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How Septic To Sewer Conversion Works

Jul 8

A well-maintained septic tank makes an essential input when it comes to home comfort. With them, homeowners can safely dispose of their waste without risking their health and their neighbors’. However, due to their substantial maintenance costs, most homeowners are converting their septic tanks into sewers.

Besides the cost of maintenance, another cause of this shift is the lack of repair permits from the local sewer authorities. Essentially, most local sewer authorities don't issue permits related to septic repairs to encourage property owners to adopt the sewer system.

So what does the septic to sewer conversion take? This guide discusses the various steps you can take to shift from septic to sewer system. Read through it.


Step 1: Contact Your Local Town Sewer Department

If you intend to replace your septic tank for the sewer system, you should first communicate your intention to your local town’s sewer department. Upon your notification, the department will analyze its sewerage networks to assess whether pipes connect to your place.

The transition from septic to sewer will be straightforward if sewer pipes are passing by your place. On the other hand, if there is no sewer connection near your home, you may have to pay additional fees to get the connection or terminate the project.


Step 2: Obtain the Necessary Permits

Before you commence the sewer installation project, you should obtain the necessary permits to ensure compliance with the local authorities and the government's provisions, if any.

To qualify for the permits, you should provide a certificate of inspection from a certified plumber. The certificate is proof that your actions won't affect the people in the neighborhood. You can proceed to the installation process after you are granted the certificates.


Step 3: Find a Certified Plumber to Do the Septic To Sewer Conversion

Now that you have the necessary permits, how do you find a reliable plumber? Though finding a trusted repairs expert is not easy, there are sure ways you can use to land a reputable plumber, including:

  • Asking for Referrals


Your friends and relatives can refer you to a reliable plumber, especially if they had a similar project before.

  • Finding Online


Any reputable plumbing company would undoubtedly wish to expand their customer reach out using online platforms. That said, you can always find a reputable plumber by just typing the keywords on search engines.

You can judge the quality of their job by checking their customer experience in the comments section.


Step 4: Have the Project Executed

After landing a good plumber, the next step is to execute the project. Typically, any qualified plumber should follow the following procedure.

  • Locate the septic tank, open its top and order the septic to be pumped out by a trusted hauler


The waste in the septic is full of contaminants, and the best way to ensure the safety of the plumbing crew and the people around is to get rid of it first.

  • Locate the pipe connecting the septic to the house


After disposing the waste, the plumber should identify the waste pipe connecting the house to the septic and then connect it to the sewer. In some instances, the plumber may have to install a new line, especially if the one existing is old or has some defects.

  • Fill or crash the septic tank completely


After connecting your house to the sewer, the plumber should fill or crash the septic tank to ensure the households' safety and that of the other people around. Leaving the septic could be a serious safety hazard as the lids may cave in and cause serious injuries or even death.

  • Maintain the sewer system


After executing the project, the plumber should inspect the sewer system to ensure your continued comfort at home. However, they can only do this for a fee.



The transition from septic to the sewer system will give you peace of mind. You will no longer experience the considerable maintenance costs or odor discomforts associated with the use of septic tanks. The only cost you will encounter is the municipal council's service fee, which is usually less. If you are tired of septic repairs, adopt the sewer system today and enjoy its never-ending comfort.