Finding the Well & Septic system
A rural property is typically serviced by a private well and septic system, which may not be areas of knowledge common for all home buyers. Potential home buyers can both educate and protect themselves and their future investment by doing their homework and identifying what is onsite, and in what condition.
Make sure to request records and blue prints, as well as any service, maintenance and performance history.
A modern well, or a drilled well, is usually easily found as most typically come above ground-level and can be identified by a steel pipe and cap. A well may also be ‘dug’ or ‘bored’, in which case it may constructed of concrete well tiles. Septic systems may be more difficult to locate as they are typically buried underground, and may be out-dated without access risers to grade.
Ask a professional
Whether you’re buying or selling a property, you can always ask a professional to provide you with the information you need. Installers and service providers can be valuable sources of information. Protect yourself from unexpected problems or expenses when buying or selling a rural property. Consult our Membership Directory to find a professional in your area.