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06-07-2014 10:15 PM
Juliem24 I agree with that, however, when we lived in Chicago, the water tasted like chlorine (I grew up on well water, so that was awful), and every year the sewers backed up into the basements ( we lived on the south side, not the Gold Coast!). Once, it was 4 ft deep. Lost all my moms old Christmas ornaments, all my husbands pics from VietNam deployment, and lots of other stuff including washer and dryer water heater and furnace three times. The cost was minimal in taxes and water fees, but we made up for it with all the losses...that insurance would not cover.
06-06-2014 10:58 PM
ozzymama We're well and septic. Our well is over 150 years old, the silt was cleaned out before us - they do get silt. We have a jet pump - it's OK, for now. When we moved here, the water quit, clogged ejector. $800. The water here is hard, so much so, when we converted out heat source from electric to gas and put a new water heater in, the company we dealt with refused to install a more efficient on-demand system. We replaced the pump, most don't have a great warranty and although ours was only 2 years old, it had been discontinued and therefore, nobody could fix it or get parts. $465 for a new pump, (we installed ourselves) so $1,265, add in a time I had to call a plumber to prime the pump because we lost power and dh was out of town, $200 - so we are at $1,465. Low water through the summer, possibly someone overdrawing the aquifier, $100, so $1,565 (to dump a few hundred gallons of safe water). Par-boiled.
Well Cost since November 2012: $1,565
Cost to drill a new well $12,000
Cost to install submersible in current well - new pipes to the house as pipes eventually corrode - especially at 50 year mark, our house was built in 1949 $4,500 - if we do digging and relandscaping
Septic, pretty issue free. I use Sealand tablets monthly, they cost about $5/month.
Freeze in November, deep frost that did not leave until late april, frozen weeping tiles for septic, significant melt, septic backed up, not in the house, just not leaving... $200 for pump out and $200 for plumber to come clear drain, poop and toilet paper do not dissolve if no pressure to send them out
Annual maintenance $60
Freak thaw pump-out $200
Clearing of lines $200
So, since November 2012, cost to be my own Utility, $2,025 - had the excess money when the issues arrived, to solve them within 36 hours... Not an option for many folks. I paid $60 for water and sewer in the city previously, I have spent twice what I did in the same time period, living the cheaper, rural life. However, I might not have an issue for 10 years again, dropping those costs to a pittance annually, or both systems might go leaving me $50,000 in the hole and no guarantee of water or value in my home. I have lived here two years, it's worth 8% more than what I paid, those two systems go, I'm down 15-20% on my investment. #not worth it!
Tha country has great benefits, but man, it's got some draw backs most people don't think of. Think 36 hours (fast turn around) without a shower or able to flush a toilet.
06-06-2014 08:23 PM
lennyb How often should the well / water and septic be tested - checked? I know were gonna give up a lot of convenience moving to the country ( city utilities, etc ) but god I can't wait. Have lived in big cities my whole life and I can honestly say I'm done with it. Not only will we save alot of money but I picture my kids and dogs being able to run around ( want at least 2 to 3 acres minimum ), the fresh air, no hustle and bustle.. Just being able to breathe..
06-06-2014 03:50 PM
Mikelia I just moved to the country so haven't had to do much as far as maintenance yet. My inlaws own the house and in 40 years the well has never run dry, the water always tests good, is not hard and the septic gets pumped every 5 years or so. I can say the water tastes much better than city water.
06-06-2014 02:50 PM
huntergreen op, you might not like the taste of your well water. hate mine, not an issue have water service deliver 10 5 gallon jugs which last 2 months or so. 5.00 a jug. of course we have the cooler also. some well water, next town over tastes very good. the well pump can fail an costs me approx 700.00 to replace. our well is 3oo feet deep. septic has never been an issue.
06-06-2014 02:45 PM
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
I have well/septic and it's not bad . I have a water softener and add salt every couple months. Of course we are careful about what we throw in the toilet. We drink and cook with it. It also has worked better with the fish tanks. When you purchase the house get an inspection done on it. Mine was paid for by the seller. I also had a plumber come out and he was able to put a camera and give me video of the lines and stuff.
you drink and cook with your toilet??????? lol
06-06-2014 02:35 PM
Lilie We are on a well & septic. Where we live, if our septic goes out we have to update to the other kind - the one that sprays the water into your yard. Going to cost an arm and a leg. Well over 8K.

We had our water tank rust out once, and that was an unpleasant surprise. Of course, I was in the shower at the time.

Had a horse clip the well head and break it off. Had to have it replaced - not an easy or cheap task. Now we have a building over it.

When we have heavy rains for days our sewer will drain slowly. But *knock on wood* it's never backed up into the house. My sister's does. Yuck.

The well is run via pump. So if your electricity goes out, so does your water.

Not charged for water useage - but you do pay for electricity for the pump to run.

Every pipe, joint, casing it your responsibility.
06-06-2014 02:25 PM
Originally Posted by kiya View Post
Wow 1200' we are on an aquifer they hit water at 75' here.

Yeah, it was a really unpleasant surprise when we had the well put in....

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06-06-2014 01:55 PM
kiya Wow 1200' we are on an aquifer they hit water at 75' here.
06-06-2014 01:07 PM
LoveEcho On well and septic (we live in a very rural area). I've never lived anywhere with city utilities, now that I think about it. It's pretty low maintenance.... as others have said, some salt in the water softener (we're on top of a mountain and our well is VERY deep- over 1200 ft-- so we have a lot of iron), which is easy. Septic pump-out every few years depending on the size, which is also pretty low-key... someone comes and does it and it only take a short period of time. The only thing we have to pay attention to is water usage, because our flow rate is pretty low... but that's not a common thing (normal usage is easy for most wells).
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