Septic to Sewer Conversion & what you need to know:
The local public works department will generally maintain the sewer system in cities and towns. In areas where the local sewer system does not serve the neighborhood, homes use a septic system for their wastewater treatment. Continue reading to learn more about septic to sewer conversion.
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Decommissioning Your Septic Tank for Septic to Sewer Conversion
To disconnect your septic tank and connect to the municipal water main, you must hire a licensed plumbing contractor. This will ensure that proper decommissioning procedures are in place. Untreated wastewater can contaminate our environment, health, and safety. Untreated sewage can contain bacteria, viruses, and nitrates that can cause health problems or other environmental issues. If wastewater is not properly removed, it will eventually leach out and pollute the groundwater, soil, and waterways.
All Service Plumbers and the homeowner must first obtain all the necessary permits. The homeowner will typically need to pay a tie-in fee. Although it’s not cheap, the town will spend a lot of time and money installing a new sewer line. To learn more about permits, contact your local sewer department.
Safety hazards can also be created by septic tanks that are not properly removed from service. For example, the lid or top of an abandoned septic tank can collapse or cave in if it hasn’t been filled with soil. A fall from an abandoned septic tank can cause serious injuries or even death.
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Septic Tank to Sewer Conversion
The conversion of your home from a private septic system into a municipal sewer system should be straightforward. A licensed contractor digs up the waste pipe connecting the house and the septic tank and re-routs the line. The city will typically connect the new pipe into the public sewer. Note that installing and maintaining a new septic system is more expensive than paying quarterly sewer bills.
Sewer lines are maintenance-free, eliminating potential and annoying problems in the future as the responsibility to maintain the sewer line is now the cities. The best thing about sewer over septic tank is that the value of your property increases. In some instances, cities will not permit pools, remodeling, or room additions in homes with septic systems.
Septic Tank Abandonment Code Requirements
A septic tank that has been abandoned must have its sewage removed by a licensed plumbing contractor. The tank must then be completely filled with concrete, soil, or any other approved material, as required by the Uniform Plumbing Code. Disinfection of the area surrounding the site may also be necessary, depending on the site’s condition.
It may not be in your best interests to get rid of your septic tank if it is in good condition. It is sensible to remove a septic tank that is constantly backing up into your home. However, a well-maintained septic system should be able to continue serving the home for many years to come.
Even if you don’t have any issues with your septic tank, make sure you carefully consider all costs associated with septic to sewer conversion. You will not only need to pay for the septic system abandonment but also the fees that the city charges to connect to their sewer system. If your system is having problems, it’s possible that the cost for the septic tank abandonment and sewer access will be more expensive than the cost of fixing your system.
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