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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Wayne and Jennifer Selk bought an Awesome Tract of Land in Murphy NC with The Poltrock Team at REMAX

The View from the Selk's Homesite
The View from the Selk's Homesite

WOW, did we get a deal! We bought a great tract of land in Eagle Mountain and lucked up finding John. It turned out he was the listing agent of the land we purchased, and we went with him to keep our transaction simple. He did a great job keeping us abreast of all the issues and questions we had during the transaction. The septic system was a little bit out of the ordinary, and he was able to assist us through the entire process so that we had a permit when we closed our real estate purchase. We would absolutely use The Poltrock Team again!

Wayne and Jennifer Selk
New Port Richey, FL

Lake Hiwassee View Acreage in Murphy NC for Sale!!

Lake Hiwassee View from Land for Sale in Murphy NC - See Shook's Marina!Here’s an amazing opportunity that I never see – now that says a lot! Here’s a beautiful property with the homesite cut in, 3 bedroom septic system in the ground, driveway, AMAZING multi-layered mountain view, underground utilities, and overlooks Lake Hiwassee and Shook’s Marina! It’s a rare opportunity at only $34,800.

This land is now SOLD!

John Poltrock – The POLTROCK TEAM at REMAX Mountain Properties in Murphy NC – www.MyMurphy.com – JohnPoltrock@gmail.com

Septic Permits Bog Down Buyers in Murphy – But Do They Really?

Obtaining septic permits in Cherokee County has become an issue shrouded in controversy and political pitfalls. I’ve found many of my buyers have been very disgruntled in the fact it takes an average of 6-8 months to get a standard permit. Hold it! Clear your head and use it to your advantage!

One of the most important things to understand is what got us to this point in the first place. This is a very small nutshell of what all has been occurring behind the scenes. We have lost several soil scientists to counties offering to pay them more and provides more benefits. To offset the losses, several younger scientists were hired, but they must train under a veteran in order to eventually work on their own. Coupled with many political issues, the problem snowballed into more than 600 outstanding permits and an average of 6 months wait time.

Now how can you turn this dilemma into a benefit? The fact is most land buyers (especially in the Murphy, North Carolina area) who intend to use their new found property to build their second home, or cabin in our local market, don’t want to build right away. If you’re planning on taking a year or more to build, PERFECT! In this case, you’re making a smart call to buy a tract that doesn’t have a permit.

Now, I’m not saying that buying a piece with a permit is bad – it’s not in any way. What I am presenting is you write an offer on land contingent upon getting a septic permit (FYI – it’s rated by the amount of bedrooms your home will have). That way, you only put up some earnest money and have the property tied up while you wait for the Cherokee County Health Department. You don’t even close on the land till a couple weeks after you have the permit in hand.

The benefit to the buyer? Lots! While the county is working to get you a permit, You’re not paying interest on a land loan, you’re not paying the real estate taxes, you many times get to enjoy appreciation on the property you’re getting, and some investors have even used this time to find a new buyer! There’s a lot of opportunity in what may initially seem like a “bad thing.” We live in an instantaneous age, but if we can sometimes slow down, great things can come to those who wait.

John Poltrock – REMAX Mountain Properties – www.MyMurphy.comJohnPoltrock@gmail.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496