Thursday, October 4, 2007

New Acreage Homeowner? Attend a Class to Understand Your Septic System

If you just moved to Ham Lake, MN, you have a septic system. The City of Ham Lake does not have a city sewage system. All homeowners have private sewer systems that must be maintained properly. In fact there are many other communities through out Anoka County where septic systems are the norm. Whether you are in Columbus, Wyoming, Lino Lakes, Forest Lake or Linwood, if you are on acreage, chances are that you have a private sewage system.

When my family moved to our acreage home over a decade ago, we came from North St. Paul with city water and sewer. We knew replacing a septic system would be expensive and were told to “protect” our system but didn’t know what that meant.

Our builder made a point of explaining that it is important that nothing heavy runs across the system or drainfield. They should be left alone…So how heavy is heavy? Car- heavy? Lawn tractor- heavy? We didn’t have a clue.

Our family was told to be careful of the products we used. Avoid pouring chemicals down the drain. No more bleach? Ever? Could we wash out a paint

No garbage disposal. No powdered detergents. No running the faucet. Don’t plant trees or bushes. Have the system pumped periodically. The rules are endless regarding septic systems. But as a Realtor living and working throughout Anoka County, I know that it is imperative to protect my septic system as part of my home investment and avoid a sewage backup.

On October 15, 2007 the
University of Minnesota Extension Service will be giving the class, Homeowner Education for Septic Systems. The two hour program costs $5 and will be held from 7-9pm at the Bunker Hills Activity Center. Preregistration is required.

Don’t worry if the class doesn’t fit into your schedule. The program is offered periodically throughout the year. In the meantime The University of Minnesota Extension Service Septic Owners Guide is available as an online
HERE. Get your septic system answers for with the click of a mouse!

Additional articles for acreage homeowners:What is a Minnesota Unique Well Number?
Affordable Minnesota Lakeshore
Dreaming of life on MN Acreage? What YOU need to know before YOUR Move!
Time to Pump it Out! Septic Service Provides Comic Relief Too!
Minnesota Lakeshore Is Affordable Again!
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If you are relocating to Minnesota, are looking for Homes for Sale in the north and east Twin Cities metro area and need help from a professional Realtor, give me a call or visit my website for a FREE Relocation Packet. I specialize in acreage properties! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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