Strasburg woman gets help with septic tank nightmare

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STRASBURG, Colo. -- Deborah Johnson built her house in Strasburg in 2002 and was preparing to retire from the railroad.

"I put my sweat, time, labor and money into this house, and to have somebody just mess it up ...  can't sell it now," Johnson said.

She said she received an offer on her home, but an inspection revealed the septic tank was installed backward.

It will take $8,000 in repairs before she can place her home back on the market and selling the home is a big part of her plan to be able to retire.

"That's just crazy. I don't have that kind of money laying around," Johnson said.

In addition, Johnson is afraid to use the water.

"I’m running my dishwasher every week and a half," she said.

The FOX31 Problem Solvers found the company that installed the tank went out of business and the Tri-County Health Department approved the work.

"We have provided Ms. Johnson options to resolve the problem," the department said.

Johnson said she's looking forward to finally retiring and is happy she spoke up.