Making The Switch From Septic To Sewer: What To Know

Posted on: 15 November 2018

There are times when you may be able, as a homeowner, to convert from a septic system to a sewer service. If you are considering this as an option, then you may already be in discussions with a plumber to handle the job. Before you move forward, there are a few things you need to know. Here are a few of those key points you should know about switching from your current septic system to a sewer services and how your plumber can help.

Cleaning and Capping off the Septic Tank

If you are planning on going on sewer services, then you need to have the septic tank serviced a final time. This means having it cleaned out and capped off. You need to make sure that there is no waste left in the tank that could leak if a crack occurs or if you sell the house and the septic system is overlooked. In some areas, it may be required for you to take this step in order to be connected to the sewer services system. Your plumber can help with capping off the flow of the pipes to the septic tank after the cleaning is completed.

Reconnecting the Pipes

One of the biggest areas of the switch over from septic to sewer services is the reconnection of the pipe flow. The pipes will need to be redirected, and new pipe likely placed, to connect your home to the sewer service. This means extensive plumbing work that may take a day to several days. You need to discuss this with your plumber to determine the plan to disconnect and reconnect the plumbing in your home and how long it will take. This can help you prepare for the time without that plumbing service.

Inspection of the Plumbing

A step in the process of switching from septic to sewer that you may need to take is a plumbing inspection. This inspection may be required prior to the final approval for connection to the sewer service. Your plumber can perform this inspection and give you any paperwork you need to move forward with the swap process. They can also make suggestions for making the switch that range from the types of toilet paper to use and other tips and suggestions that can help you.

These are just a few of the key points you should know about about switching from your current septic system to a sewer services. If you have questions, discuss them with your plumber. Also, make sure to discuss the switch with your city sewer department to make sure that you are taking the right steps to be connected to the water and sewer system.