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Buying a house - need septic advice!

Old 05-17-14, 01:42 PM
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Buying a house - need septic advice!

I'm about to buy a sweet home in my hometown. The home inspector comes Tuesday to give it a look over before everything is official.

My town has recently begun to crack down on faulty septics so that is the one thing I am nervous about (or the $40k bill to replace one).

The inspector can do a simple float test, but that won't really tell me if the septic is in perfect condition; if I am correct I will need to have it pumped and checked out with a camera by a septic professional.

If I pay the $400 to have to pumped and checked and it fails, would I be out that cash?
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Re: Buying a house - need septic advice!

Are you asking if somebody performs a service, and then find out the service reveals your septic tank is bad...you want the money back which paid for the service? If that's what you're asking, I kinda doubt the fee is refundable. Maybe if you negotiated with closing costs which would deduct the test from it?
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It costs $40k to replace a septic tank? Seriously?
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Re: Buying a house - need septic advice!

You could always try to put it in the purchase agreement, that the seller will have to reimburse you the cost of the inspection if it fails.
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Re: Buying a house - need septic advice!

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It costs $40k to replace a septic tank? Seriously?
My current neighbors had their replaced last year and it cost right around 35k.
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Re: Buying a house - need septic advice!

Definitely pay for the pump and scope. Last thing you want is your sceptic to go out.

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