Do not forget to ask about the septic system

The majority of Trumbull County households are on septic systems, believe it or not.

Septic systems must be kept in proper working order as they are a functioning system with components. Because they are outside and underground, the majority of the system, and as the old addage says “out of sight, out of mind.”

If you are a homeowner with a septic system in place, make sure you maintain it regularly. Off-lot systems, for example, must have an operating permit issued by the Trumbull County Combined Health District and a maintenance agreement with a vendor — approved by the health department — who checks your septic system on a predetermined yearly schedule.

On-lot systems use a leaching system, normally. On-lot systems normally have less mechanical components than an off-lot system, but on-lot systems also need some regular maintenance.

In Trumbull County, all real estate transactions involving a residence using a septic system, the septic system must have an inspection by the health department prior to closing. Just an FYI, there are some exclusions to the required inspection rule, and those exclusions can be obtained from the Trumbull County Combined Health District’s website.

The staff at the Trumbull County health department does an amazing job. They are helpful, knowledgeable and patient.

In closing, understanding the process and other elements for a septic system point-of-sale inspection is something we as Realtors can assist with by answering questions that may arise before you put your home on the market, during the marketing of your home or even after the sale of your home. We are here to help you with the process.

Marlin Palich is the 2019 president of the Warren Area Board of Realtors.