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.
Conventional septic systems can function very well with minimal care. In fact, most septic tanks will only require an inspection and pumping out by a professional every three to five years if they are used properly.
The major reason for safe disposal of sewage is to prevent the spread of disease. If a septic system is properly sited, is working properly, and has been maintained regularly, it will effectively and efficiently remove disease-causing bacteria.
Do not put too much water into the septic system; typical water use is about 50 gallons per day for each person in the family. Do not add materials other than domestic wastewater. Restrict the use of your garbage disposal.
There are a number of different septic systems, each with its own design. The conventional system is the one most commonly used in North Carolina. It consists of three main parts: the septic tank, the drainfield, and the soil beneath the drainfield.