Can I Connect to a City Sewer If I Have a Septic Tank?


Can I Connect to a City Sewer If I Have a Septic Tank?

Formerly rural areas are incorporated into expanding urban centers. This leads to many homeowners connecting their septic tanks to the municipal sewer. Both types of systems have pros and cons. Here are some of the reasons people choose to connect their septic tanks to the public utility system.

Septic Tanks Versus Sewers

A septic tank is buried on a homeowner's property. Bacteria in the tank breaks down waste and sends the detoxified liquid back into the ground water. Homeowners are responsible for septic tank upkeep, including regular pumping. Unfortunately, septic tanks can malfunction. If a problem occurs, the homeowner is responsible for the environmental damage and cleanup — and may even need to pay a fine.

Maintained by the state, the public sewer takes waste and processes out the toxins at sanitation facilities, recycling the clean water back into the environment. For many homeowners, paying for municipal sewage treatment can actually be more expensive over time; however, it removes the hassle and cost of maintaining septic tanks. Increasingly, homeowners are finding that connecting their septic tank to the local shared system provides the best of both worlds.

Making the Connection

If you're thinking about connecting your septic tank, the first step is to contact the municipal authorities to discern whether a sewer line runs close enough. Next, you need to obtain any necessary building permits. Some cities will pay for the connection; otherwise, loans and grants for septic rehab are often available.

Next, find a reliable plumber to engineer the connection between the nearest sewer line and your tank. It's a good idea to speak with neighbors about their plumbing, as it may be possible to connect your septic tank through their property. Completing the project can take about a year, depending on the weather. Don't cut corners by just running a pump to the nearest street drain: the city will assume your septic tank has failed and force you to remove it altogether.

If you have questions about your septic system or are ready to make the leap to the municipal system, get in touch with The Pink Plumber. There's a reason homeowners have trusted our services for the past 50 years. Our knowledgeable team can guide you through the experience and ensure the project is completed properly and on time.