What should I check if I’m buying or selling a property served by a Septic Tank or Sewage Treatment Plant?
Whether you are aware of the terminology or not, a pre-purchase drainage survey is a must for anyone buying or selling a property which is not connected to a normal sewage system. Anyone who owns a property or is looking to buy a property with a septic tank or sewage treatment plant must undergo additional checks to the basic survey requirement as part of a mortgage process.
The general home buyers house survey does not cover checks on such systems and here at Croft Drainage we have seen many a client stung by additional costs uncovered after a sale of a house has gone through. Septic tank repairs can cost upwards of £5,000 which you, as the new owner would be responsible for if not spotted before contracts are exchanged.
Whether you are moving to, or selling a property that has a septic tank or sewage treatment plant, it is important you understand the condition the existing system is in. We undertake a pre-purchase drainage survey in Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas. Things you need to consider during a pre-purchase drainage survey are:
- Is there evidence that the seller has had the system maintained by an accredited engineer (for example British Water). Has it been regularly desludged by an authorised waste carrier? With receipts to prove this?
- Proof that the system is in good structural order and there isn’t any history of problems?
- Proof the drainage is functioning correctly?
- No evidence of flooding or pollution in the garden or surrounding area?
- Proof it adheres to the General binding rules for small sewage discharges (SSDs) with effect from January 2015
Buying a house is probably the largest investment you will ever make. So why cut corners? Check out our Pre-Purchase Drainage Survey Guide here.
We can survey the system and present a full report to you identifying any issues with the system and proposed solutions to the problems. We carry out pre-purchase drainage surveys and buyers septic surveys in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire – Contact us today to organise a drainage survey in Lincolnshire.
As the buyer you need to understand the house drainage system and how to operate and maintain the system. The seller should be able to offer advice on this. We can assist you with this and undertake periodic drainage system maintenance, as well as pre-purchase drainage surveys.
As your building society or bank valuation report is unlikely to cover these aspects adequately we would advise you to arrange a site inspection. To include the house drains, the septic tank or sewage treatment plant and the drainage field where installed.
As well as pre-purchase surveys, if you are a potential buyer of a property with a Septic Tank or a Sewage Treatment Plant, we can undertake a purchaser’s drainage survey. This will detail what is on site and any gaps in the system. It may be the case that the owner of the property you’re looking to purchase is obliged to upgrade the system as part of the sale.