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Old 01-26-2010, 07:36 PM
 
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I've been house hunting, mostly in Oviedo and Lake Mary. I've noticed that several homes had septic instead of sewer. Where I come from in the northeast septic tanks were synonymous with problems. Visions of swampy stinky backyards. Remember "Meet the Parents"? I've been told they are really no big deal and certainly not a reason to avoid a property that I like. I would greatly appreciate opinions on the subject.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Global citizen
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you'll find septic with homes on bigger lots, that usually aren't in any type of organized sub division. I never hear of problems with them.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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One thing to watch out for is special regional septic restrictions that will not allow any significant repairs to be made (or new installations) to existing septic tanks...especially if there is municipal sewer available within a reasonable distance to the property line. A couple such regions are the Lake Apopka and the Weikiva River Basin. What this means is that once the existing septic system goes kaput, you have to pay the fees to hook up to city sewer (or worse, install the appropriate pipe and/or pump systems to get to the city lines). This is all in an attempt to clean up the ground water in these special districts.

The county health office where the property is located can tell you more details and whether or not the property is within one of these regions. For Oviedo and Lake Mary, obviously it's the Seminole County Health Department.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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septics should be fine as long as you are fairly high above the water table, like 6-8 feet or more. if septics are too low, they won't perk to quickly, and you may smell them.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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septics will be more problematic than sewer. Sewer costs more monthly than Septic, but when septic costs it will make up for the savings in spades. Price out new drain fields, and pumping the tanks... then see if you really want one. If you go rural you will have no choice.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: NE Charlotte, NC (University City)
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There are very few places in Central Florida that maintain a water level (seasonal or normal) 6-8 ft. below the surface.
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