The Stark County Health Department in January began enforcing a regulation that requires a home's sewage treatment system to be inspected before the property is sold.
Exceptions to the the rule:
Doesn't affect any home in the city limits of Canton, Massillon and Alliance or any property a court ordered to be transferred such as in a bankruptcy, foreclosure or transfer upon the death of property owner.
County health officials believe the inspections will help detect troubled systems early, prevent untreated sewage from polluting the waterways and help potential buyers from getting burned.
Since January, of the 129 home sewage systems inspected:
- 16 of them had to be replaced.
- 2 properties had sanitary sewers available; homeowners had to connect.
- 16 systems discharged water into a ditch or nearby waterway and had to tied back into the septic system.
- 20 systems needed further repair.
Inspections can be conducted by the Stark County Health Department or by service providers registered with the County Health Department.
The health department charges $150.00 Most home inspections cost between $150 and $250. The inspections usually take 2 hours or more.
Replacing a septic system can cost anywhere from $7,000 to $20,000.
If you need more information, please call Deborah Wilson, your Stark County Realtor at 330-904-4545.