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Things to Check before Buying a Home with a Septic Tank

Septic Services LakelandPosted bySeptic Services LakelandFebruary 7th, 2017

The first thing to do is to ask for the septic tank to be pumped and inspected because inspection can only take place after pumping has been performed. Usually, the seller pays for this. The job will be done by a local professional septic contractor who will also do the inspection. Ask for a written report afterwards.

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A drain field dye test should also be done to ensure that the field is in good working condition. This test involves placing dye in the toilet and flushing it through the septic tank. Typically, the water is run for about one hour, after which the contractor checks the drain field to see if it’s soft and that the dye has come to the surface. Even though this is a simple test, it can prove very helpful.

If you’re thinking of adding any bathrooms or bedrooms, you’ll need to make sure that the septic tank can handle it. If you want to add onto the house, the entire system might need to be replaced. To determine the water flow, run the water for an hour or two. Is their dirt or sand in the bathtub, and how many gallons per minute were there at the beginning of the test, and how many were there after the test?

Lastly, if the pump is old, ask the septic tank contractor to check it, and if necessary, ensure that it’s either serviced or replaced.

At Southeastern Septic LLC, we offer a full range of residential and commercial septic services in the Lakeland area of Florida, including green swamp and real estate inspections. Please contact us for more information.