Odor Hog Stops Septic Gas Smell From Around My Home

My wife, Jessica, and I recently completed building a new home. It’s not the first we’ve built, but the first for us personally. Septic systems reign supreme in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Truth be told, they are excellent at disposing wastewater. While most professionals recommend annual to semi-annual maintenance and pump out, many homeowners choose not touch them until there is a problem. I know of endless scenarios where owners haven’t touched their system in a decade plus.

When we finished construction, we had a unique scenario I’ve never come across in over ten years of being a real estate agent. Brand new system, brand new home, septic system stench in the driveway. It was awful. There were days you could walk outside and it smelled as though the septic tank lid was open in front of you.

I researched to learn this is a fairly common issue. New septic systems vent, or breathe, from the vent stack in your home that normally vents through your roof. Essentially, it is a straight line to the septic tank itself. During low pressure systems in the atmosphere, it can push septic gasses down to where you live and play. Also, our home is built against the bank of a mountain. That, too, can cause downward air flow and cause those gasses to linger against your home.

We found a solution. After much research, we realized this is not uncommon at all. I’d never come across it in selling hundreds of homes. We found a company, Odor Hog, that produces a product that slips over your pipe vent on your roof and filters it using a replaceable carbon bag. It can provide 10 years of service, which was impressive. The reviews were spectacular, yet I skeptically ordered one. 

It works. Through a compression fitting requiring no tools, it slips on and immediately starts working. We’ve not smelled it again, not once, since we installed it. I highly recommend if you find yourself with this apparently common, but still unique, problem, you should buy one. Visit their website below and watch a miracle happen!

Want to learn more about how a septic system operates and how much it costs? Read our article! Searching for a home in the mountains of North Carolina? Let us help! Contact us or Search for Homes and Land in Mountains of NC here.

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North Carolina Governor Extends All Septic Tank Permits to 2020 and Benefits Murphy NC Market

Recently, the State of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper approved a bill extending all septic tank permits that had previously expired (going back to January 1, 2000) to make them valid again. Not only that, they are transferable with ownership. That means if your property had a septic tank permit issued 2000 and later, your permit is good regardless of who owned it when the permit was issued.

Normally in Cherokee County, a septic permit costs $600, takes 3-5 weeks to obtain, and is valid 5 years. Being able to use a formerly expired permit is a huge boost to property owners, real estate agents, land developers, and more. Saving both time and money, it is a boost for the economy allowing a more streamlined process to begin building and construction.

Septic systems are the primary means for wastewater disposal and treatment in our area and throughout much of the United States. While system designs can vary, I’ve written an article about septic systems and their cost here in Murphy NC you can read.

Click the link below to see the document the Cherokee County Environmental Health Department provided. A site inspection by the county’s soil scientist is required PRIOR to installing a septic system designed on a previously expired permit. The soil scientist is going to make sure waste water requirements are met; for example, the sewage is not too close to yours or another drinking well so as not to contaminate it, the site has not drastically altered, and other regulations are met. Once the system is installed, a final visit is made so they can get the system certified to meet all requirements and issue the Operations Permit stating the system is properly installed. Then, you can flush away! 🙂

For all those who made this bill possible, THANK YOU! It is excellent for Cherokee and Clay County and all public of North Carolina.

septic permit extension thru 2020 governor’s bill <—- download the pdf here

Extraordinary Land for Sale with Septic System Installed And Well Water Access in Murphy NC

Here’s an extraordinary value on land for sale in Murphy NC! This property already has the SEPTIC SYSTEM INSTALLEDMAIN AND access to a shared well so you don’t have to drill a well either. Add in the foundation being in place, you can’t beat it! Located in Boulder Creek, it’s in a great community and has lots of infrastructure you would easily spend 12-15,000 on and not including the land! Priced at $17,500, it’s a HUGE bargain!

Click HERE for more Pictures and Information on this home for sale in Murphy, NC.

 The Poltrock Team – REMAX of Murphy NC – www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.comCall us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

 

Unrestricted Tract of Land for Sale in Murphy NC with Septic System in the Ground! 2.38+/- Acres

Martins Creek Unrestricted Land for Sale in Murphy NC***This property is now SOLD!!*** Here’s a great buy on approximately 2.38 acres of land with a septic system in place already! This property even has underground utilities and is right at a state paved and maintained road. It has a cleared area to use and a rough driveway so you don’t have to do much work on it at all!

One of my favorite things about this property is that it is located in Martin’s Creek community – which is one of the best places to be in Murphy! It is rare to find one like this that is completely unrestricted, so you can build any home/cabin of your choice, camp with your RV, or anything else.

This property is something you need to see in person to believe just how nice and great of a buy it really  is!

The Poltrock Team – RE/MAX Mountain Properties – www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.com – Call us Toll-Free 1-866-687-7496

The Importance of a Septic Permit in buying Mountain Property

Many of our customers and clients come from flat lands looking to find their mountain dream spot. Whether they’re looking for a lot in a mountain community, an unrestricted lot, or a tract of land with a lot of acreage, septic permits help ensure you are buying a piece of real estate you can build on and enjoy.

Septic Tank

The above image gives you an idea of what a septic system looks like, and a permit is essentially Cherokee County’s authorization to put a septic system in the ground. They look at your soil type and decide whether it is capable of absorbing the amount of water you’re putting in the ground based on the amount of bedrooms your home will have.

Let me give an illustration of what COULD happen if you don’t get a permit when you buy: You buy the perfect piece of real estate. In a few years, you go to build your home on your land. You don’t want to start building your house till you have the permit in hand. If you apply for it after the fact and the county inspector goes and says your property is not suitable, you’re done for! Yes – there are some ways to appeal it. If you can’t get one at all, you have a property that just dropped in value to next to nothing that would only be worth something to the neighbor next door.

Play it safe – make you contract contingent on receiving a septic permit unless you have a very good reason not to. We would be more than happy to consult with you on how this process works.

John and Jessica Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy, North Carolina – (828) 837-3002 – (866) Murphy-NC

Some things never change! 2009 is here and its still important to get a septic system permit.