Hi...the answers below are correct - the septic system should be inspected, and there may be county requirements to be satisfied. If you're not already working with a Realtor, I suggest you use a Certified Mountain Area Specialist (CMAS), which is a local designation dealing with some of these type of issues in the mountain communities west of Denver. Give me a call and I'd love to help!
Depending on the County, the seller is required to supply a Use Permit. Often getting this Use permit requires seller to have Septic Inspection. I would check the county site for rules, regulations, listed Inspectors, and expceptions to the Use Permit rule. If you have any more questions walking through the process, I am happy to help.
Other than periodic cleaning/pumping based on usage, you need to knnow if it is sized properly for the number of bedrooms and residents, and know what you can and cannot put into the system; eg. specific soaps and cleanser residues.
When buying a home with a septic system, it is always important to have the system inspected. If at all possible, find out what company has been servicing the system and then obtain the service records to make sure it has been properly serviced, this is especially important for an older system.
You should always have a home inspection done to any home you purchase. I would not rely on just home inspector with a septic tank issue. Getting someone who specializes in sewer and septic issues would be the best idea.
You must find a good Inspector. They will tell you everything you need to know, and how to maintain it too. I can give you a couple of inspectors with septic tank knowledge, just let me know. Yoli @ 303.748.6559
You need to have it inspected! There are companies that just do inspections of the systems. It is the buyers responsibility to investigate. Ask for documentation from the seller of servicing done on the system as well. Best of luck with your purchase and if you need further help just let me know as I'm here to help!
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