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How to Go About Disengaging Bathwater Drainage from Going into the Septic Tank?

Question Asked by 2Q&Learn: How to go about disengaging bathwater drainage from going into the septic tank?
What do I need to know in order not to mess up the rest of the sewage system?
We use biodegradable soap, & want to water the yard with it. We live in the desert, & want to conserve water.

Thank You.
Where do I go to find out the laws regarding this in my locality? Planning ommision? Health Department? Other?

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Answer by Eat My Shorts
Without seeing the schematic of your plumbing,It’s impossible to answer your question.But,bar using buckets to physically remove the water from your bath tub,Which is very laborious,You really need to re-route your plumbing to an outside storage area of the sort by an experienced plumber.

Answer by thewrangler_sw
You will need to disconnect the tub drain from the rest of the drain system. I would do this at the point where the tub drain connects to the main system.

Cap off the exposed opening to the main drain, and youre all set there.

Now, you need to re-route the tub drain — if your tub is not quite a bit higher than your yard, then you may need to invest in a sump pump. You need some kind of storage for the water to drain into…this can be as simple as some 55 gallon drums (plastic), or a concrete septic tank, even, if you want to hold a few hundred gallons of water in storage. If you are going to need that sump pump… then I would bury the storage tank, and put the sump pump in it. It would also be a good idea to add a vent stack, somewhere along here.

Last thing to do, is to run a line from the storage to wherever you want it…. you can either rig a faucet and hose, sprinkler, or even underground sprinklers for this stage of things.

If you want to water at specific times…. then put the sump pump on a timer or manual switch… just don’t forget to empty the tanks, hehehe.. or the tub wont drain.

Have Fun

Answer by saaanen
I wouldn’t do anything until I checked with the locality. In some places what you want to do is illegal.

Answer by champ2785
It’s illegal unless you treat the water.

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Does Anyone Know Anything About Septic Dosing Sytems?

Question Asked by Kristina S: Does anyone know anything about Septic Dosing Sytems?
We have a back up in our spetic tank (dosing system) and need to know know anyone knows any details about them.
We need to know about the connection between the first tank and the pipe leading to the dosing tank. Is there a flap there that closes off the outlet from the first tank to the pipe leading to the second tank?

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Answer by yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
ask someone from lowes or home depot they are very good at that stuff

Answer by Sugar PIe
Don’t flush anything down them that the bugs in there can’t digest, including grease, tampons, dental floss, or condoms. These items will only clog the system.

Periodically, flush some fresh enzumes down the toilet. These are sold on the cleaning aisle, usually with cleaners and other chemicals. They can come as a liquid, ina bottle, or as a powder, in a box. Rid-X is one brand out there.

If you inherited a septic system from previous owners of the home, or had renters there before you, it’s probably a good idea to get it pumped to avoid it backing up.

Answer by swoop
No, there isn’t a flap in that pipe.

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Where Should I Post a Question About Property Taxes & Septic Tank Issues?

Question Asked by Power: Where should I post a question about property taxes & septic tank issues?
I might have to pay thousands of dollars to remove these tanks under my ground. I also pay a large amout for taxes. I am wondering if my taxes should be lowered if others in my county who have public sewage are not paying the same rate as I am?

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Answer by Steve D
Usually, everyone in the same jurisdiction pays the same rate which is based upon the house’s assessed value. If someone’s house is valued above yours, they will pay more, yet pay the same rate, if someone’s house is valued less, they also will pay the same rate but pay less overall. If someone is paying a lower rate (not amount, but actual rate per $ 100/$ 1000 of assessed value), you need to determine why that person is paying a lower rate – very rarely will it be because ofsewer versus septic.

The only question would be whether hooking up to public sewer increases or decreases the value of your house (my guess is that it increases the value which will in the long run [after the next assessment] increase the amount you pay).

And note that the county/jurisdiction will not give you a break just because you have to spend money to remove septic tanks.

