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Old 05-21-2013, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
Yeah, just throw all that trash into the sewer system where it magically disappears...

That's what I was thinking! That's why there are traces of all kinds of prescription meds in drinking water! (at least, in big cities, not sure about here)
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:20 AM
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It has been my experince that most of the septic tank people are not very honest (even if the owner is honest, figure the ones in the truck are often x-cons). If you have a problem (any problem), the less-honest ones (that is most) will scare you to death and threaten to report you to the health dept. and say you need a new drainfield, or chemical treatment, or some sort of preassure cleaning of the sytstem. Even if it is a clog, or a $5 broken pipe. Now, when I have a problem that requires that the system be pumped, I have my plumber (I have multiple properties) out there to keep the septic people honest. It has saved me literally thousands of dollars. Even for a routine pumping, some will quote a price, but find a reason to charge a higher price (actually this really doesn't really bother me much --I can understand someone that has to deal with SH** finding a way to charge an extra $100, but when it gets into the thousands--well that is messed up).
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:48 PM
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Sorry to bump old thread but was just researching about having a septic as I am buying my first home and wanted to learn a bit, and I came across this thread.

Basically, what I got from it is:
  1. You shouldn't have a problem, if you maintain it.
  2. But IF something does go wrong (which happens) it could be a significant cost
  3. Just the thought/idea behind having a septic system is just unpleasant in itself.

Also, I got from this thread to obtain this "Onsite Sewage Inspection Report" which should have been filed when the septic was installed. So, I call up the county health department and request it. They send this to me in an email:

I don't see where to find the number of bedrooms the system was approved for, like the post from this thread I linked to said to look for. It says "page 3 of 3" so did I not receive something here?

I'm a bit nervous and turned off by not being hooked into city sewer but I won't let it stop me from buying a home that otherwise is a good fit.

Both homes I am interested in at the moment have a septic. One home was built in 2005 and the other in 1975.
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