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Buying a Property with a Septic System: What You Need to Know


Buying a property is a significant investment, and when it comes to properties with septic systems, there are important considerations that buyers should be aware of. Septic systems are a common alternative to municipal sewer systems, especially in rural and suburban areas. Understanding how these systems work, their maintenance requirements, potential issues, and the impact on property value is crucial before making a purchase decision. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide to buying a property with a septic system, covering key aspects that every buyer should know.

Understanding Septic Systems

A septic system is an on-site wastewater treatment system commonly used in areas without access to public sewers. It consists of a septic tank, a distribution box, drain field or leach field, and various pipes connecting them. The septic tank collects and decomposes solid waste, while the effluent is released into the drain field, where it is filtered and naturally treated by the soil.

Evaluating the Health of the Septic System

Before buying a property with a septic system, it’s important to evaluate the health and functionality of the system. Hiring a professional septic inspector can help identify any existing issues, such as leaks, blockages, or system failures. They will examine the tank, check for proper drainage, inspect the drain field, and assess the overall condition of the system.

Maintenance and Care

Septic systems require regular maintenance and care to ensure their proper functioning. As a homeowner, you’ll need to be mindful of what you flush down the drains and toilets to avoid clogging the system. Routine pumping of the septic tank is necessary to remove accumulated sludge and prevent potential issues. It’s recommended to have the tank pumped every 3 to 5 years, although frequency may vary based on household size and water usage.

Potential Issues and Repairs

Septic systems can face various issues over time, such as drain field saturation, clogs, tree root intrusion, or septic tank cracks. Understanding the signs of potential problems, such as slow drains, foul odors, or sewage backups, is crucial. Addressing issues promptly is important to prevent further damage and expensive repairs. Having an emergency fund specifically allocated for septic system repairs can provide peace of mind.

Impact on Property Value

The presence of a septic system can affect the value of a property. While some buyers may be hesitant due to maintenance responsibilities, others may appreciate the privacy and lower utility costs associated with septic systems. It’s essential to research the local real estate market to gauge how septic systems impact property values in the area you’re considering.


Buying a property with a septic system requires careful consideration and understanding of the system’s functioning, maintenance requirements, potential issues, and impact on property value. By evaluating the health of the septic system before purchasing, ensuring proper maintenance, and being prepared for potential repairs, buyers can make informed decisions. Consulting with professionals, such as septic inspectors or real estate agents experienced with septic systems, can provide invaluable guidance throughout the buying process. Ultimately, with the right knowledge and proactive approach, owning a property with a septic system can be a rewarding and environmentally friendly choice.

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Josh Mentesana


Josh has been involved in real estate and construction project management for over 10 years in Florida and Arizona. Prior to moving to Arizona in 2018, Josh was also licensed in general lines insurance including life, health, and annuity for 5 years in Florida.

When family ties brought him to southern Arizona, Josh recognized the incredible growth potential of the market around him and began fixing and flipping houses. Fixing and flipping turned to fixing and holding and the pursuit of larger development projects. He was also fortunate to serve many wonderful buyers and sellers, and to establish long-standing relationships with multiple investors during that time.

A few years and several millions of dollars in real estate transactions later, Josh decided to open a brokerage with the goal of helping others accomplish their goals and find financial freedom through real estate.

Josh lives in Sonoita, Arizona with his wife and business partner, Kathryn. Josh and Kathryn have fallen in love with the Sonoita/Elgin area with its rolling hills, mountain views, breathtaking sunsets, and of course, incredible vineyards and wineries.

Outside of business, Josh is an accomplished martial artist. He holds a second-degree black belt in Krav Maga (Israeli combat). Josh carries the core values of Krav Maga, courtesy, modesty, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and the indominable spirit in every area of his life. It has been his privilege to train hundreds of adults and children in his nearly 20 years of practice.

Kathryn Mentesana

Acquisitions Manager

Kathryn brings over a decade of marketing, technology, sales, and contracting experience to the brokerage. After graduating with honors from the University of Florida, she began working in digital marketing with a focus on automotive and hotel groups for several years before being drawn to technology for real estate and construction.

That draw led Kathryn to work in software for REITs and serial builders, most notably with e-Builder, Inc., a Trimble Technologies company, and Aurigo Software Inc. Kathryn focused primarily on helping developers, state, and federal government agencies manage multibillion-dollar capital programs with capital planning, project management, right-of-way, materials and lab testing, and asset management software.

Josh and Kathryn believe that their shared passion for construction and real estate is one of the many reasons they were drawn to each other. After a year of dating long-distance, Kathryn moved to Arizona in 2018 where she and Josh were later married. She assisted Josh with strategic real estate acquisitions for 3 years before taking on her role as Acquisitions Manager with Red Tail Real Estate.

Outside of work, Kathryn loves sports and spending time outdoors. She was a fastpitch softball player for over 10 years and played in the winning ASA World Series game in Olympia, WA. She loves to SCUBA dive, although it’s a little difficult in Arizona, so she’s getting much more into hiking and bird watching.