GREEN, OH (WOIO) - There are rules for a reason on where you can have your septic tank and where you can't.
Beneath the carpet in a 1998 addition to a home in Green, Ohio is an access door to the septic tank. It's something no one ever mentioned when the couple that lives there now bought the home a year ago.
They worry health dangers might be lurking beneath, especially given the very active life of daughter Lucy, a 2-year-old.
The carpet pad is stained by something.
The Branhams discovered the problem after other plumbing work was done, and there appeared to be a back-up, so they called a plumber. That's when they found out the septic system was in the house.
It's about 60 feet from the back door, the couple said.
The bigger issue is how the building permit allowed the strange situation to happen.
According to the Green Zoning Department, there was no septic inspection required at that time. There is a point of sale inspection required, but somehow it didn't happen when the Branhams bought the home.
The original owner sold it and another owner flipped it after it sat empty for a time.
Right now there are two equally bad and expensive choices: one is to install a new system, the other is to leave the home completely.