Bargain hunters are often surprised by septic issues

An On Your Side feature on the WRCB TV3 website in Chattanooga, Tenn., this week is a reminder that a raft of home foreclosure sales across the country reveal many hidden septic system issues that could pose dangerous problems. In this report, a woman bought a foreclosed home and was unaware there was an improperly abandoned septic tank on the property. As you’ll see in the video, the tank top caved in to expose a tank full of wastewater. 

Are you being called out to repair malfunctioning systems or install new systems at homes that were part of a foreclosure sale? If so, what are the major challenges to working in these situations? I’m sure new homeowners are frustrated with unexpected major costs. I’m also certain that these neglected properties often yield few clues to help you get to the bottom of a problem.

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Buyers want to see a foreclosure sale as a bargain-hunting opportunity. I imagine that often enough, the purchases of rundown or abused properties turn out to be no bargain at all.

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