I’m under contract to purchase a ~50 pad mobile home park in North Carolina and I’m currently in the due diligence period. There are approximately 45 septic systems in the park. Most of the systems are for individual lots. The remaining systems are shared between only two lots. The individual systems are 1,000 gallon concrete tanks with PVC tees along with gravel drainfields, all with sufficient repair area. The shared systems are 1,500 gallon concrete tanks with PVC tees along with gravel drainfields, all with sufficient repair area.
Most of the systems have filters on them as well. The lots are large and the terrain is hilly, so there should be good drainage.
Thus far, I’ve identified that only 5 of those septic system tanks have been pumped/cleaned in the last 5 years.
The owner claims that there’s no cause for alarm given that none of the remaining 40 tanks have been pumped/cleaned recently. The county environmental health officer also attests that there have been minimal to no complaints about septic systems at the park.
The owner is blocking my attempts to get a septic contractor into the park to dig open the lids to the tanks to perform simple inspections of the fluid levels in the tank along with whether water appears to have come above the tee.
Essentially, I’m being told that I can only have a septic contractor walk the park to investigate whether any water is surfacing from the drainfields.
My question to you all is…what would you do in these circumstances? Ask for a price reduction? Demand access to inspect the tanks (as I have provided to me in the purchase contract)? Something else?