can be an efficient and cost-effective way to treat wastewater. However,
unlike sewer systems, they must be maintained by their owners. Hundreds
of thousands of septic systems fail each year. If you are considering buying
a house that is not on conventional sewer systems, pay particular attention
to the home's septic system. It can cost from $3,000 to $15,000 or more
to replace a faulty system, depending on site conditions.
If you are buying a new
house, make sure the system is designed properly and that it has been inspected
by the county health department. If you're purchasing an existing
home, your concern is with the present condition of the system, and the
possibility of future expenses to make needed repairs. You will probably
have your home examined by a private inspector -- but septic tests are
usually beyond the scope of most professional home inspectors. You
may have to pay extra for a qualified septic system analysis.