Septic Inspection Day!

It’s septic inspection day! Do you ever wonder where your poop goes?

Yes, a septic inspection matters! For a homeowner, you want to be sure that your septic system is in good working order. As a seller you want to be sure that your septic system is in good working order. And as a homebuyer, you don’t want to purchase a property without knowing that your poop is going to be disposed of properly. And the only way to know this is to have a septic inspection.

In this video you’ll learn about how septic systems work and you see a man being lowered into a poop tank! Stay tuned. I hope that his video will be fascinating for many of you.

A septic system is made up of a septic tank where all of the solids and liquids from a house go. The system also includes a distribution box as well as a leach field, or drain field. Septic systems are buried in the ground. The earth with its microorganisms and bacteria and earthly goodies play a big part in cleaning the wastewater from your dishwasher, washing machines, sinks and toilets before it returns to ground water.

During a septic inspection the drain field is located. They do this by inserting a long skinny rod into the earth and feel for the stones and the pipes in the drain field.

Once the field is found then they lift the lid of the septic tank. The upper part of the septic tank is inspected with mirrors to locate where the incoming pipe, the outgoing pipe, the condition of the rim of the tank, and the condition of the baffles or filters for the pipes.

Once the upper part of the tank is inspected, then it is time to empty it. Once it is emptied using the tanker the rest of the tank inspection can be performed. This part of the inspection looks for cracks and leaks and any other abnormalities in the system.

When the guys opened this lid during our inspection, the first thing that they said was that the level of the sewage was low which indicated that there was a leak in the tank somewhere. And yes, if there was smell-a-vision you would smell the strong stench of raw sewage everywhere.

Now the interesting part happens. One of the men (and they all have done this, everyone gets their turn) puts on a hazmat suit, gloves, facemask, boots, safety harness and gets lowered into the septic tank to find out where the problem is. He is also handed a camera at the end of a snake which is inserted into the outgoing pipe to find the distribution box.

There was a leak found at the outgoing pipe. And to fix it the distribution box had to be dug up. When they dug up the distribution box they found that the box was in bad shape so that had to be replaced too.

Now with all of the parts in working order, water is introduced into the system. It’s called a hydraulic load test. And the hydraulic load test will introduce water into the system that will replicate that of a normal household usage. The inspector returns the next day to see if all of the water that was introduced into the system and disbursed into the earth below or it is pooling and overflowing on top of the ground which would indicate another problem.

Septic systems are systems that must be maintained. Generally it is recommended that the homeowner have the septic tank emptied at least every two years. When a house is sold in PA the seller pays to have the tank emptied for the inspection. Remember it’s the homeowner’s poop and he should pay to have his own sewage hauled away.

This inspection was complicated because of its location in the house. But it also included someone being lowered into the tank which is very unusual!

If you have any other questions about septic inspections, please ask them below and I will get answers for you.

To get Christman Septic Service to your property, call tel:610-285-2563 or contact them through their web sight

What’s selling and What’s not! – here in the Lehigh Valley

Today, I’m going to review the March 2020 Real Estate market reports for the Lehigh Valley. These numbers include the time that the Corona virus started in our area and when many of us were told to stay at home.

First thing to talk about is new listings that came on the market.  As you can see in 2019 there were 959 listings that came on to the market compared to the 722 of March 2020.  That resulted in a whopping -24.7% change!  What this mean to you as a home buyer is that there are less properties to look at in your price range and you have more competition with other active buyers looking to purchase.  As a seller this means that the market is ripe for your to LIST YOUR HOME WITH ME to get it sold.  As a seller you can count on having multiple offers if your house is in good condition and priced right.

Next up is closed sales or properties that have SOLD!  You see that the number for 2019 shows that 609 properties sold last year in March.  This year only 554 properties sold.  Which produced another change of -9.0%.  For both the buyer & seller this proves that inventory is low which has caused the numbers to drop.  This is not a good indication of the pandemic because the majority of these sales had been in the works about 45 days before they closed in march.

The next slide shows you the length of time that a house is on the market until it gets tagged as SOLD.  You’ll see that the days on market has decreased 20.4% to 43 days on market.  This time last year it was 54 days on market.  The number is a refection of  the lack of inventory and the level of competition.  There are a lot of buyer in the market with out enough inventory to choose from.  One tip that I would give a buyer is be sure that you’re pre-approved for a mortgage before you go looking.  You need to be ready to make an offer as quickly as you can and without a pre-approval you won’t be able to write an offer.

The average sales price has risen by 6.5% which is a great thing if you’re  a seller.  The new average is $238,350 up from 4223,812 last year.  As a buyer rising prices is just more proof that the market is hot and you have to make a decision quicker than later.  It also means that there isn’t much room for negotiation if prices are rising.

The next slide hasn’t changed much over the last 5 years.  The percentage of the list price received by a seller is now at 98.7%.  Over the last five years this number has always been in the 97+% range.  Good for sellers and a tough negotiation for buyers.  But there are

The next slide shows us that the inventory is shrinking.  This is a clear indication of the affect that the virus is having on the market.  Because we have had the shelter-in-place order and real estate is not considered essential at this point in time, many sellers have been sitting on the sideline which has resulted in the 36.5% reduction in inventory. 

The lack of inventory is told in another way….The months supply of inventory.  At this point in time we have 1.4 months supply of inventory if we continue to sell at the current rate.  The inventory is down by 41.7%.  In march of 2018 and 2019 we had 2.4 months supply.  This is another clear indication that the pandemic is having an effect on the real estate market.

If you are interested to know what your home is worth, please contact me today for your free consultation.  We can have our appointment virtually so that you don’t have to leave the house, but you’ll be able to get the information and answers that you’re looking for.

How To Be A Morning Person

Are you wishing that you could become one of those rare morning people? The peeps that wake up feeling refreshed & energized, get in the morning workout or wrap up some work.

Here are five tips to help you achieve that early bird status!

  1. Create a morning schedule. Write down the things you’d like to complete in the morning, set a time for each – stick with it. Once you have gotten out of bed early for one or two weeks consistently, you’ll find it gets easier to do.
  2. Let the light in. Natural or artificial, light tells your brain its time to get up and get going. If your bedroom does not have large windows where you can open the blinds up, consider a timed lamp or a alarm clock with a light.
  3. Prep and eat breakfast. Many of us who chose to skip breakfast, this is the key to perking up your energy in the morning. By prepping protein-focused meals the night before or you can grab a yogurt or fruit to consume it right after you wake.
  4. Get your body moving. Short walk around your neighborhood or spin class, getting your blood pumping will wake up your body, it also has a ton of other benefits, like stress & anxiety reduction.
  5. Feed your mind. Stimulate your brain, do something you enjoy first thing in the morning by reading your favorite book, daily meditation, or setting intentions.
Good Morning