Answer by Max Hoopla
The costs of removal of septic tanks will be an adjustment to the basis in the home. Having a sewer instead of a septic system will affect the market value and thus the tax assessment value.

Answer by tro
probably your county
removing the old system and being connected to the community line is your expense, has nothing to do with taxes
your property is assessed on its useage and improvements which include buildings

Answer by Beverly S
Ask in the rental/real estate section. But your question isn’t clear.. why would you have to remove the tanks? Tax rates are the same whether you have septic or sewer.

Answer by Tigger
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I would think once you are hooked up to public sewer the tanks should stay there or the city should take them out when they change over. They really are not hurting anything in the ground empty.\’

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Q&a: How Much Does It Coast to Get a Septic System Hooked Up? Also How Do I Go About Getting It Hooked Up?

Question Asked by : How much does it coast to get a septic system hooked up? Also how do I go about getting it hooked up?
I really wold like to know soon. I would like to get this on the ball.
I have tried to call places. The only place I could thank to call was the water company. They said they didn’t do it they only do the water.

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Answer by Chrys
cost….and it depends…it can run you $ 5000-$ 6000 in some areas. Call up all the companies in your area and ask THEM

Answer by colin_watts20
Call a septic company and inquire. Every place is different, requires more/less gravel/stone, different sizes, different drain fields, different laws, different soil types, different contractors, on and on and on.

Google search, Yellow pages…. Ask around your area. I know some places will give discounts for multiple jobs in the same area.

Answer by saaanen
Start with the Health Department to find out which system you have to have, and how it has to be installed.

Answer by GreenTeaGOOD
Amanda, as to your septic hook-up project, your best bet would be to get a hold of some local plumbing contractors. Many give free estimates with no obligation, and taking advantage of this is the consumer-smart way to go about finding an accurate answer to your question. It’s important that you get a local estimate and not rely on guesses found here on Yah because the cost of material (septic installation material, if any) and labor greatly varies by location.

A local plumbing contractor can easily assist you in this project of yours. If you negotiate well with the contractor and he buys the materials (i.e., the septic system, etc.) for you, you may try to have him pass the discounted cost of the materials to you in exchange for giving him the job, as usually contractors get discounts (called “contractor’s discounts” / “contractor’s price”) when buying from suppliers because of the many purchases they make as required by their jobs..

As I said, free estimates from local plumbing contractors are the key to your success in this home improvement project of yours. Here’s a great link to a handyman site that offers free very resourceful information to assist you in your project, and, ultimately, selecting a local plumbing contractor in an effort to get the best deal for you:

INFO on local plumbing contractors:

I’m sure you’ll find the information you need, specifically the tips, useful as it relates to being treated fairly by contractors and exploring the consumer-wise approach of getting free written estimates to find the best contractor in your area.

The Internet. Just whatever is available online and what I have on my mind, including the inclusion of relevant sites, like the one cited that came about from my efforts, which is intended to be useful. Helping people get the relevant info they want is great.

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Does Anyone Know Anything About a Septic Tank?

Question Asked by Prego with baby #2!: Does anyone know anything about a septic tank?
I wanted to buy this beautiful house but i heard that a septic tank can be costly. Can anyone help with the question?

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Answer by Dan
dont touch a septic tank!!!

Answer by Mr. Goodkat
Well, what do you mean costly? Septic tanks need to be pumped out sometimes, and if it backs up, you will know it real quick. But septic tanks are used all over and its not like they are rare.

Answer by Dave and Rebel G
You have to have it pumped out every year or two depending on how big it is which costs $ 150-$ 200. and you need to use Ridex in in once a month (about 6 bucks) IT is only costly if poorly maintained and allowed to leak.

Answer by sassy2
Well the septic tank is already in the ground. All you do is find out the size of the tank and the last time it was pumped out. Just two of us and we have the tank pumped out every two years. But only the toilets go into that. Sinks, tubs, washer and dishwasher empty into separate dry wells. So you may need to have it done more often. Plus is there is no sewer bill.

a septic tank is a tank with water and waste in it and if you have a leak it would smell

Answer by ?????????????
A septic tank needs special care. If there are a lot of people in the house, you have to get it cleaned out every so often, Otherwise you can have problems with sewage overflow.

