Should I Buy a House With a Septic Tank?

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  • Everyone has to dispose of their wastewater somehow. In urban areas, the city usually takes care of this, but in suburban and rural areas, septic tanks can be common, which can expand your options when buying a home. While cities charge residents a sewage fee, homes with septic systems do not pay this, which can save the family some money every month.

Maintenance is Necessary

  • As a homeowner, you'll be responsible for the upkeep and repair of your septic system. It needs to be pumped out every three to five years to prevent a backup. If you ever smell a foul odor in your home or yard or if you see muddy soil in your yard, the damage could already be done; preventative maintenance is key.

Bottom Line

  • Only buy a home with a septic system if you're willing to pump your septic tank every few years. Pumping is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared with replacing a system that fails, and it can save you some money on a monthly basis by not paying sewage fees.

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