Saturday, April 6, 2013

The new septic system at the old house

One of the things that has been holding us back from putting the old house on the market, besides finishing up multitudes of projects, is the need for a new septic system.  The old one was limping along for years; fine for us but wouldn't have passed inspection.

Last fall we had the design, permits and contractor all lined up and ready to go.  The only thing holding us up was permission from the Department of Health to actually break ground.  Apparently the soil conditions at that time were not right, so the waiting game began.

Tuesday night Alan got a call from the contractor that they would be starting the next day.  Alan went over Thursday night to check on the progress and take some pictures:
We were working around the new house on Friday when Alan got a phone call from the contractor (who also is the engineer who designed the system) with the news they had hit rock. (we were afraid that would be a problem as there is a huge amount of rock in the area.) In three attempts to dig the holes for the tank and the pump tank they kept hitting the same granite ledge.  They were in the process of getting another, very expensive, piece of equipment to drill out the rock, adding many more dollars to the project.  We decided to head on over there to see how things were going.  Luckily, in the meantime, while they were waiting for the equipment they tried digging in one more location and had success.  We arrived to dump trucks, backhoes and skid steer working away like crazy. But by the end of the day the line from the house was hooked up to the new 1500 gallon tank and we could use the plumbing again in the house.
The engineer says they should be finished on Monday.  Now we can no longer say the septic system is holding us back from selling our old house.  Time to get this place finished!

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