Answer by irish eyes
depending on the age and size they can be a pain and annoying, they need to be pumped, they can back up (into the house) they usually have leach beds that can take up a decent portion of the yard that you can’t do anything else with and if something goes wrong it can be quite expensive to take care of especially if its in the winter where the ground freezes

Answer by john
Lets see, is it costly to use the city sewer system? Answer much more that my septic system.
If you buy the house have a stipulation in the buy/sell agreement that the septic must be pumped out and inspected by a licensed inspector before purchasing the house. In some states this is required b law anyway.
As far as cost. it only gets costly when you replace the entire drain field. drain fields usually lasts about 20 years with the average family. Of course that depends on soil conditions (clay is worse than sand.)
Otherwise you have to get it pumped out every two to four years depending on how many people are in the house. For your particular situation ask the inspector. I have lived in the city and paid to have sewer. I now live in the country (10 years) and have no issues with my septic system.

Answer by Bob 438
Not a problem if well maintained. Buy your house, and flush without concern, just have it pumped out every 3 years

Answer by gordon1212
The most common problem (if any) is how wet and how well does the land drain in the wettest part of the year? I live on a hill side with gravel soil and never had any problems for 15 years ,never even pumped it out but then I discovered the tank was not much bigger than 2 washing machines side by side ( it had 2 tanks) both full so if I had the proper size tank ( probably 100 times bigger) I never would have had a problem. Bottom line is they are a good system if its put in right so you need to know whats under the ground and how has it preformed? is it to code or outdated and draining somewhere illegally etc etc?

Answer by Corky R
Most of the folks are close with their answers, some apparently don’t have a clue.
I’ve lived in the country, (sticks), for over 60 years, without ever having to have a septic tank replaced. One time several years ago when we had grandkids staying here nearly every night and day all summer long, we had to have ours pumped, as they used way too much paper and clogged the system with that. TP takes longer to deteriorate in the system than most other things that go in there, so much too much of it can cause a problem, but as long as you know about that possibility, it can be controlled. We’ve now lived in this house for over 25 years, had the tank pumped once, othewise, no problems. And don’t waste your time and money on Rid X or any of the other additives, they’re absolutely not necessary.

Answer by happyfisherman53
You should have a home inspector check the septic system.A properly installed septic system should work for at least 30 years.The only problem I have seen is children putting to much tissue in the flush and blocking the sewer pipe.Some septic need to be pumped out every few years because of large family’s and the septic tank was not sized according to the size of the family.The new systems in my area have the soap and bleaches run into the septic and these will kill the good bacteria in the system.The septic products used just add good bacteria.Years ago we just added a piece of decaying meat to the tank and this started the breakdown process for the system.

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Anyone from Minnesota or Western Wisconsin Have Any Words of Wisdom About Building a Home on Acreage?

Question Asked by GoldenCutie424: Anyone from Minnesota or Western Wisconsin have any words of wisdom about building a home on acreage?
Details including septic mound, Well, Foundation. In the end were you on budget or over budget. On top of the land cost how much did everything end up costing (roof, sheetrock, windows, wood, siding, ect)

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Answer by debk
One thing I can tell you is not to design your home. Use a home plan or have a professional do it for you. You will leave something out and later regret it.

Answer by Jess
Leave as much of the ground as it is. Don’t fill in any ravines or chop down numerous trees. Nature is wise when it comes to things like that. Don’t put in a tight switchback drive because if you ever need the fire dept, the trucks won’t make to the house. To dig a well, put in the septic mound, etc. will need surveyors and permits to ensure you’re not disturbing the water table or robbing someone else of water. Always add 50% to any estimate. Our one-story dome house (three rooms on a concrete slab, 16 feet at the tallest point, cost $ 85,000, land and all in 1999. We live year-round, which 90% of people don’t, Chicago residents buying vacation homes, so keep in mind you won’t have neighbors in the winter. Be prepared for winds and snow–there are two seasons in Minn and Wisconsin–winter and July.

