Septic tank systems can affect the resale value of your home. A poorly functioning septic tank system can lower the value of your home and drive away potential home buyers because they may not want to deal with the expense and time it will take to fix or improve the septic system. If you are looking to maximize the resale value of your home, there are a number of things you can do to improve the septic tank system.
Septic Tank Pump: Before you begin bringing potential home buyers to your home, you should have the septic system pumped by a professional to get rid of accumulated sludge that can cause the septic system to stop working properly. You should also have the system inspected to make sure there are no problems with the system such as leaks, damaged pipes, poor mechanical components…etc. If there are any problems, you should get them fixed before you put your home on the market.
Consider Acquiring a Sewage-Ejector Systems: These systems use the septic tank system to collect waste water using the help of gravity before it is pumped out. The advantage of Sewage-Ejector Systems is they allow homeowners to keep water fixtures such as sinks, toilets, and showers at a normal floor-level which maximizes comfort and space
Maintain Your Drain Field: Make sure you have properly cared for your drain field. This includes keeping tree roots and shrubs away from the drain field to prevent clogs and damage to the drain field. As well, do not drive or park vehicles over the septic system because it will compact the soil in the drain field. It can also cause damage to the tank, pipes, and other septic system components. Keep sump pump drains, roof drains, and other surface water drainage systems away from the drain field because it can cause flooding of the drain field which can affect the treatment process and even cause waste water to backup in the plumbing system. Drains such as floor drains, garage drains, roof drains…etc, should be routed away from the home and drain field.
Septic Tank Care: There are a number of things you can do to keep your septic tank in good working order. Regularly adding bacterial additives will increase the digestion and breakdown of sludge, bio-solids, and scum. You can also install an effluent filter. This is a filter that is installed at the septic tank’s outlet. The benefit is that it will improve the quality of effluent discharged into the drain field. Sand and Wood Chip Filters are two types of effluent filters. They are placed between the septic tank and drain field bed to improve the quality of the effluent discharges that go into the drain field. Aerobic Treatment Units are another good choice. These devices are installed either before or after the septic tank. Air is pumped into the waste to boost aerobic microbe activity. A mechanical pump is used for aeration. The benefit is that it improves the quality of the effluent and extends the drain field bed life.
Whether you plan to sell your home or you just want to maximize its value, it is important to consider improving the septic system. A properly functioning septic system will definitely please potential home buyers and increase the resale value of your home.