Owning a Home With a Septic System
Maintenance & Record Keeping
Homeowners should keep their septic tanks & drain field serviced at regular intervals. We recommend every 3 years or less depending on your family's usage & your lifestyle.
Keep good records of maintenance & any repairs made, including date, issue, company doing service and what was done. It is a good idea to keep it all in a file to give to any perspective buyers if you ever decide to sell your home. It shows you cared for your home and protected your investment!
Request Maintenance Records
All home buyers should ask for a record of how often the septic system has been serviced during the time the current homeowner has lived there.
Neglected systems WILL give trouble at some point. If there has been no maintenance in the past 3+ years, this is a signal it will need service or possible repair in the near future.
If the home owner does not have records but says (a company) pumped or inspected the tank, call the company and ask for service dates and any issues found. A neglected system can cost you thousands of dollars!
Always Be Prepared
Having a Septic Tank Riser installed on your septic tank can be a gentle reminder to keep your system maintained regularly. Creative camouflages are available or use it to showcase a potted plant!
Working with a company that treats you like a friend and sends out a reminder every three years can reduce the headache or stress of worrying about your septic system. Lentz Septic wants to help you keep your system purring - to help keep you from the need to spend thousands of dollars in repair from putting off regular maintenance.
Buying or Selling a Home With a Septic System
There are two main types of Septic Inspections for septic systems:
VISUAL -VS- FULL INSPECTION.
VISUAL INSPECTION from Home Inspector – NOT Recommended!
Home Inspectors (instead of licensed Septic Inspectors) usually perform this type of Septic Inspection. A visual inspection is very limited, consisting of running water in the house and flushing toilets. The septic tank may or may not be located in a visual inspection, but home inspectors are not authorized to open and check the tank.
So, as long as there is no backup in the plumbing and no water surfacing over the absorption field, visual septic inspections may assume the system is functioning correctly -BUT- it really only means the toilets flush and the taps work.
Visual Inspections Are Risky because of what they can’t see!
Here are some problems your system could have that the Home Inspector would not know about if only a visual inspection is done:
leaking tank | overfull tank | roots in the tank | backflow issues | actual size of tank | corrosion | thickness of sludge | if dividing wall is secure | if baffles are in place | location issues (under a deck, room addition, etc)
When buying a home, a need for repairs caused by a major problem not pointed out during a visual inspection could mean Major Repairs or having to install a New System – if the issues are not discovered until after the sale is complete, the Buyer has to foot the bill for the repairs or new system!
If you are buying a home, you should request a FULL INSPECTION to protect yourself and your investment.
Many loan companies will not accept this type of inspection in the case of buying a home, so you may be required to have the Full Inspection done in addition.
DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!
FULL INSPECTIONS by Lentz Septic Tank Service Give You Peace Of Mind
Full Septic Inspections for conventional standard septic systems and low-pressure dosing systems include an inspection and having the septic tank pumped so that a through inspection is possible.
Lentz Septic Tank Service performs Full Septic Inspections, first locating the septic tank and making sure it is not too close to the home, a well, property lines, etc. This will also tell the inspector if the system is obstructed by a deck, room addition, etc.
We use a 45 Point Checklist to inspect the Septic Tank, Pump Tank (if present), and Dispersal Field and give a detailed report to the Realtor or Loan Company requesting the order for a home buyer (or seller).
Jason Trivette is our own Licensed Inspector, certified from North Carolina State University, Subsurface Wastewater System Inspector School.
Having Your Septic System Inspected Regularly Protects Your Investment In Your Home & Your Family
Most people understand that a septic tank needs to be pumped on a regular basis BUT the EPA says it should be INSPECTED AS WELL on a regular basis. If you only pump your tank every 3-5 years (or less often) you should consider adding the INSPECTION at the same time to protect your investment in your home & property as well as the health of your family.
Ready For An Inspection?
We Offer a Complete & Professional 45-Point Inspection
for Your Peace Of Mind!
If you're buying a home with a septic tank, please have your realtor contact us. If you are selling a home with a septic tank, you can show your potential buyers that you have cared for your home and want them to be happy in their new home by having this service already done!
*You don't have to be buying or selling to get an inspection! The EPA recommends that homeowners get an inspection regularly to lower the occurrence of damage and high repairs.
"The average household septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a septic service professional... Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year."