Steps to Take When Buying a Home in Miami, Florida With a Septic Tank
Commonly when buying a new home, inspectors will search and test to ensure that there will not be any hidden costs. Purchasing a home with a septic tank leaves a lot up to chance if the proper steps are not taken due to the fact that the system is buried. Inspections and tests on a septic tank will only reveal so much. Make sure to cover all your bases by following our step-by-step guide. Follow the links if you would like more details.
A septic system is also referred to as a septic waste system, sewage systems, water sewage systems, and Roman sewage systems. All the terms used refer to an onsite system that holds and separates sewage waste from its liquid effluent that is treated and disposed of in a variety of ways that will be discussed later in this article.
The order the steps are performed is strategic and therefore necessary for providing proper results. For example, do not pump the tank before performing a septic loading and dye test.
See HOME BUYER’S SEPTIC TEST for more detailed information on steps 1, 2, 3 in this list.
Inquire on the details of the septic tank – Where is the septic system located? What type of system has been installed? What is the service and repair history of the septic system? These are all good questions to direct to the current owners. If they don’t know where the septic system is located, be sure to ask how long they have lived in the home.
Inspect the septic tank site – for signs of concern. If the owners are not sure where the septic tank is located, then it is highly likely that the system has not been regularly maintained. Regular pumpouts play a crucial part in septic system maintenance and septic system life preservation.
If you need assistance finding the septic tank see SEPTIC TANK, HOW TO FIND. For everyone’s safety, after finding the septic tank make sure there is no evidence of collapse or subsidence on the property. Be sure that the cover is properly occupying the septic tank, cesspool, or drywall to ensure that no one can fall into the tank.
For more details, see SEPTIC TANK COVERS.
Perform a Septic Loading & Dye Test to see if it shows fault in the septic system. Hire a home inspector who knows how to perform this test to complete this step.
See SEPTIC DYE TEST WARNINGS for more information about what issues can arise during testing and what can create inaccurate test results
Or SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTION & TEST GUIDE for complete details on how to perform a septic system test.
Pump the Septic Tank and inspect for additional clues, depending on what you learned at 1,2,3. Abnormal sewage levels in the septic tank can be a strong indicator of a problem with the septic system.
See SEPTIC TANK PUMPOUT TIMING ERRORS for details on pumpout timing
Watch out: don’t pump a septic tank before the septic test: doing so will prevent a valid septic loading & dye test.
See SEWAGE LEVELS in SEPTIC TANKS for an explanation on how to interpret the meaning of high or low sewage levels in the septic tank as well as thick or thin scum or sludge levels.
See SEPTIC TANK PUMPING SCHEDULE for details on general septic tank maintenance.
Additional Septic System Physical Investigation might be necessary if any of the previous steps produce abnormal test results.
Acquire Outside Information about the septic system: In order to be thorough see
Contact neighbors about their septic systems to seek advice on handling neighboring septic system odors or seepage. Also look for encroachment onto the property you are buying.
See NEIGHBORING SEPTIC SYSTEM PROBLEMS for more detailed information.
For a more detailed form of this article see HOME BUYER’S SEPTIC TEST.