In North Carolina, each county has an Environmental Health Department that keeps record of all documents associated with the permitting of septic systems. Some counties have may allow access to septic system permits through an online database or as a link through the GIS but many counties still keep paper records and will require you to submit a request for information.
Brokers frequently have questions regarding sewer and septic issues and the appropriate number of bedrooms for a listing. If a septic permit is available, the number of bedrooms permitted to be advertised for a listing will be the number of bedrooms as allowed on the septic permit issued by local authorities.
Check the toilets for leaks - a simple toilet leak can easily overload your system. Easily test for toilet leaks by removing the lid and putting a generous amount of food coloring into the back of the toilet. Do not flush! Wait approximately 20 minutes and if the food coloring makes it into the bowl of the toilet, this is an indication that the toilet is leaking.
In our last article on septic systems in Whispering Pines, North Carolina we mentioned how critical it is to maintain our septic systems properly. This is both for the health and safety of the individual homeowner as well as assuring the purity of one of our most treasured natural resources, the eight community lakes that make Whispering Pines, North Carolina so beautiful and sought after as a place to live.
Every home in Whispering Pines, North Carolina has its own private wastewater septic system which consists of a watertight container connected to a drainfield. When properly designed and maintained, it is a both a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to dispose of wastewaters produced in a home's bathroom, kitchen and laundry.