Septic system problems - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

12 ON YOUR SIDE

Septic system problems

By Diane Walker - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) – A Caroline County family is in a strange position after on-going problems with their septic system. The couple says the builder failed to disclose critical information and now they're stuck with a house that has no value. 

The Romito's say their story is a cautionary one for any home buyer. The sales contract, they say, doesn't mean a whole lot. It's the documents that are on file with the county. 

"Our children can't play. They've never played in this yard," said Chuck Romito. 

They saw the trouble signs after their year warranty had expired on their $265,000 Lake Caroline dream home. 

"Cracks started forming and the floor started going down to an angle like this," said Michele Romito. 

Wet spots in the yard showed evidence that something bad happened. 

"An odor started permeating from the ground. We realized we were gardening in our own waste," said Michele. 

They got a septic system too small for their house. The Romito's purchased a 4 bedroom home through 'Long and Foster'. The builder, William Thomas 'BT' Goodman, Sr. submitted a building permit application for 3 bedrooms. He built 4 despite a soil re-evaluation that mandated a smaller house. The business partners deny knowledge of any change. 

"He blatantly hid it, just flat out hid it from us," said Michele. 

Chuck Romito discovered the false documents that didn't match his. The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation investigated, so did the board of realtors. The pair, BT Goodman, Sr. and Long & Foster realtor Meredith Minter were fined and disciplined. Minter did not return calls. Another broker gave NBC12 the company line. 

"This is involved in a law suit, as long as it's in litigation we are not going to comment." In a voice message, the builder says "He spent $40,000 trying to repair the drain field, he has nothing to offer anymore, he's unemployed, his company closed, he's on the edge of going broke."      

Meantime, the Romito's have an unusable yard with craters, holes 2 failed septic systems, and a house they can't sell. 

"Take responsibility for what happened and fix it. If that means buy the house back from us that's fine. We will do that and start over somewhere else," said Chuck. 

The Romito's are suing 'Long and Foster'. They say the realtor is their only hope for a fix to end their nightmare. 'Long and Foster' isn't talking about the lawsuit or its realtor, in question. 

(c) 2010. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Sunday, July 23 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-07-23 16:33:05 GMT

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >>

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >>
  • Man shot to death in Petersburg

    Man shot to death in Petersburg

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-07-23 15:09:48 GMT
    Police are in the beginning stages of a homicide investigation, after a man is found shot to death in Petersburg Sunday morning. Officers say they were called to the 2700 block of South Crater Road, around 2 a.m. When they got to the scene, police say they found a man, who had been shot multiple times. That man, 53-year-old Samuel Gee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police continue to investigate, and say they're speaking to witnesses who were present during the shooting. If...More >>
    Police are in the beginning stages of a homicide investigation, after a man is found shot to death in Petersburg Sunday morning. Officers say they were called to the 2700 block of South Crater Road, around 2 a.m. When they got to the scene, police say they found a man, who had been shot multiple times. That man, 53-year-old Samuel Gee, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police continue to investigate, and say they're speaking to witnesses who were present during the shooting. If...More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Still Very Hot Tomorrow, More Strong Storms Possible

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Still Very Hot Tomorrow, More Strong Storms Possible

    Saturday, July 22 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-07-23 02:36:05 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly