If you are buying a house with a septic tank, then a specialist septic tank survey is essential to make sure that it conforms to the General Binding Rules.
Most people with existing septic tanks do not know about the new regulations. They only come to light when they are trying to sell their house and the buyer's Solicitor insists on a septic tank survey to check the legality of the system. Most of these septic tank systems fail the surveys and the seller is faced with a large bill to replace it with a sewage treatment plant.
It is also important to confirm that it meets the Building Regulations Section H2 and BS 6297 2007.
Solicitors also require the vendor to show the status and location of the septic tank and drainage field but many vendors know very little about their system.
Over 50% of septic tank systems fail the surveys and the buyers have to find alterative methods of sanitation, which is not always possible.
If you are buying a house with a septic tank, ALWAYS have an independent specialist septic tank and drainage survey done before purchase. It can save you a lot of grief and money later.