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Old Septic Tank Exists, But Not In Use - FHA

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Valueseeker

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Hello again,

FHA sale.
house was well / septic. Now it is hooked to the city sewer and water. I couldnt find anything about this in the handbook (I ctrl+F that doc for keywords and nada.) but I know it can be a potential problem as I have a friend in which an old septic eventually caved in his back yard and left a decent size hole.

Question is do you need to do anything further than state this?


Thanks again :)
 

Mark K

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Indiana
In this area the Board of Health requires the tank to be pumped and filled with sand (or removed) when a home is connected to municipal sewers. Its because of what your friend experienced.

If its not a FHA rule it might be a health code issue.
 

Sid Holderly

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This area just requires filling with sand to meet the local code.
 

glenn walker

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I would not make an issue out of it but that's up to you **
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Almost all states require abandoned waterwells be plugged with bentonite or cement, but rarely enforced in many states. Septic in most, and I be MA is one. Flag it and let lender handle it.
 

Valueseeker

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Thank you guys
 
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