Landscaping and utilities

Real Estate Agent with Crye-Leike (Sango)

A valuable lesson in landscaping and utilities was learned today.  And might I add a costly one at that!

While Clarksville and Montgomery County offer sewer in most areas, Pam and I have always had a septic system and thankfully never had any significant issues with them.  Well, that changed today - but it was a decision from approximately ten years ago that caused the issue we face today.


Anyone who has had a septic knows what a "backup" is.  Sometimes these can cause significant damage, but generally speaking they happen at the lowest point in the system - for us that was the basement bathroom.  A Sunday call to our plumber (never a good thing) and a couple hours later and the problem reveals itself...

Seems the lush landscaping that we planted a decade ago found its way to our main line.  Or rather, one of the main lines that was not noted on the survey (House is 47 years old) and really enjoyed the water.  While the cost to replace is nothing to sneeze at, my darling wife is more concerned about saving the landscape than the cost!

Granted, we enjoy gardening in Clarksville..but, had we took a little more time in our selection of plantings and their proximity to our lines we might not be having to deal with this issue.

A lesson learned indeed - the glass is STILL HALF FULL in my book though.  At some point a home will need

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Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike Realtors
931-648-2112 (office)
931-338-1375 (cell)

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Comments (2)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Lovely landscape which has taken several years to mature and develop isn't an easy thing to part with.  But sharing soil with a septic system sometimes require we rethink the position and types of plantings used.  It sounds like you have done that! 

Nov 03, 2013 09:59 AM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Tim, I just ran across your post from 2013 regarding the backup in the septic line around the landscaping.  My wife and I are planning to build, and will be on a septic system.  As a boy, I experienced something similar to what you ran into: my grandmother loved flowers, and planted them all around her house.  I became a pretty good roto-rooter over the next couple of years before Metro Nashville installed a sewer system in her neighborhood.  Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 06, 2015 07:55 AM