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Old 06-29-2009, 10:58 AM
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We are relocating to Orlando, FL in couple months. We are looking to buy a home with well water and a septic system.

(1) What would be the cost to maintain the well and septic system?
(2) How many times do you empty the septic tank?
(3) What is the cost to empty the tank?
(4) Any additional septic system cost we should be aware of?
(5) Do you pay any sewer cost in your tax?
(6) What are the cost of the well (maintenance, chlorine, etc.)?
(7) Any additional info/warnings/comments/opinions about owning a home with a well and septic system?

And the big question:
Is drinking underground well water safe?
Is using a septic system safe?

Thanks much in advance for your help guys,
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Old 06-29-2009, 04:51 PM
Location: Asheville, NC
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I have well and septic. We built our house new and have been here 5 years. I have yet to empty the tank. I've heard of ppl doing it once a year. From what I've been told, it costs around $200. There are no additional charges in your taxes. The well water can be rusty, therfore we put in a water softner for about a $1000. (Very well worth it) It takes salt that costs about $6 a bag. We are a family of 4 and use about 2 bags a month. We drink the water all the time and it tastes good. No odors or discoloration. I much prefer it over city water. No chlorine.
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Old 06-29-2009, 08:43 PM
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sure well water and a septic can be safe. If you'd like, get the well water tested before you buy the house. As long as the septic drainfield isn't leaching into your drinking water supply, you should be fine. I imagine the well water intake would be far below ground, therefore safer water. I'd prefer it over the tap.
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:56 AM
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Actually the mortgage company will require a well and septic cert before closing.
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