A Near Mistake
In the unrestricted areas I’m looking at, septic, sewer, or lagoon is a huge issue. Apparently there were people who were using very unhealthy means of dumping black water, and the county finally stepped in on that issue. To put it more bluntly they were dumping their raw sewage on the property line or letting it run on to neighboring properties and into waterways. In massive quantities.
If a property is less than three acres, it MUST have a lagoon or city sewer in the state I’m considering (in most, I think). Less than that requires a very expensive septic system. Regulations have changed through the years, and systems that were once approved or ignored are now required to be updated or replaced if a new home is built. If a person is caught, at least. I don’t want to risk being caught. It would be very hard, I think, to request a composting system if I were already viewed as one who tried to circumvent the system and do things illegally and unsanitarily.
Above that, if the septic isn’t state compliant and there is raw sewage on the land, I would have to take that into consideration. Yes, it will degrade in a couple years. But in the meantime it would be a concern to me. It might be safe, but it might not. The idea of someone else’s poop sitting on the back of my small acreage is not appealing at all.
And so, before I will sign any paperwork on the land, I will have a septic inspection done. A clause in my paperwork seems to indicate that if I don’t get it done before I sign, I’ll be stuck with a piece of property that’s immediately lost value due to septic issues. A new septic costs nearly what I would pay for the land!
I’ll wait somewhat impatiently for the inspection tomorrow afternoon. At that point I’ll either sign… or be relieved I didn’t.