Buying a home

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  1. Jan 12, 2019 #1

    robertbarnes

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    I am looking to buy a home and had them come out and pump as well as inspect the septic tank before I commit to buy.

    The guy who pumped put the septic tank said that the tank is in good shape but could not tell me the shape of the field lines. He said he did notice that there were black marks on the walls of the septic tank that come from the septic tank being at different levels but other than that all looked good.

    I want to know what would cause the fluctuation of the level in the tank? Is or could that be a sign of anything bad? I dont know much about septic tanks and need some type of input on what would cause this.

    I must also say that one of the tanks tops were off when we got there and it had rained for 4 to 5 days before the inspection was done. The home is a foreclosure and I have clue on how long it has set empty. Before pumping the system I did have a home inspection and he flushed the toilets and ran water at all faucets and nothing drained or flushed slow nor were there any gurgling while test them systems. Standing outside there was no odors or sogginess around septic tank or field lines. Not sure if it matters or helps but the home is in central east Alabama.
     
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    frodo

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    If you are using a realtor Have the owner put $8000.00 [or whatever is fair market your area}
    in an escrow [not sure if that is the correct term] account.
    with a stipulation if the drain field fails within 6 months, the money is to replace it
    if it does not fail, the money goes back to the seller

    the fact the lid was off would concern me, you only open a septic tank to inspect or pump it out
     
  3. Jan 13, 2019 #3

    robertbarnes

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    This home is a foreclosure and is sold as is. So holding money in a escrow account is not an option. I was told that the spectic tank was drained not too long ago by the guy who came to do my inspection. He said he could tell because there was not that much sludge in the bottom. So I am wondering if that is why the top was off. But I have no clue as to all the facts as they are not provided. I was hoping there was some ways ot tricks that could help me make a better decision as to either buy or not buy the home.
     

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