Buying a home with a septic system? CSI tells you what to know before buying a house with a septic system: Get a septic system inspection!
New Jersey home buyers beware – what you can’t see can hurt you, and your wallet. Though the septic system of a home is primarily out of sight, it shouldn’t be kept out of mind because it can lead to big trouble when there’s a problem. New Jersey’s own Classic Septic Inspection advises all home buyers to get a septic inspection done on any potential home before purchasing.
The septic system of a house sees repeated daily use, so it should be scrutinized with the same thoroughness as a home’s heating, roof, or electrical wiring. It’s easy to overlook it, particularly when the toilet seems to flush and the sink seems to drain, but septic system problems are messy in every sense of the word. There’s the incalculable inconvenience of not being able to use the water in your own home – who wants to get ready for work at the New Jersey state rest stop down the road? There’s the potential for a nasty sewage backup into the yard or basement. And there are the possible financial costs: it’s common for septic repair bills to reach four or even five figures.
Another issue that faces potential homeowners buying a house with a septic system is compliance with local codes. This is especially true in rural New Jersey or in the suburbs, where many of the septic systems are decades old and possibly predate existing codes. This can lead to fines, or require excavation to update the system – a costly endeavor indeed. These older septic systems may also be on the verge of wearing out, or unable to handle the water requirements of a modern family. A septic inspection will bring any of these issues to light, and smart home buyers will have one done on any property in which they’re seriously interested.
When it comes to the septic system, it’s better to be disappointed before a home purchase than surprised after one.
If you are buying a house with a septic system and want to insure it is working properly, schedule a septic inspection today or call our office at 973-900-1330.
Classic Septic Inspections does not do septic system repairs. We are strictly an inspection company. What that means for you is that you get an honest evaluation of your septic system. We have nothing to gain if your system needs repair or maintenance. We simply inspect your system to help keep your home environment healthy and free of septic hazards.
For more information on septic inspections in NJ, call our team at 973-900-1330.