Residential Septic to Sewer Conversion
Should I Convert My Septic System to Sewer?
Cities and towns are constantly running sewer lines into new districts and down new roads. The houses that were on septic systems originally now have the option to tie into public sewer. This is a perfect opportunity for people who have old systems and failing systems. You are not required to tie into public sewer, and if you have a newer septic system it might be better to just wait. The cost of installing and maintaining a new septic is much higher than paying a quarterly sewer bill. The sewer line is also maintenance and headache free. Don’t let a minor plumbing issue become a major problem or lead to costly water damage, call the professionals at ProFix Drains & Hydro Jet today!
Septic Tank Decommissioning
If you would like to discontinue use of your septic and connect to the municipal sewer, the first step in disconnecting a septic system is getting the proper permits from the local authorities. Be sure you hire a licensed plumbing contractor to assure proper decommissioning methods are followed. This will help ensure that our health, safety and environment are protected.
Septic tanks are full of untreated wastewater. Wastewater is loaded with contaminants including bacteria, viruses, parasites and nitrates which can cause diseases or other health or environmental problems. If abandoned and not properly decommissioned, wastewater will eventually leak out, contaminating the soil, groundwater and polluting local watercourses.First ProFix Drains & Hydro Jet and the homeowner must obtain all the necessary permits. There is generally a tie-in fee that the homeowner must pay. It is not cheap, but keep in mind that it cost the town a lot of money and time to run the new sewer line down your road. You can contact your local town sewer department to find out about the different permits.
Advantages of a Septic to Sewer Conversion
- Increased Home Value—home buyers may be put off by a home that runs on a septic tank. They see it as a negative because they are responsible for maintenance and repairs.
- Odor-Free—Septic systems may produce odor especially if a backup occurs.
- Legalities—Some cities may not permit residences to expand their home or build a patio or swimming pool over an area directly above a septic system.
Requirements for Septic Tank Abandonment Code
When wastewater disposal systems are abandoned, a septic tank must have the sewage removed by a licensed septic tank pumper. The process of disconnecting a septic system is either taking out the old tank completely or filling it up with rubble. If the old tank is being totally taken out, it must be removed with power equipment. Often, the old tank is crushed and simply put back in its old hole, or it can be disposed of elsewhere. The next step in this method of septic tank decommissioning is filling in the hole with dirt, gravel or some other type of rubble. If the tank is being left in place, then it must be filled in totally with dirt or rocks, and its cover and lid must be securely fastened. No matter how it is done, disconnecting a septic tank can be tricky. Your best plan of action should be to call a professional to evaluate your specific circumstance and resolve it in a timely manner.
If your septic system is still in relatively good condition, it may not always be in your best interest to abandon your septic tank. While it makes perfect sense to get rid of a septic system that’s always backing up into the house, a septic system in good condition may continue to serve your family well for more than a decade.
If you haven’t had issues with your septic system, be sure to carefully evaluate all the costs involved. Not only will you have to pay for the septic tank abandonment, but you’ll also have to pay the city to hook up to their sewer system, as well as any monthly sewer fees they may charge. When your system is giving you trouble, you may find that the cost of septic tank abandonment and sewer access is quite a bit more than repairing your system or even replacing the existing septic tank.
Septic Tank Removal Contractor
If you’re in need of septic to sewer conversion, contact ProFix Drains & Hydro. We provide plumbing repair, drain cleaning, maintenance, and installation of septic systems throughout Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. Call us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment. We’ll send a licensed plumber who is certified by Los Angeles County for plumbing leak detection or any plumbing related project.
Let our trained and certified septic to sewer conversion contractors handle the permits and removal or fill of your old septic tank, installation of your new sewer pipe and connect your home to the existing city sewer line. We’ve been keeping our clients worry-free for over 15 years.