Michigan legislation would help homeowners pay for failing septic systems

“That’s $250 each time they come out,” she said.

This kind of story is frustrating to some of those in the septic system business.

“Why we have governments that can’t protect these things, and can’t work together enough to protect our waterways, just baffles me. I don’t understand that,” said Rick Throop, president of the Michigan Septic Tank Association.

He runs a septic service company in Macomb County. There the county requires a complete septic system inspection before a house is sold and the seller has to fix any problems.

“So if you put a point-of-sale program in place, those things don’t happen. Houses don’t slip through the cracks. People don’t get screwed in the long run because the problems are found before the property transfers,” Throop said.

Very few counties or health departments require that. There was legislation a few years ago to try to require that statewide and find money to help people or communities that need the help. That legislation was blocked.

Among those opposed was the Michigan Realtors Association. Brad Ward, vice president of public policy and legal affairs for the organization, said Realtors support an inspection system, just not one at the point of sale because the group does not feel it’s efficient or fair.

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