Troubleshooting Your Septic System

How Do I Switch From Septic Tank To Sewer Services?

There are several advantages of converting a home from a septic system to a sewer service. Most people usually want to do it, but think that the process involved is long and tedious, so they overlook it entirely. On the contrary, converting from a septic to a sewer system can be simple and straightforward, disrupting wastewater services for only a few hours.

Advantages of a sewer service

  • Sewer systems are odor- and maintenance-free
  • Adds value to a home because most home buyers prefer sewers instead of septic systems
  • Renovations and home additions are hard to do without a sewer system, but you can easily add a new room once you start using sewer services

The Permits

The first thing you must do is obtain all the necessary permits. In general, there is a tie-in fee that you need to pay, but you should contact the local sewer departments to find out what permits you need and how much they will cost you. The installation method could also vary from town to town. The contractor you hire should be aware of what the town expects from people converting to a sewer system and they will advise you accordingly.

The Portable Toilet Setup

Ask your plumbing team how long they expect the setup to take. When you are switching between sewage and septic, your plumbing will be unhooked for a while. Having a portable toilet makes sense as a courtesy to your workers and for your own personal use, if need be.

The Digging

Once you have all the permits, you can start the digging process. You might need to install a pump tank in regards to grade issues. This will only be necessary if the sewer happens to be at a higher elevation than your home's sewer line. The contractor will dig close to the road to find where the "stub" is located. Towns usually leave short pieces of pipes with caps buried so that in such cases, contractors can just tie to the existing stubs instead of cutting the main pipe. Once the contractor finds the pipe, they will conduct an elevation check in order to ensure a correct pitch on the line.

The Installation

Once the digging is complete, the contractor will install the pipes starting from the road. A cleanout is usually necessary every 90 feet. From this point, the contractor will connect the pipes at the house, and the sewer line will be live. You will then need to have a local sewer department inspector come and look at it to ensure that everything has been installed correctly. If they say it is okay, the trench can be filled and graded off.

Once this is complete, you will have to eliminate your old septic tank. It will have to be pumped out first then filled with stone. This process will be inspected as well, and then you're good to go with your new sewer system.

Contact a company like RCS Inc for more information and assistance. 


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