Wells and Septics

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Wells are not required to be tested prior to the purchase of your home but it is a good idea to test it any way to make sure you are getting a good one. This is a buyer expense just like an inspection. Well ownership is transferred at closing.

Septic systems in Jefferson County are required to be inspected and pumped prior to closing. This is paid for by the sellers. Septics pumped within 12 months do not have to be pumped again.

Septic Tank Maintenance

Make sure you are aware of the types and amounts of extra waste materials that are poured down the drain. Limiting the use of your garbage disposal will minimize the flow of excess solids to your tank. Garbage disposals usually double the amount of solids added to the tank. Avoid washing food scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells and any stringy, meaty foods, such as celery, banana peels, potato peels, etc down the drain.
Do not pour cooking greases, oils, and fats down the drain. Grease hardens in the septic tank and accumulates until it clogs the inlet or outlet. Grease poured down the drain with hot water may flow through the septic tank and clog soil pores completely.
Use white single ply toilet paper. Only toilet paper down the toilets. No toilet bowl tablets.
Pesticides, paints, paint thinners, solvents, disinfectants, oil, poisons, and other household chemicals should not be dumped down the drain because they may kill soil microorganisms that help purify the sewage. Also, some organic chemicals will flow untreated through the septic tank and the soil, thus contaminating the underlying groundwater. No bleach down the drain. No powdered dish or laundry soap. Liquid soap only.