Wells and Septic Systems

Horse Property in Denver - Wells and Septic Systems Advice

Wells and Septic Tanks in Denver

Most of these operate on a sound system if you're considering investing in property downtown or the country. These are sometimes private or sometimes belong to a community.

Your Realtor will always be able to tell you about this; if they don't, never be afraid to ask.

Property Lots subdivided before 1972 will likely receive a Well Permit, but you must check up on this before you commit to buying.

In some instances, the buyer may need to have a well drilled; again, you should discuss this with your Realtor, but you should aim to spend 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 your area and how deep the well will need to be drilled to get good, consistent water flow.

If you have invested in a lot 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.

Septic Systems

You will likely be on a septic system if your chosen house has a well. This must be downhill and at a certain distance from the well. Although this 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

Unfortunately, many neighborhoods that operate these systems will also have some restrictive covenants.

Some of these can be stricter than others and were usually put in place by the builders. Before you go ahead and buy, ensure that the area you want to move to has restrictive covenants, as this can be a deal breaker.

You may have found the house of your dreams, the perfect size, and then you mention you want to bring horses. A restrictive covenant might not allow for this.

How to know if your property is legal for Horses

The Zoning must allow for horses or other large animals to ensure your property is legal for horses in Colorado.

Any Subdivision covenants in place must not prohibit the ownership of animals, and it MUST allow watering for them.

These two points are absolute standards for legal horse property. However, many properties in the Denver area may not be lawful, particularly if they have outbuildings and facilities for horses that do not meet the abovementioned requirements.

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 whole picture. We consistently market legal properties, so this should not be an issue.

When deciding where to live, having the plumbing of any wells and septic tanks checked overpays. A good home inspector will enter the crawl space and examine the plumbing. They will check the sinks and seals around your toilet. Faucets should be fully working and non-leaking.

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Testing a well on Horse Property

Well, tests should be undertaken to determine a well's flow rate, capacity, and recovery rate. This must be done to ensure the well works as best below the ground.

A test like this will also inspect equipment to ensure it functions correctly. Well, tests should be done on all homes with domestic wells.

Add-on tests like Water Potability will need to be carried out to ensure 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.

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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 to determine existing or new problems in the queue. This could be a sinking, breakage, or obstructions due to waste or tree roots. A test such as this will likely be carried out on all homes, especially those brand new and over a decade old. 

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