Buying a home in Colorado Springs is an exciting experience, and many of today’s home buyers and coming from out of state. Few families who’ve relocated to Colorado Springs know that a large percentage of the homes in town (especially on the west-end) are quite old.
The age old saying, “never judge a book by its cover,” holds true when shopping for houses, too. Whatever end of town you plan to buy a home, requesting a full inspection on the property’s structure, electrical, and plumbing system is always a good idea.
A lot of Colorado Springs residents use septic tanks for their wastewater disposal. Unlike homes that are connected to public sewer systems, where the municipal government owns and maintains them, homeowners with a septic tank are responsible for their care and maintenance. Proper septic tank care is critical because if the tank leaks or overflows, the surrounding soil becomes contaminated and becomes a major health hazard for the surrounding area.
While it’s always better for a professional septic tank repair service to perform the maintenance and regular inspections, there are some smaller tasks that homeowners can do to keep their septic tank in good working order.
Rain is often a welcome site in the arid climate of Colorado Springs, but if your sump pump isn't working, the potential for flooding can be a hazard you aren't prepared to face. If you live in a home with a basement in Colorado Springs, then you probably already know how important a sump pump is. A sump pump discharges the water that collects in the sump basin of the house, typically in the basement, and is usually the only thing standing between your basement/crawl space staying dry during a rainstorm or flooding - resulting in costly repairs.
Don’t neglect your house’s sewer line!
Many residents in Colorado Springs focus on the plumbing in their home, like toilets, sinks and appliances. But many people don’t think about the sewer line that takes their waste from their house to the municipal sewer line. The line that connects the two is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain. The two biggest problems homeowners face with their main sewer line are clogs and breaks.
Most homeowners believe that proper maintenance of the sewer lines are the responsibility of the municipality where they live. However, homeowners are actually responsible for the portion of the sewer line that runs from your house to the main line under the street. This means that any damage to that branch of the sewer line, whether it’s a broken or clogged pipe, is the responsibility of the homeowner to repair and maintain. Having a sewer line inspection done can help you diagnose any potential issues with your sewer system so that the proper area can be replaced or repaired.