So looking at a Property that has a Private Sewer system, Thinking it is a Septic Tank.
What should I look out for?
Is this good or Bad?
How much if I had to replace this?
Any advice is welcomed...
It is neither good or bad. It is indiferrent. They do require more maintenance, i.e. you might have to get it pumped. Some people won't mess with them, but depending on where you are they may be prevalent.
Your inspector will probably recommend you get a separate septic inspection and if you have any concerns, or even if you don't, it would probably be a good idea.
I just replaced one in NC and it cost me $7k. That is actually kind of rare, most repairs don't require you to replace the whole thing.
I grew up with a septic and well. Never had a problem in 20+ years. I remember it was pumped once or twice. No big deal. Have it inspected with the rest of the property and if the septic field isn't soggy you should be ok. Good luck!
if it's a property people were just living in, look for "sewage smells" and dark spots in the area of the drain field. Also if the grass is dead in the drain field could also be a sign of the drain field being over saturated with solids due to not regularly pumping out. In general I would determine the age of the septic system. If it's 20 + years old then most drain field was just a very long pipe extending straight out from the tank. Usually you will be able to tell the design of the drain field by paying attention to the grass. Usually the grass will be alot greener that the surrounding grass especially right over the areas where the pipes for the drain field is buried. As far as cost this can vary. Some counties now depending on poor draining soil will require certain advanced systems. If it's ideal Sandy loam soil then you can get a conventional septic system which is the cheapest. 2,500 up to 4500 approx. Here in Texas. All septic regulated by the EPA but rules set by individual states.
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