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Should I Buy a Home with a Septic System?

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Should I buy a home with a septic system?

Chances are if you are in the market for a new home, you probably are not filtering your searches by septic systems vs. city sewer. So what happens if you find the home of your dreams but it’s on a septic system? Should that deter you from making an offer?

The answer is no, but it does mean that you have one more thing that should be inspected during your option period.

Septic systems are on the rise

San Antonio and the Hill Country are growing, and many new homes are being built where there is not yet city sewer available. Waste has to go somewhere, so most of these homes end up with septic systems.

We find that some buyers are leery of septic systems, mainly because they are not familiar with them.

That’s where finding a qualified inspector to do a throughout inspection is key.

Get the septic system inspected

When buying a home — new or old — that uses a septic system, knowledge is power. The more you know about the system, the better-informed decisions you can make.

Due to recent regulation changes, septic repairs may actually mean needing an entirely new system. It’s worth the investment to do a thorough inspection on a home’s septic system so you know what you are buying.

Not sure how to find a dependable professional? Here are some questions to ask when hiring a septic inspector.

Don’t be afraid of septic systems

Septic systems require more maintenance than being on city sewer, but following proper maintenance practices will help with the longevity of your septic system.

Here are some simple septic maintenance tips to keep in mind if you do move forward with a home that is serviced by a septic inspection.


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