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Old 04-17-2014, 06:16 PM
 
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Hello all!
I just got my test results for an inspection I had on the well... The hardness levels have me a little nervous..

ODOR NONE
TURBIDITY 0
COLOR 0
PH 7.37
NITRITE NITROGEN < 0.001
NITRATE NITROGEN < 1.00
CHLORIDE 30 mg/l
HARDNESS 188 mg/l
IRON < 0.05 mg/l
MANGANESE < 0.01 mg/l
SODIUM 12.7 mg/l
SULFATE 18.6 mg/l

I'm going to be renting out to 3 friends as well, is this hardness level a problem for day to day life? Any ruining clothes or complaints about showers? It has a 4 gpm well flow.

Also, the septic system is from 1967, with an inspection tomorrow. The original inspection the guy couldnt get to the D-Box because it was underneath a deck (). The seller hired a carpenter to take some panels off to allow the septic inspector to look at the leech fields tomorrow. Should I expect the life of the system to becoming to an end? I'm told a new septic system is extremely expensive, and at this point with my luck it would happen. What if he says the septic system is good? Thanks for all your input!
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: SWCT, close to coast
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No idea but while your at it don't forget the radon test if you have oil tanks
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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Yes, that's pretty hard. I don't think your hair will ever look good Lol! JK
Seriously though, you could always look into a water softening system.
I would be more concerned with the age of the septic system. It would seem a 47 year old system is nearing its end. Honestly I never heard of one lasting that long, but I'm sure they sometimes do. I wouldn't count on getting too many more years out of it though.

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Old 04-17-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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I'd ask for a second opinion if a 47 year old septic system is okayed. Even if it's okay, I can't imagine it would last that much longer.

From what I understand, you (or the seller) could be looking at $20,000 to $30,000 to replace.
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: West End-Hartford
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I've seen a 50 year septic system, but that was really pushing it. Cost of replacement often depends on the type of soil. I had a buyer get a new septic system from a seller a few years ago and it cost the seller ~$10K. That's on the low end though. They typically won't know how much it's going to cost until they pull soil samples.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:00 PM
 
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There's a ton of clay in this yard, so I'm guessing it would even be considerably more to replace. Ugh, this is all too much. What happens if the septic guy says the current system is acceptable? Can I say I want a new system to be paid on the sellers end? The house isnt being sold as is, but still, an almost 50 year old septic system is ridiculous.
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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If the septic is working and does not need any components of the system fixed, you can't ask them to replace the septic.
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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The septic holds water when running a ton of water, the d-box needs to be replaced due to it somewhat caved in, and I have to lose a portion of the deck because the original owner didnt pull a permit to build. I'm asking for a discounted price off the sale, with anticipation to fully install a new system right after closing.

Anyone know how to find out where my well is located? It is not visible...
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Northern Fairfield Co.
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The town health department must have a record of this. I think by law it has to be a minimum of 75 feet away from the septic (unless some sort of weird variance was granted, in which case that would give me pause for concern personally -- any chance mixing of those 2 = gross). Go to town hall and pull the records. Ask someone from the sanitarian's office to sit with you and explain if necessary. Too important not to IMO

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Old 04-21-2014, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Central Connecticut
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If the seller can't help, the Town files (health dept. or building dept.) might have a well log or site plan that shows the location. The CT Dept. of Consumer Protection might also have a we'll log, but you need to know what year the well was installed.
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