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Andy813, Home Buyer in Philadelphia, PA

I am looking at a house in West Chester. Does the state require the sellers to empty the septic tank before selling?

Asked by Andy813, Philadelphia, PA Sun Dec 23, 2012

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This is a great "manual" to understand septic systems.
The county, Chester County will oversee the installation of any NEW system.
http://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/491

I have always seen septic inspection reports require the tank be emptied AFTER the septic inspection as a requirement of the "satisfactory" inspection. It is NEVER a good idea to have the tank emptied before the inspection.


Always include an inspection of the septic system as part of your purchase agreement.
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No, there is not a requirement by the state for the seller to empty the septic system. The state pretty much lets buyers and sellers negotiate freely.
However, the standard agreement of sale used by Realtors who are members of the PA Association of Realtors has a septic inspection contingency that includes language that can require the seller to empty the system as part of the inspection. That contingency is an option in the agreement that the buyer can (and should always) elect and the seller agree.
If you make an offer on a property with on-site septic be sure that you elect the septic inspection contingency. Septic system failure can be very expensive to cure.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 23, 2012
No , but some Townships and boroughs are making owners pump their tanks every 2 years, like East Bradford, Chester County, Pa. ALWAYS inspect Septic and Well systems. They are extremely expensive to replace.

Rob Hughes- Long and Foster RE.
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State has few requirements, mortgage company may require it, but speak with a septic tank inspector about what he will require.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 23, 2012
No, but if you make an offer that is accepted, the standard Agreement of Sale states the seller must locate, provide access to the tank, empty that tank, and restore property to its original condition if it is required by the inspector you hire. This is at the seller's expense but only if you initial to do a septic inspection on the Agreement of Sale. You might be wise to find an inspector ahead of time that will ask for these things as not all will.
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