Several of McCoy Wright Realty's houses have septic Tanks. If you are occupying one of these houses, the following information can help explain how the septic works and how the mutual Landlord and Tenant responsibilities are explained.
NEVER FLUSH OR PUT DOWN THE DRAIN:
Paper Towels, Feminine Hygiene Products, Wrappers, Cigarette Butts, Food Scraps, Grease, Etc.
- If you are not sure whether you have a septic tank, please ask us immediately!
- Below are a few suggestions for Septic Tank Awareness:
- The best solution for a Tenant to clear simple sink or tub clogs is to use baking soda, white vinegar & boiling water and to NEVER use Drain-O or similar harsh chemical products.
- Harsh chemicals can kill the beneficial bacteria inside the tank causing it to fill up much quicker.
1. Pour baking soda down the drain followed by white vinegar...allow to sizzle and swirl it around a bit to assure mixture is getting down the drain.
2. Quite often, this will force any hair that is clogging the pipe to surface so you can pull it out.
3. Add 1 gallon (or more) of water to a kettle and heat to boiling.
4. While waiting for it to boil, soda and vinegar can sit in the drain for 15+ minutes
5. Slowly pour the boiling water down the drain.
6. Drain should clear almost immediately.
7. If it does not, you will require a plumber so please put in a maintenance request through your online portal.
8. If it is an emergency please call our residential maintenance number at 864-224-3836.
- It is suggested that a Tenant use biodegradable cleaning & grooming products to protect the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank.
- It is Tenant's responsibility to notify Landlord of any problems or backups immediately.
- It is Landlord's responsibility to have the tank pumped if and when it becomes full of waste. This does not include repeated pumping due to excessive ground saturation.
- It is Landlord's responsibility to address reported problems as soon as possible. However, Landlord has no control over how soon a Septic Professional can respond.
- It is Landlord's responsibility to address any recurring issues with backups in reasonable time frame.
- It is Tenant's responsibility to do everything in their power to mop up excess water in the event of a backup.
- Landlord is NOT responsible for loss or damage to personal property due to unavoidable backups including, but not limited to, excessive rainfall and ground saturation
- Landlord is NOT responsible for loss or damage to personal property due to tenant plugging up the pipe leading to the septic tank.
- Landlord is NOT responsible for the cost of unplugging the septic tank if the pipe becomes plugged.
- IF GREASE, PAPER TOWELS, EXCESSIVE TOILET PAPER, FOOD SCRAPS, CIGARETTE BUTTS, WRAPPERS, OR OTHER DEBRIS IS FOUND TO HAVE PLUGGED UP THE SEPTIC TANK PIPE, TENANT WILL BE OBLIGATED TO PAY FOR PLUMBING EXPENSES AND THE COST OF RESIDUAL DAMAGE AND CLEANING
- Landlord is NOT responsible for paying for, or reimbursing Tenant for, the cost of alternative housing should a septic backup occur rendering the house temporarily uninhabitable provided the cause of the backup is something that is out of the control of the Landlord including, but not limited to, ground saturation or blocked pipes.
- It is suggested that all Tenants purchase Rental Insurance and assure that they have coverage for temporary housing in the event of an emergency.
- In the event a septic problem has caused the house to be uninhabitable for an excessive period of time, either Landlord OR Tenant have the right to end the Lease Terms and Conditions without further obligation.
IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS REGARDING RESPONSIBILITY, PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LEASE AGREEMENT