Sewage system questions.

Asked by , Sun Jan 12, 2014

I'm looking to buy a house in Morganville, NJ.
The house is 30 years old and it has a sewage system that hasn't been changed since it was build.
-What is the lifespan of these sewage systems?
-Can they be repaired if there are any issues?
-What is the range of prices for a repair if required?
- What is the price to replace the whole system?

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sun Jan 12, 2014
What is you licensed home inspector advising....
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Sarah Pomphr…, Agent, Rumson, NJ
Thu Mar 6, 2014
I would advise you to contact a local expert on septic systems as part of your home inspection. There are a couple in that area. They will have answers to your questions and be able to give you reliable advice. Good Luck!
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Joan Congilo…, Agent, Freehold, NJ
Wed Feb 19, 2014
Public sewer systems are maintained by the town, private septic systems and cesspools are maintained by the homeowner. Septic systems do have to be regularly cleaned, checked and maintained over the years. If you are considering buying a house with an older septic system ask the seller about the maintenance history, Before you commit to buying it make sure you have a septic inspection performed by a certified septic system inspector to make sure it is functional. You can also call them ahead of time for information about septic systems since they are the experts Discuss this with your lawyer ahead of time before entering into a contract and ask if you can have the seller provide you with a septic certification. Then they would have to have it inspected and repaired if needed. If the seller is responsible for any repair or replacement costs should it be discovered that there is a problem you won't have to worry about the outcome..
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Dennis Knight, Agent, Millstone, NJ
Sun Jan 12, 2014
Without knowing if it's a cesspool or septic system - expect replacements to start at $6000 for a tank to $20,000 or more, depending on size and system. This assumes there is no city sewer available, because, otherwise you would likely be forced to connect and abandon the existing system.

As to the life of the system, it really depends on how much bacteria killing materials have been dumped into the system. Bacteria is what allows the breakdown of solid wastes. Cleaners, such as Clorox, kills the bacteria allowing the system to become clogged and deteriorates the life of the overall system. In theory, the system could last 50 years in a perfect world. Have an inspection done on it and determine the best course of action.
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