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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

I've converted isherwood's comment into an answer, with the additional backing that I was employed by a local company for a period of many years. If you want peace of mind, consider to contact the ...
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

As an owner of a home with a septic system for over 30 years, I would be wary if I was told the system was pumped twice a year. That said, this can depend on where the home is located. I'm in Florida....
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

For any home purchase, I would ask these questions: where is(are) the tank(s)? How many? How big are they? where is the leach/drain field? is there a pump? is there an aerator? And specific to your ...
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

The main components of modern septic system include the connection to the house, the actual septic tank, a D-box, and the drainfield. There is not much you can inspect yourself, and there are ...
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

There are two kinds of septic inspection. In one, dye is put in the system so they can track flow and measure things. This is the kind of inspection that would be performed by a home inspector and ...
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

Something to check into besides what is mentioned in the other answers is to find out what is allowed if you have to replace the leach field or tank, because there may be new laws put in place since ...
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Looking at buying house with mechanical septic system. What questions should I be asking?

You need an expert (or two) to inspect and advise you. Twice a year is not a normal case for a septic system, so you need someone who knows what they are doing to tell you what's wrong and how much it ...
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