A Homeowners Guide To Buying a House With a Septic System

Buying a house with a septic system can be a new experience for you if previously your home was connected to a city’s sewer system.

One advantage septic system owners can have over city homes hooked up to sewer systems is there are no city sewer fees to pay.

​For new septic system owners, it’s essential to fully understand how a septic tank system works. Here’s a guide to septic systems that you will find helpful if you’re buying a house with a septic system for the first time, or if you need information about how septic systems work.

What to do if you’re interested in a home with a septic system

Verify the condition of the home’s septic system.  Before signing the contract, have the septic system inspected by a licensed professional. They’ll check the septic tank, pipe integrity, leach field drainage, and ventilation. They’ll be able to spot potential small problems before they become big ones, which can be very expensive to repair.

When you purchase a home with a septic system, you’ll need to have the tank pumped every few years, which can cost several hundred dollars depending on the size of the tank.

For newbies, the most important things to know are: Have your septic tank pumped every 3 - 5 years by a licensed septic contractor AND, don't put cooking grease and fat down the drain.

Pumping a Septic System