Re: Septic System Leak???
Posted by More on May 20, 2002 at 18:58:34:
In response to Re: Septic System Leak???
Definately get another inspector. The fact that the septic tank is rarely used is a tip off that the liklihood is very high that the water level won't be as high as the baffle wall. There isn't any reason to suspect any leaks. The septic system works utilizing both aerobic and also anerobic bacteria, and therefore the septic system is designed to allow the free moving of atmospheric air across the top of the digesting sections of the tank.

Water level gets replenishment to the high level of the baffle walls by the flushing of water from the toilet and fixtures in the house. When there is little use, the water level is acceptable at a lower level.

Ask for an inspector who is familiar with VA Septic tank certifications and can write a certification for the new buyer.

: As a real estate agent, I just was at an inspection of a septic system for a 2 bedroom home that has been used no more than 15 weekends in the past 10 years. According to the inspector, he thinks there must be a slow leak in the tank as the water (which is clear) is not up to the baffles. For $900 they want to dig up around the septic tank to repair this leak which is either on the seam or to replace the plug.

: What do you think - Is this the only solution. I hate to have my seller renegotiate this deal and I'm sure the buyer would prefer not having to dig up the lawn.
: We want to do what's ever fair but without proof of a leak, it's difficult to advise the seller to pay the $900.

: Any suggestion would be most appreciated. Thank you.

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