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Answering New Clients’ Questions About Septic Systems

Following up on the previous post about tips for maintaining your septic system. Here is a post explaining more about what is a septic system.

Moving to a new area is an exciting yet overwhelming experience, especially when it comes to understanding the intricacies of local infrastructure and utilities. For many prospective homeowners, particularly those moving to rural or suburban areas, questions about septic systems often arise. As a realtor, being well-equipped to address these queries can instill confidence in your clients and streamline the home buying process. Let’s explore some common questions new clients may have about septic systems and how you can provide them with the answers they need.

1. What exactly is a septic system, and how does it differ from a municipal sewer system?

Start by explaining the fundamental difference between septic systems and municipal sewer systems. Highlight that while municipal sewer systems are centralized and managed by local authorities, septic systems are decentralized, on-site wastewater treatment systems typically used in areas without access to public sewers. Emphasize that septic systems rely on natural processes to treat and dispose of household wastewater.

2. What should I know about maintaining a septic system?

Educate your clients about the importance of regular maintenance to ensure the proper functioning of their septic system. Discuss the necessity of periodic inspections by qualified professionals, as well as the importance of pumping out the septic tank to remove accumulated solids. Provide them with resources or recommendations for local septic service providers who can assist them with maintenance tasks.

3. Are there any restrictions or regulations regarding septic systems in this area?

Inform your clients about any local regulations or ordinances pertaining to septic systems in the area where they’re considering purchasing a home. This may include zoning requirements, setback regulations, or specific guidelines for the installation and maintenance of septic systems. Assure them that adhering to these regulations is essential for compliance and environmental protection.

4. How can I determine if a property has a septic system?

Guide your clients on how to identify whether a property is serviced by a septic system. Explain that septic systems are typically indicated on property listings, but they can also look for clues such as the absence of sewer connections, the presence of a septic tank access point in the yard, or information provided in the property disclosure statement.

5. What are the signs of septic system problems, and how can they be addressed?

Help your clients recognize potential red flags indicating septic system issues, such as slow drains, foul odors, soggy or flooded drain fields, or sewage backups in the home. Stress the importance of addressing these issues promptly to prevent further damage to the system and potential health hazards. Provide guidance on contacting a septic professional for troubleshooting and repairs.


Navigating the complexities of septic systems can be daunting for new homebuyers, but having us as your realtor we can help alleviate their concerns and empower you with the information needed to make informed decisions.

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