Buying a new home is an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful experience. With so many different tasks to tick off the checklist, ensuring a thorough septic tank inspection has been carried out should certainly not fall under the radar. Prospective buyers usually hire a professional to inspect the property, which includes the structure of the house and surrounding area, including a possible septic tank system. When purchasing a house with a private wastewater system, there is certain information about the system that must be known in order to prevent serious problems down the line. We’ve put together some expert advice for new homeowners in possession of a private septic tank system. 


What to ask your retailer about the Septic Tank

Once you know that there is a private wastewater system with your new home, there are a number of questions that must be answered in order to facilitate a smooth transition between owners. Basic details regarding the make, manufacturer and age of the septic tank should be known. The date of the most recent maintenance service, including when the tank was last pumped is also essential to know. Generally, septic tanks should be pumped every 2-3 years. Any problems that have been fixed in the past should also be made aware of. Similarly, if you are selling your house, it is a good idea to have the answers to these questions ready for potential buyers.


Septic Tank Registration

Another important piece of information to know is regarding the registration of the septic tank. In Ireland, all domestic wastewater treatment systems must be registered with your local authority. Registration requires a €50 fee, and you could potentially be fined up to €5,000 for non-compliance with these regulations. Wastewater treatment systems can be registered at where the relevant fee can also be paid online.


Septic Tank Inspection Company

Our final piece of advice for buying a new home with a private wastewater system is to ensure that the septic tank is inspected by a trained professional. Septic tank maintenance and inspections should always be carried out by trained professionals as they possess the required equipment and knowledge to properly look after a wastewater system. If you’re in the process of purchasing a new home, contact our septic tank specialists here at Carlow Concrete Tanks to have your new wastewater system properly inspected.

Contact us at Carlow Concrete Tanks on 059 9159100 or email us at for a free consultation today.