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What to Keep an Eye on When Closing on a Home with Septic

Closing on a new home is an exciting part of the homebuying process. As you begin wrapping up and inching one step closer to moving in, it’s time to start thinking more about your new home’s septic system. Your first time owning a septic system is frequently a learning experience, so before you finish buying a house with a septic tank, there are certain things to keep an eye on.

Buying a House with a Septic Tank

Maintaining a healthy septic system isn’t as difficult as it seems. Knowing some septic basics saves you some of the stress that comes when maintenance is needed. Eventually, every septic owner needs to contact septic service experts to diagnose, repair, or maintain your system. Utilize these tips to better understand your new septic system and know what to keep an eye out for.

Location of Your Septic System

Closing on a home involves quite a bit of paperwork, but for homes with a septic system, the home inspection paperwork has very helpful information that’s useful for septic service providers and yourself. Also found in your home’s property records, the location of your tank and other necessary components come in handy when it’s time for maintenance or to better understand where to avoid when landscaping.

If you don’t receive these documents during closing or they’re lost along the way, septic experts who have serviced your property in the past may be able to help you and often offer services that locate your septic system.  Another way to research the septic location on your property is to call your local health department.  They are usually the government department responsible for any inspections or permitting and licenses associated with residential septic systems.

Septic Tank Pumping Schedule

Finding the perfect septic tank pumping schedule depends on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your home, the frequency in which you use sinks, toilets, showers, washing machines, etc., whether the home has a garbage disposal, and the size of the septic tank itself. As your septic tank fills with solids, it needs pumping to avoid backup and other unpleasant effects of septic system failure. 

If you don’t know the optimal pumping schedule for your new home, we have experience in providing consultation and creating the perfect schedule for your specific situation.  If you don’t have the history on your septic, you should be able to reach out to the department of health for milestone dates, and if we serviced your property – we will have the service history on your property to provide.  Also, it is customary (and in some places required by regulations) to pump the septic system as a property transfers ownership, so if you did not see this itemized in your closing documentation – call to verify with your closing agents or call us to get this done.

Septic Specific Products and Practices

There are certain products and actions to avoid when using a septic system that aren’t common knowledge. For instance, garbage disposals add unnecessary solids to your tank, which in turn fills it quickly and requires more frequent pumping. Also, antibacterial cleaning products kill the helpful bacteria in your tank that break down solids. Avoid using any products that are not explicitly identified as septic safe to keep your system running at optimal efficiency. 

Read up on the recommended septic tips, which saves homeowners the stress of needing repairs or more frequent maintenance. 

Best Septic Service Provider in Your Area

It is best to check out the service providers in your area because you should know what you are getting when you pay your bill.  It is imperative that you know the pumping service will leave your property with the lid safely secured, provide you proof of service and leave your property in as pristine condition as possible when your service is completed. It is important to be sure your provider has a good reputation with local regulatory bodies to be sure they are properly handling, transporting and treating the septic when they leave your property.  With septic services in over 16 states, Wind River Environmental offers everything you need for your new home’s septic system and maintains the highest standards that exceed requirements for all of our own treatment facilities.

Our expert local technicians are here to keep your septic system safe and running as efficiently as possible. They have lived and served each local community throughout their career, and sometimes have multiple generations of family working with them to maintain their good reputation.  Sign up on our website to schedule any services – or call us at (877) 560-9007. If you have any questions about keeping your seasonal property’s septic system healthy, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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