Four Things You Want To Know When You Buy A Home With No Sewer Or Water Service

3 December 2014
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you are buying a home that is located away from some of the city services like sewer and water systems, you need to have things like water wells and septic systems. When you are buying a home, you will want to know what these systems consist of, when they have been serviced, and other important information. If you are buying a home with a septic system and well service, here are four things that you will want to know before you buy your home:

1. The Location Of The Water Well

The location of the water well on your property is important. It should be located a safe distance away from any septic tanks and drain fields. It should also be close enough to your home for quick access to do repairs and maintenance. The closer the well is to your home, the less it will cost to have things like new plumbing or other utilities installed for your home.

2. The Location Of The Septic System

It is also important to know the location of the septic system when you buy a home. You will want to know this to have things like servicing of the septic tank done, repairing and pumping the tanks before you move in. To find the tank, you can use a metal probe to poke the ground. When you hit something solid, this is the tank. Most septic tanks will have a lid on one end that is higher than the tank. To make it easier to have servicing done, you can use surveying spray paint to mark the tank and the approximate location of the service lid.

3. Filtration System Installed On The Well

With many water wells on rural property, the water can be high in mineral contents. Older wells can also have a problem with contamination or bacteria. This is why it is a good idea to have a filtration system installed. Before you buy a home with a water well, ask about the filtration system. If the home does not have a filtration system, you may want to consider budgeting to have one installed before you move into your home. This will ensure that you have good water quality when you move in.

4. The Service Records For The Septic System

There are many different types of septic systems that are installed in rural homes. All of them have one thing in common; they need to have regular maintenance done to them. You may want to ask for service records for the home you are planning on buying. To start on a clean slate, you can contact a septic pumping service to pump the tank before you move in, as well as inspect all the working parts of your septic system.

These are some things that you will want to know when you buy a home without sewer or water service. If the septic system for your new home needs to be pumped, contact a septic service, such as Hughes Backhoe Services, to have it pumped and inspected for any problems it may have.