FTHB who just had the septic inspected from a reputable local company. For context, the buyer is “only willing to negotiate on health and safety items”, and I believe septic falls under that umbrella.
The home is, and has been vacant for some time.
Beyond hearing “the septic is completely shot” verbally from the inspector, other statements include;
Filled to hydraulic capacity (with nobody living there) Filled to the interior ceiling Ceiling is cracked/compromised Blocked leaching pits
Additionally, the deck has some of its footing/support resting on the top of the septic tank.
While I’m a bit concerned about this aspect, it doesn’t seem like the deck will come crumbling down or anything, but there’s certainly a little extra work beyond just the septic here.
The closing lines of
“The stone and receiving soil integrity within the absorption area was found restrictive/saturated, with signs of higher than normal liquid levels on this date.
While no above ground discharge or technical failure was witnessed on this date due to the dwelling being occupied part time all indications demonstrate the present leaching system appeared to be draining slowly and operating at the end of its useful life.”
Don’t sound as alarmingly bad as what I was told verbally, but I’m guessing this is just softer terminology?
The suggested next steps are to do a deeper perc test (I was told that the seller usually pays ~$750 for this), and that the town must permit and supervise this test, which may take up to 2 weeks to get clearance for. It sounds like from this test, we’ll have a more exact idea of what a full replacement would cost.
We haven’t even done the home inspection yet, but I was hoping to see if anyone has experience with this, mostly with respect to negotiating down, as well as getting our timeline for inspections pushed out since the perc test is needed too.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!