I have an old house on 3 acres of land. The county did not take much time
exploring the property with me....
Additional information: I recently purchased an old
home on 3 acres of land.
I am thinking about building a new home on the property. The original
house has septic. I had the county out to tell me options, but they did not
spend much time talking with me. I got the
sense that there was only one location I could put the septic on the property
and that was that.
My answer: Yep. Your experience is very common
among homeowners and
land buyers. You get different types of county employees and different
counties are run in different ways. Some county employees are more
homeowner centric and some counties are more homeowner centric.
Honestly, given the money homeowners pay for a septic
county employees could spend a little more time explaining things and
spending time with potential tax payers, but it is what it is.
I think this is also happening: If county employees
spend time answering
questions, educating homeowners and examining multiple areas of the site
for drainfields--which is what homeowners want, the employees would be
out there for hours. Supervisor to employee, "Don't open that can of worms!
Pick one location for the septic system and get out of there. We don't have
It is what it is.
Personally, I don't mind examining a site with you and
giving you my
I like doing this and it is good for business.
So, unless you have a high water table, a large pond that takes up most of
the property or terrible soil--which is somewhat rare in XXXXXXXXXX
County, it is likely that you have 2-3 drainfields on that property and maybe
To be upfront, I make no promises. We septic installers don't
have magical soil psychic powers.
But, what I can do is point out the areas that county
probably saw and didn't
tell you about. And, you are welcome to pick my brain about my septic
knowledge. On my business card I note, "Always happy to give free advice."
An option you may not have thought of is to move in to
the house--if it is
livable, and start using the septic system which is there. You don't have to
do anything to the septic system or get permission from the county to do
this. Just turn the water on and poop!
If you want to add bedrooms to the house you will have
to expand the septic
system, but this may be (maybe so or maybe not) cheaper than installing a
new system; it depends on what size septic system is in the ground. With a
house that was built before 1975 you probably have a 750 gallon tank.
Currently a 900 gallon tank is required for a 3 bedroom home. It is highly
likely that another bedroom will also require an expansion of the existing
Another option is to use the current septic system
with a new home. And
again, you will very, very likely need to expand the septic system.
Let me know if you would like me to walk the site with you.
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