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Post Posted: Aug 10, 2019 9:48 pm 
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Getting ready to sell my house near Pine Junction, in Jefferson County.
I've heard from sellers and one septic company that older systems are being failed by Jeffco for being too far corroded (mostly 70's and 80's systems).
Mine is from 1979 and performs well.
Any info on the regs, and the cost to replace for a 3BR home ?
Is it just the tank or is it more involved ?

Any info would be appreciated before we spring for the $675 inspection.


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Post Posted: Aug 10, 2019 11:25 pm 
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Who is charging $675 for an inspection? and what do you get for that?
If you have a two compartment tank, that is sized for the home, and the system is working, there should be no problem.
Shop around! I'd think you could pay half that and have the tank pumped out in the process.


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Post Posted: Aug 11, 2019 7:02 am 
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Contact Search Septic for the best inspection.

http://www.searchseptic.com
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303-838-5115

But first, do your research!!!!!
There are new State laws regarding septic systems.
Systems have to comply when you sell (or if they fail), which means an upgrade for many people.
Do your research!!!!!

Last summer, my new system (3bdrm house on a 1 acre lot) cost me $32K (a complete replacement, including a new leach field).
:yikes: Not kidding! One bid came it much higher than that (I can't remember the exact number).
Prior to the new laws, the replacement cost would have been ~$18K.

If your leach field is more than 200 ft from all existing wells then you might not need to upgrade. But if the leach field is less than 200ft from any existing well (like mine was), then your system will likely require changes.

Do your research!!!!!
Then hire a good engineer if you need to make changes to your system. I recommend Phil Budd (303-816-1571). There are other good ones around... and there are some idiot, crooks too (as a retired engineer, it was easy for me to detect an idiot).

Do your research!!!!! Do not rely on pinecam for all your answers.



BTW, if your real estate agent did not tell you at least this much, then get a new agent. They should be able to direct you to the exact State and County regulations for septic systems and for wells, otherwise they are not worth their salt.


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Post Posted: Aug 11, 2019 9:55 am 
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Thanks Scalawagy and CooknThyme for the helpful info and the referrals.
The quotes I got from two local operators were for inspection, pumpout and the required county certificate ($175) both indicated that these prices have gone up considerably in recent years.

We just lost our well pump on July 4. Replaced everything in the well-pump, motor, 350 ft of PVC pipe, new braided cable, pressure switch.
Total cost $4000.

A $20k+ expenses would cripple us at this point. Any other help is appreciated.


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Shirley Septic has always done a stand up job for me. I have done some not so smart things that have caused me septic issues and they have always been there to fix the issues!


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in the past Shirley did a good job but We had some real issues in the last few years. I would recommend Search Septic hands down these days.

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Another vote for search septic


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Post Posted: Aug 13, 2019 9:42 am 
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I echo.............call Shirley Septic


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Post Posted: Aug 13, 2019 10:48 am 
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Regarding failing an inspection: it can depend on the inspector, too, and his/her interpretation of a code.

It is not necessarily a poor job done by the company. If this happens with Steve (he does jobs requiring inspections), he goes back at no additional cost, does what the inspector wants, then it's fine.

It's just like restaurant inspections.

ETA: I am neither for nor against any company that does septic work. This information is based on how it can happen with other contracted jobs requiring inspections.

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Buutttt.... the question that inquiring minds would really like an answer to, is, why's the county collecting $175.00?
Someone should report them to the Sheriff!


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aspenleaf wrote:
Regarding failing an inspection: it can depend on the inspector, too, and his/her interpretation of a code.

It is not necessarily a poor job done by the company. If this happens with Steve (he does jobs requiring inspections), he goes back at no additional cost, does what the inspector wants, then it's fine.

It's just like restaurant inspections.

ETA: I am neither for nor against any company that does septic work. This information is based on how it can happen with other contracted jobs requiring inspections.


point of fact, it's not the work of the septic company being inspected. it's the physical state of existing septic system on the property!

It's not like building inspections or health dept. inspections of new or improved work to a septic systems. these are inspections required by the county, to sell a property, but done by private companies.


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Buutttt.... the question that inquiring minds would really like an answer to, is, why's the county collecting $175.00?
Someone should report them to the Sheriff!


Yes, a very important question to ask. I was reading off the title of the thread.

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