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Buying a property with a septic tank? Get a drainage survey done before you commit

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Buying a property with off mains drainage, such as a septic tank, sewage treatment plant or cesspit doesn’t have to be stressful – but you do need to know exactly what you are taking on to avoid potentially costly circumstances.

Everyone knows how important it is to get a building survey carried out on any property you’re thinking of buying. After all, nobody wants to take on a property where there might be structural problems with the walls, foundations or roof. But many people overlook the importance of knowing exactly what condition the property’s drainage system is in. And yet this can be just as important to the functioning of the property – and can even be as expensive to fix as structural problems.

If you are buying a property which has its own off mains drainage system, such as a septic tank, cesspit or sewage treatment plant, you will be responsible for the costs of remedying any issues. And it’s not an option to bury your head in the sand when things go wrong, because problems with these drainage systems can cause pollution of the local environment. Because of this, there are various pieces of legislation and regulations about what you can and can’t do – and breaching these means you run the risk of prosecution.

We are the UK's septic tank experts. Why not get us to undertake a drainage survey? You'll either get peace of mind that all is well or know exactly what needs fixing and at what cost. Call us on 0800 028 9903 and we can book you in. UK-wide coverage.

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