Sewage leak plagues luxury real estate

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DEAR BOB: In June 2001 we bought a million-dollar new home. But we soon began experiencing problems with the septic system. Surface sewage leaked to the surface. The county and the home builder tried to fix it, but they failed. They are still trying to fix it. In the meantime, we have to pump the septic system every 10 days. What is the best way to force our home builder to buy back our defective house so we can move on? – Melia W. DEAR MELIA: Please consult a local real estate attorney. From your description, it appears there is no local sewer connection and you have a septic system with inadequate ground drainage. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. A building permit never should have been issued for your new house if the lot was not suitable for a septic system, which drains into the ground. The terminology is the lot won't "perk." You could sue the home builder for breach of warranty. But at this late date, that might be unproductive. If I were in your situation, unless t...