There’s a lot to consider when you’re preparing to put in an offer on a home. From whether the house has all of your desired features to worries about how soon the roof will need to be replaced, there are many factors that you’ll need to keep in mind. Unfortunately, one factor that often does not get enough thought is a home’s septic system. Because the system is out of sight and out of mind, it can be an easy thing to forget, but this can cause you serious headaches and take a real toll on your wallet. Read on to learn more about what you should find out about a home’s septic system before you put in an offer.
A plumbing inspection can save serious hassle
Before putting in an offer on the home you’d like to buy, be sure to bring in a trusted, licensed plumber to conduct a thorough inspection of your septic system. The first thing your plumber will determine is whether your home has a private septic tank or if it is connected to the municipal waste system. There are pros and cons to each set-up and both have the possibility for costly failures, so your inspector will be able to judge the condition of the system and offer insight into problems you may face down the line.
Septic lines that are connected to municipal systems can easily become clogged, so an inspector should use specialized video equipment to examine the condition of the line. Personal septic tanks don’t generally clog, but if they spring a leak they can cause extensive damage to your backyard. In either case, your plumber will be able to identify possible warning signs so that you have a good idea of what you’ll be in for if you do decide to purchase your home.
Need a plumbing inspection you can trust? Master Plumbing and Mechanical can help
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