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Old 11-28-2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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HI All,

Looking for some advice. My fiancee and i are buying a home and recently had the inspection done. The house is 14 years old and we told that by the inspector that their were some issues with the septic system. Apparently 3 out of the 5 lines leading from the house to the septic were completely clogged. The seller agreed to have the lines jetted out and they did so this afternoon and the lines were cleared. After doing this, they noticed that the water level in the septic was too high-however not high enough to break ground. The company that jetted the lines out told us that they recommend the TerraLift proceedure. Has anyone done this proceedure with success? My thought is that Terralift would be a temporary fix to a larger problem?? Any help is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

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Old 11-28-2008, 03:07 PM   #2
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sorry dont' know terra lift system, but I think you mean the leech field is clogged. Quite different then a pipe being clogged. Some say fields last 20-25yrs, some say they never touched them past that age. Don't want to spoil your new home experience but glad to see you are searching your options.

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Old 11-28-2008, 04:47 PM   #3
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I have been on septic systems for more than 32 years and have been a rural real estate broker for more than 22 years.
Get your local septic-system-permitting Health Department to inspect the system, and your own septic system professional to inspect it.
You may only need another drainfield line or two, but NOW is the time to renegotiate with the seller and get THEM to pay for it before you buy it.
All things are negotiable in real estate until you sign the final closing documents, even if it is already under contract (subject to inspections) and even at the closing table.
All of those new "systems" (terra life, jetting ,etc.) are temporary compared to a regularly permitted system. It's all based on the soil type and the projected usage.
In other words, DO NOT CLOSE on this property until the seller totally and permanently corrects the problem!
Good Luck!
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