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I am looking at Lake Peekskill houses how can I find out if house has serious well /or septic issues

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August 09 2009 - Putnam Valley
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Most sellers understand that buyers will perform due diligence -- including taking water samples and testing the septic, but few, if any, would allow tests before contracts are signed by both parties. 
For your own benefit, you would want to be in contract to purchase a particular house before performing tests on septic and water.  If not, you could potentially waste money on a house that might go into contract with another buyer while you await the results of your tests. 
Bottom line - once you find a home you like and successfully enter a contract to purchase (and make a deposit on the home), then you can have a home inspector perform all the tests you are interested in. 
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August 10 2009
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You need to take a water sample and send it to a lab for analysis. Putnam Valley Town Hall can provide you with a cup and the address of the testing facility where you can drop it off 1 hour after taking the sample.  You have options like shocking the well with bleach to clear the contaminants or installing a UV disinfection system to your home water line.

For septic issues, contacting the home owners septic company for information on the septic tanks condition when it was last pumped and most importantly, when it was last pumped. You may also have the septic company come out and perform an inspection or your home inspector can perform a septic test for you.

Good luck.
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