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Old 04-13-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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My husband and I are looking to purchase our first home. We've seen homes with public sewer and septic tanks. Today we saw one great house, great location and awesome price but it has a cesspool. I have no clues. Is this good or bad? HELP!!!!!


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Old 04-13-2012, 06:25 PM   #2
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Cesspools are banned in practically every city and town in the U.S. but may be grandfathered in a few.

Construction wise, a cesspool is the same thing as a dry well.

If it has failed (grease saturated most of the soil around it) in the old days they would dig another one next to it. You may not do that; you must switch to something else such as install a brand new a septic tank system.

In some cities the sewage disposal system has to be brought up to code (cesspools replaced) when a house changes hands and before it may be occupied by the next owner.


States can help recovery from hurricanes and tornadoes by not requiring due digence or prompt and timely correction of substandard conditions, and by providing continued liability insurance where companies drop homeowners.

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