Wells and Septic Systems
Horse Property in Denver - Wells and Septic Systems Advice
Wells and Septic Tanks in Denver
If you’re thinking of investing in property that is downtown, or out in the country that most of these operate on a well system. These are sometimes private, or sometimes belong to a community.
Your Realtor will always be able to tell you about this, and if they don’t, never be afraid to ask.
Property Lots that were subdivided before 1972 will more than likely receive a Well Permit, but this is something you must check up on before you commit to buying.
In certain cases, the buyer may need to have a well drilled, again, this is something you should discuss with your Realtor, but you should aim on spending a figure roughly equivalent to $15,000 for this to happen should it be needed.
The cost of having a well drilled does not include water storage or other sundry requirements.
A lot will depend on the area you live in and how deep the well will need to be drilled to get good, consistent water flow.
If you have invested in a lot that is served by a community or public water system, make sure before you go ahead and buy that you have checked up on tap costs and availability.
If your chosen house has a well, you will most likely be on a septic system. This needs to be downhill and at a certain distance from the well itself. Although this sounds like it should be common sense and common practice, it isn’t always the case (which currently seems a little unreal, but there you have it!
Wells, Septic Systems, Covenants and Your Horses
Many neighborhoods that operate these systems will unfortunately also have some sort of restrictive covenants.
Some of these can be stricter than others and were usually put in place by the builders. Make sure, before you go ahead and buy that the area you want to move to has restrictive covenants or not as this is something that can be a deal breaker.
You may have found the house of your dreams, the perfect size, and well and then you mention you want to bring horses with you. A restrictive covenant might not allow for this.
How to know if your property is legal for Horses
To make sure your property is legal for horses in Colorado, The Zoning must allow for horses or other large animals
Any Subdivision covenants that are in place must not prohibit the ownership of animals and it MUST allow watering for them.
These two points are absolute standards for a legal horse property. However, at the current moment there are many properties in the Denver area that may not be legal, particularly if they have outbuildings and facilities for horses that do not meet the requirements stated above.
It pays to be prudent. Just because there are horses on a property already, does not mean it is legal for them to be there. Always speak carefully with your Realtor at Kenna Real Estate to get the full picture. We always market legal properties, so this should not be an issue.
When deciding where to live it pays to have the plumbing of any wells and septic tanks, checked over. A good home inspector will get into the crawl space and look at the existing plumbing. They will check the sinks and seals around your toilet. Faucets should be fully working and non-leaking.
Testing a well on Horse Property
Well tests should be undertaken to determine the flow rate, capacity and recovery rate of a well. This needs to be done to make sure the well is working as best it can below the ground.
A test like this will also inspect any equipment to make sure that is functioning properly too. Well tests should be done on all homes with domestic wells.
Add on tests like Water Potability will need to be carried out to make sure water is contaminant free and is also commonly suggested for homes with a private domestic well.
Septic system tests are designed to look at the overall condition of the septic system and leach field. These are required for any homes with a septic system. Some counties within Colorado are required to do these before homes are sold.
Lateral Septic and Sewer Line tests are carried out when a video camera scopes the lateral septic or sewer line from the house to the termination point. These tests are carried out o determine if there are existing or new problems in the line. This could be something like a sinking, breakage, or obstructions due to waste or tree roots. A test such as this is likely to be carried out on all homes but especially those that are brand new and any over a decade old.