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Old 06-07-2014, 07:48 PM
 
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We finally found the house of our dreams in Heath. It's on a little over an acre and we noticed it has an aerobic septic rank. I've done a fair amount of research however i don't think it will be a deal breaker. I'm just curious of others experiences with septic tanks as I have never had one. This will be our first house also.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Colleyville
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Been on septic since 2008 with no major issues. Neither of us had grown up on septic but researched it before and listened to the advice of neighbors and friends who had. You are required to have it monitored (in our county at least) and the alarm will let you know if it is time to have it pumped. We are actually on septic and well and despite all the bad people have to say- we have had no major issues at all. Sad to leave these things actually! We are doing the opposite of you and are headed back to the city. Definitely do make sure it is inspected thoroughly by someone who is familiar with these systems!
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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Aerobic systems are very efficient, but avoid dumping a bunch of food down the disposal. Keeps the yard watered, at least around the sprinkler head. You will have to maintain a service contract per state law-seller will have the name of the contract provider.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Septic systems are very easy to maintain and when properly installed, treated (your usage), and maintained they are not an issue. I have a septic system that has run pretty much flawlessly for the last almost 15 years. Of course I do treat it well and maintain it properly. Unfortunately when you buy a home you never know how the system was treated and maintained. I always recommend to my clients that they have a professional septic company open and pump all tanks, hose them down, and fully inspect the system. When they perform this you have multiple advantages.
  • If any issues are found the company can generally provide a quote for repairs at that time.
  • They can give you an idea of how the system was used (was it abused) by what they see when opening and pumping it.
  • When you move in the system has been pumped so you're starting with clean tanks and can help gauge how often you need to pump them. The septic company can also advise how often to pump based on your family size, lifestyle, etc. They can also provide you with good tips and help on how to best utilize that system.
As a professional Inspector we have limited latitude with what we can do to inspect a system and can not pump tanks without a license. We can give you an idea of the system condition but that is without the benefit of seeing the empty tanks and digging up and uncovering any buried tank lids.



One other item I would recommend that you do is contact the County Health Department. In Heath I would expect it is Rockwall County and their WEB site is Rockwall County-Official Website - Environmental Health Coordinator . They can provide you with information regarding the system such as the make, model, who has the current maintenance contract on it, what you would need to do to transfer the septic system in your name, and very importantly if the system has been properly permitted/licensed as well as if there have been any citations or significant issues with the system. You can contact the current maintenance provider to obtain information on the systems history as far as issues and/or repairs.


Good luck!
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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My parents had one of these systems for 14 years when they lived out in Hunt County, and they never had a problem with it, or ever had to have it pumped out. The sprinklers kept their pasture nice and green!

A few suggestions:
As someone else said, don't use the garbage disposal in the sink for large amounts of food.
Be careful to only use toilet paper and laundry detergent that is OK for septic systems.
If you have a power outage, make sure that the pump for the septic system comes back on when power is restored.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:36 PM
 
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Awesome. Thanks all for the informative advice!! I was actually surprised that heath still had homes on septic tanks.
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