Private Well and Septic When Buying Your Crested Butte Home
If you are in Crested Butte town or a dense subdivision, you will have a tap into existing water and sewer systems either managed by the municipality or the HOA. But you will have to think about a private well and septic when buying your Crested Butte home or homesite if your dream is to be in a quiet, remote location in the forest away from people and other houses. It is very common for multi-million-dollar luxury homes in Crested Butte in outlying mountain areas to have both a private water well and an individual septic system.
There are certain things to consider and look out for with a private well and septic when buying your Crested Butte home. If you are looking at a lot in a remote subdivision, it is very important to know if the parcel has a well. You also want to know whether the adjacent parcels have “good” wells. A good well means plenty of water flow, and quality water free of heavy metals.
You should request a well report, which gives the details on the depth of the well, the flow rate of the well, and the quality of the water. It may be wise to contact the company that put the well in place to come inspect the well and have a water test done.
Many homes that have a well will have a very large holding tank or cistern. The float in the tank will “request” more water from the well pump at the bottom of the well when needed. The tank will keep stored water available for spikes in usage that may exceed the flow directly from the well.
The stand-alone septic system treats the wastewater of the home. When you take a shower, flush the toilet or put anything down the kitchen sink, it will go into the septic system. With proper maintenance, a septic system can work efficiently and should last twenty-five to thirty years. When it does come time to replace the system, the cost is anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000.
Home inspections don’t include a septic system inspection, so you should contact a septic system company to provide a separate inspection report. It is common for the system to be pumped every two years, but for a second home that gets less use, this interval may be longer. You might worry about the private well and septic when buying your Crested Butte home. But typically, a private septic system will be no different than what you are used to in the city, with a few exceptions.
How a Septic System Works
Typical septic systems consist of a septic tank, a distribution box, and a leaching field. The septic system treats the home’s wastewater by temporarily holding it in the septic tank. In the tank, waste solids separate from the water. The solids are decomposed by bacteria and later removed when you have the tank professionally pumped. Solids such as grease, fat, and food wastes like coffee grounds don’t break down easily and should be kept out of your septic system.
After the partially treated water, the “effluent”, leaves the tank, it flows into the distribution box. This distributes this water into the leaching field. Drainage holes in the pipe allow the water to drain into gravel trenches. Then it slowly seep into the soil where it is further treated and purified, also known as secondary treatment. A properly functioning septic system does not pollute the groundwater. But it is always recommended to have the septic system located downhill from the well and as far from the well as possible.
Use Common Sense
Don’t put items into your system that won’t decompose easily, such as dental floss, tissues, cigarettes, cotton swabs, kitty litter, coffee grounds or sanitary napkins. Typically, a garbage disposal may not be used with a septic system unless the system has been specifically designed to accommodate one. Do not put cooking oil or grease down the drain. Chemicals and cleaning products should not go down the drain either, including pesticides, paints, thinners, poisons and even disinfectants. These chemicals will kill the good bacteria in your system that help to purify the sewage. Like many other aspects of maintaining your home, you will have a septic contractor look after your system. They will advise you on best practices to ensure your system is working and out of sight, out of mind.
Private Well and Septic When Buying Your Crested Butte Home Final Thoughts
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