Here’s What You Should Know About Buying a Home With a Septic Tank

Septic tank in the backyard of a residential property Are you thinking of buying a North Carolina home with a septic tank? What should you know ahead of time?

Septic System Process

Septic systems involve a system of pipes taking wastewater from your home’s toilets, washing machine, sinks, showers, etc., and depositing that water into a giant underground tank where heavy solids settle at the bottom and form a “sludge” layer. Lighter materials go toward the top of the tank and form a scum layer. Liquid waste water is in between the two and known as effluent. Thanks to pipes, the effluent moves out of the tank and into a nearby drain field of soil or gravel, which filters bad bacteria as the effluent flows through it. Basically, your septic system gets rid of your wastewater in an environmentally-friendly way.

The Benefits of Having a Septic System

Why have a septic system? Well, it doesn’t involve a monthly utility bill like a municipal sewer system, and the system tends to maintain itself so you don’t have to! Every now and then, you might need to get your tank cleaned (pumped) out. You don’t want to experience sewage backup in your home. Tree roots can interfere with sewer lines. Storm drainage can overwhelm the system. Old age and cracks can also cause problems.

Professional Inspections Are Key

Before you move into a home that uses a septic system, have a proper and professional septic inspection done so you know how well (or not) the current system is working. Ask the professional for some signs you have a bad system, which can include toilets taking a long time to flush or your drains seem to be backing up.

Based out of Concord, NC, and serving the Greater Charlotte region, Carolina Septic Pro can inspect your septic system before you move into your home. Carolina Septic Pro handles inspections, installations, maintenance, repairs, and pump outs. Please call 980-500-1022 for more info or to schedule an appointment.