Recently while working with a buyer, I found a piece of property which fit their every need. We negotiated a fair price and began our due diligence, where we discovered the property did not perk. For those of you who have never own a septic system when a a piece of property does not perk, it means it will not absorb the grey water into the land. So in this case the water most likely would not go into the land where it would be filtered naturally. Therefore a new updated system must be investigated.
I spoke to Navo and Sons about the issue and specifically about the lack of perk. Their advise was to do a new perk and mantle test at a cost of $1,800. By doing so their company would have evidence as to what type of system would be suitable for the proposed use. Once they have the new data they would then do a drawing of a new system at a cost of $600 to $800.
Once approved by the county the new system could be installed. In this case they quoted a sand filtration system which would cost between $30,000 to $35,000.
The total cost for the job not including county fees could be as high as $37,600. The septic system is not something you see or even talk about on a daily basis but if it is not operating the way the county wants it to, then you could be talking about it and seeing it a lot more than you could even imagine.
If you are thinking about buying or selling property in Nevada County please do yourself a big favor and check the system so there are no grey bubbling surprises as you know the grass is always greener over the septic tank!
Scott Hopper - Realtor, 530-477-2277
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