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Old 07-10-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me about the Pocono Mt. Lake estates or the Pocono Mt. Lake Forest?? I had recently looked at houses in both places. Are they good areas?
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:00 PM
 
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Default Other options?

We found a great property which also had a failed perc test... we made an offer contingent on getting a septic permit (to secure the land) and then hired a soil scientist to run the test and design the system (and we ended up w/ a peat moss based system - which is fairly new technology, but more expensive than a traditional system).

In the end - it depends how much you want the land (and how unique the property really is)... but there are likely options.
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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Move on to another property. Water is probably the most destructive force on earth.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:46 PM
 
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I just bought property in show low what does a perk test cost?
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Falls, PA
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A $50.00 bill should get it to perk !!!!! Poconosmama is right, sad to say !!! Thats
how the land around the Lake Winola, Falls area gets perked !!!
If only that were true!!
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Pike County, PA
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Alternative systems won't always work on every property and they are much more expensive than a traditional system.

I really would strongly urge you to find another lot. What happens if you get it to pass now but then...come some wet December, your septic fails/backs up...??

Not giving legal advice here - but that's not a bad idea, to consult a real estate attorney...sometimes in the fever to "save a few bucks" and "spend as little as possible" people end up making mistakes that are very costly, and cost thousands more than it would have to pay a little extra up front to begin with...even if the extra money ended up letting you know that you couldn't use the property.

(Hope that made sense, haven't had my coffee yet. lol)
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Saylorsburg
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We found a great property which also had a failed perc test... we made an offer contingent on getting a septic permit (to secure the land) and then hired a soil scientist to run the test and design the system (and we ended up w/ a peat moss based system - which is fairly new technology, but more expensive than a traditional system).

In the end - it depends how much you want the land (and how unique the property really is)... but there are likely options.

we have a client who came to us to build a home, and have their own lot. When they bought it, they were told that tapping into the community sewer was no problem, until we went to get our building permits. It was at this same time that the community they bought their lot in had just put a moratorium on anything to do with the community sewer, whether that was tapping in, or extending the line. This very much upset the couple, but we told them we'd do everything we could for them, so we ordered a probe and perc test. The first probe failed, and so we also brought in a soil scientist to determine if an alternate (other than sand-mound) system could be used. It was determined through two soil scientists that their lot was approved for a drip irrigation septic design....so it does pay to hire one, just to see if there are any possibilities...that is if you already own or are really wanting a certain property. However, even hiring a soil scientist is no guarantee that your lot will qualify for an alternative system.

Systems such as the drip irrigation or peat moss systems are more costly than a traditional sand mound....but if you have the means, there may be an alternative...
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Northeastern Pa.
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They do perc test in December.
I sat in my tree stand one hunting season and watched a guy haul buckets of water into the woods and dump them in a hole.
I got down and asked him what he was doing. Said perc testing because the property owner next door was thinking of developing.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:44 PM
 
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A perc can be done almost any time of year .. face it for what is being done ..
It must work any and all times of year ... !

I got a nice piece of land .. when I bought it it perced standard and now .. I am leaving the east coast altogether ..
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Old 08-24-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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It was determined through two soil scientists that their lot was approved for a drip irrigation septic design

Systems such as the drip irrigation or peat moss systems are more costly than a traditional sand mound....but if you have the means, there may be an alternative...
With the drip, did they also get away with leaving the trees in place? It was my understanding that was an additional benefit, getting away from the ugly mound... but I've never seen one actually put in, so am wondering if it worked that way in practice.
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