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Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Potential Home Buyer ()
Date: June 25, 2014 02:17PM

Looking to purchase a home that has a septic system. How often are these tanks cleaned out? What if I'm looking at a house whose tank hasn't been pumped in 15 years. Is that a deal breaker?

Thanks.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: advice man ()
Date: June 25, 2014 02:19PM

Something tells me you are full of shit.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: More Advice ()
Date: June 25, 2014 02:21PM

advice man Wrote:
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> Something tells me you are full of shit.

or soon his yard will. Hehehhehe

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Crappy Advice ()
Date: June 25, 2014 02:50PM

Yes in Fairfax County you are required to pump the tank every 3 years. I do it each year to prolong my septic field from getting clogged. A house that hasn't had it pumped for 15 years is probably looking at a a complete field replacement in the near future. Especially with the new disposable wipes that say they are septic safe (NOT)...

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Snarky Remark ()
Date: June 25, 2014 02:54PM

This is a SHITTY thread.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Potential Home Buyer ()
Date: June 25, 2014 02:55PM

Crappy Advice Wrote:
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> Yes in Fairfax County you are required to pump the
> tank every 3 years. I do it each year to prolong
> my septic field from getting clogged. A house
> that hasn't had it pumped for 15 years is probably
> looking at a a complete field replacement in the
> near future. Especially with the new disposable
> wipes that say they are septic safe (NOT)...


Thanks for the reply. I take it then that the County keeps a record of how often a tank is pumped and serviced. And I also imagine that as a requisite to a sale the system has to be inspected as well. Am I correct?

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: wNP33 ()
Date: June 25, 2014 03:02PM

Potential Home Buyer Wrote:
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> Crappy Advice Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Yes in Fairfax County you are required to pump
> the
> > tank every 3 years. I do it each year to
> prolong
> > my septic field from getting clogged. A house
> > that hasn't had it pumped for 15 years is
> probably
> > looking at a a complete field replacement in
> the
> > near future. Especially with the new
> disposable
> > wipes that say they are septic safe (NOT)...
>
>
> Thanks for the reply. I take it then that the
> County keeps a record of how often a tank is
> pumped and serviced. And I also imagine that as a
> requisite to a sale the system has to be inspected
> as well. Am I correct?


Yes. There is a thing about inspections though. What I remember is that you want to insist that the county does the inspection, not a private company. The private companies are known for just coming out and saying "looks ok to me" and signing off. The county actually inspects.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Local Contractor ()
Date: June 25, 2014 03:39PM

And when you have it pumped out, just be sure to hire a local contractor.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Crappy Advice ()
Date: June 25, 2014 03:44PM

Yes. You are correct. The pumping company has a tri-carboncopy form. One they send to the county and they give you 2 copies. 1 to keep and one for you to send to the county as well. Pretty antiquated system, given the options that are out there..

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Vijay Patel ()
Date: June 25, 2014 03:46PM

What happens if you don't have your tank pumped every 3 years? Can the county fine you?

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Crappy Advice ()
Date: June 25, 2014 03:47PM

I have used Action Tank and Drain and Aadvantage Septic in the past and been happy. Unfortunately they can only inspect the tank. If it hasn't been pumped for that long, it is the septic field that will be the issue most likely.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Crappy Advice ()
Date: June 25, 2014 03:57PM

Not sure what the legal ramification is for not having it pumped. I just looked on my last pump out manifest and is says it is a Class 2 misdemeanor if you don't send in the stupid form, so I can't imagine it is a good thing not to have it pumped out. ;-)

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: oh shit ()
Date: June 25, 2014 04:03PM

Crappy Advice Wrote:
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> Not sure what the legal ramification is for not
> having it pumped. I just looked on my last pump
> out manifest and is says it is a Class 2
> misdemeanor if you don't send in the stupid form,
> so I can't imagine it is a good thing not to have
> it pumped out. ;-)


They will find you. Eventually.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Crappy Advice ()
Date: June 25, 2014 04:04PM

If it makes you feel any better, it is the sellers complete responsibility to repair anything involving the septic system prior to settlement. Non-negotiable.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Be Real ()
Date: June 25, 2014 04:42PM

A septic system should be pumped out at least every 5 years, but a well-functioning system can go decades without trouble, So while 15 years is a long time to go without cleaning it out, it doesn't necessarily mean that there will be a major repair/renovation expense. Only a proper inspection by a qualified person can tell you its condition.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: As-is ()
Date: June 25, 2014 04:47PM

Very few things are a "deal beaker", as most problems can be fixed if you throw enough money at it. The seller does not have to volunteer service info on the septic tank. You need to ASK what was done and when, and they should be able to provide receipts/invoices. If the can't, calculate what a septic system cleanout AND overhaul would cost and deduct that amount from your offer.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: Wuestion ()
Date: June 25, 2014 05:12PM

How do you know if you have a septic tank?

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: FFXU career poster ()
Date: June 25, 2014 05:16PM

Wuestion Wrote:
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> How do you know if you have a septic tank?


To be sure ask your father when get gets home in a few. You are probably connected to a sewer, most people in Fairfax County do.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: time will tell ()
Date: June 25, 2014 05:30PM

Wuestion Wrote:
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> How do you know if you have a septic tank?


Eventually, you will know. LOL.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: matt 703 ()
Date: June 25, 2014 09:44PM

Crappy Advice Wrote:
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> Yes in Fairfax County you are required to pump the
> tank every 3 years. I do it each year to prolong
> my septic field from getting clogged. A house
> that hasn't had it pumped for 15 years is probably
> looking at a a complete field replacement in the
> near future. Especially with the new disposable
> wipes that say they are septic safe (NOT)...


I think it's every 5 years.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: matt 703 ()
Date: June 25, 2014 09:48PM

As-is Wrote:
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> Very few things are a "deal beaker", as most
> problems can be fixed if you throw enough money at
> it. The seller does not have to volunteer service
> info on the septic tank. You need to ASK what was
> done and when, and they should be able to provide
> receipts/invoices. If the can't, calculate what a
> septic system cleanout AND overhaul would cost and
> deduct that amount from your offer.


don't ask them, just go to the Fairfax County Health Department and you can make copies of all the information they have, including repairs, history of when it was pumped out, etc. it's all FOIA.

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: xbGtk ()
Date: June 25, 2014 10:06PM

people are competing to to give to you free a howto on that

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: nTTXK ()
Date: June 25, 2014 10:16PM

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Re: Is there a requirement that septic tanks be pumped out every so often?
Posted by: uTdY9 ()
Date: June 25, 2014 10:23PM

Vijay Patel Wrote:
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> What happens if you don't have your tank pumped
> every 3 years? Can the county fine you?

What? you are too cheap to have your septic tank pumped out for 350 dollars? Or do you want to test the limits and see how long it takes before your basement fills up with shit and spend tens of thousands on a new leech field.

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