septic system must work well.

Malfunctioning septic systems can expose your family to significant health risks. Many people are also nervous that a septic tank will back up into their homes. It is much more likely, though, that it will overflow or leak into the yard. A septic tank percolates liquids slowly then disperses them into a drain field.

However, if a septic tank gets too full, the solids can drain out of the container. Along with sounding disgusting, this disaster also leads to foul odors and unsanitary conditions.

What a Septic Tank Inspection Entails

You will need to hire a professional inspector to test your septic tank. They will check on the levels of the sludge and solids inside. If the septic tank is almost full, it will need pumping.

Golden Rule Plumbing Services has been around long enough to know that a full septic system can be a bad sign. It can mean that the maintenance of the tank is long overdue, or there might also be other problems within the septic system.

All the working parts of the septic tank that can be accessed will undergo inspection as well. If the inspector suspects a problem, they can test the soil near the tank to determine if there is any contamination.

Last Thoughts

In the excitement of buying a house, don’t forget to check the sewage system. Investing in a complete septic tank inspection will keep your family and your wallet safe.

Contact us at Golden Rule Plumbing Services for all of your Wake County waste removal system needs.