Why you should check the septic system before buying a home.

You finally found it. Your dream home. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted. But before you jump in head first, you need to know what you’re getting into. Inspections will need to take place. You’ll have to learn about the foundation, the roof, electrical wiring and in some cases, a septic system. That’s where the topic of this blog hits home - inspecting the septic system.

When properly used and maintained, a septic tank system can work very well and shouldn’t give you any concerns from buying your dream home. But just like any other inspection, you should check to see the condition of the septic system to avoid any potential costs and headaches.

There are three things to keep in mind when getting started. 

  • Have questions ready about the septic system
  • Inspect the site
  • Get the system checked by a professional

Some potential questions to ask about the septic system

  • Find out how old the property is.
  • Seems obvious, but ask where the septic system is. If the property owner doesn’t know, that’s a big flag that the system has probably not been well maintained.
  • Ask for details of the installation.
  • Ask when the tank was last pumped.

Looking at the site
Take a walk around the area where the septic tank is located. See if you notice any odorous patches. Patches of greener grass sometimes indicate a problem, especially if the ground there is wet or smelly. Be very careful, especially near areas of subsidence.

Professional inspection
It’s always a good idea to get a professional like Dauenhauer to inspect your system before buying a new home. A local septic tank expert will understand the soil conditions and other factors affecting septic systems in your area.


And as always, if you have any questions or if you need help call your Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.