Answer by lvlksuperior
I am a Northwest Wisconsin resident and we just built a new house. I can tell you from direct experience!!!!!!! You first step after you have the land is to go talk to your local zoing office for info on the permits required to build on undeveloped land…no permits no build…make sure your land does not have a wetland designation, this held us up for 3 mths and construction season is very short up here. We started by finding the land: a beautiful 40 acre parcel of georgeous woodland……sound nice but it’s not $ 20,000 to hire a excavating company to come in and clear the building site, bring in fill to have drainage and level building site $ 3000.00, dig holes to bury the debris 150.00/hour you can only burn so much. If you are looking for land I suggest an open area you can always plant trees, they are alot cheaper then land clearing and you can see the lay of the land and plan for the proper drainage away from where you build. Your septic system type is based on a perk test of your soil, if you have 3 feet of sandy soil you can go with a septic system, if soil will not perk (water drains away in a timed test) you will have to go with a mound system. Our mound system cost $ 15,000. We were lucky with the well because the water table is high here and the driller hit good water at 86 feet cost 2500.00, then you have to have a pump installer another 1500.00. We have an energy star constructed home to save on heating and cooling costs…look into it good ideas!! Google energy star costruction. We have a slab foundation with infloor heat….I love infloor, so much easier to heat our house 3500 sq feet with heated garage. Foundation type is a real question…I had a basement but after time it started to crack with the winter frosts and then leaked, even a dry basement will have condensation and dampness and running dehumidifiers 24 hours adds up on elec. costs. I like the slab but miss the extra storage space. Concrete is a item you can shop around for, priced by the cubic yard. Our slab for this house was 15000.00 including the concrete contractor. Our windows were $ 20000.00 ( I have alot) make sure you have a low e insulated window. We stayed away from wood due to the short longevity, high maint. to keep wood looking nice, and windows sweat, wood will turn black with mldew.
Up north Insulate insulate insulate!! Orientate your home so you can take advantage of the southern sun exposure for passive solar heating in the winter. I wish we had looked more into solar panels and adding a wood heat backup it would have been a wise investment with the energy cost going up. We did check out geothermal heating, a sound idea but very costly to install. We have 8″ walls v/s 6″ for extra insulation value, our walls are R-30, and ceilings R-60 we spent 9000.00 on insulation for the house. The total for completion was 220,000.00 and that did’nt include landscaping, sidewalks, patios. In the end we were over budget 10,000 and had to cut back on a few things (landscaping, sidewalks and patios) to make the financing but it turned out ok. The place must be ok cause the tax man loves us, we built for 220,000.00 but are valued at $ 300,000 so instant equity of 80,000.00 makes it right. I will be happy to talk more and share info just send me an email. P.S. If you are looking up in this area We have 115 acres of good building land for sale that is in a nice area with highly rated schools, excellant community and close commute to Duluth Mn and Superior Wi.

Answer by atha
My brother just a built a house in Minnesota – about 90 miles west of Duluth, MN. The costs were VERY similar to the excellent post from the person from NW Wisconsin who described everything in detail. His house was 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two floors (lower floor is a walkout basement).

If you’re in an area with bedrock (Northshore of Lake Superior) your well can cost MUCH more. Septic system rules are very similar in MN and WI (WI is a little more stringent). Mounds in MN can run 10,000 to 15,000, in-ground systems (where you have 3 or more feet of good soil) can run 5,000-10,000.

One a side note, in Minnesota if you distrub over an acre of land, you will need a construction stormwater permit from the state. Not sure what types of requirements Wisconsin has for this. Your local planning and zoning office should be able to help you out.


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Who Knows About Electrical Shorts in a House?

Question Asked by Mr nice guy 2U: who knows about electrical shorts in a house?
A few years ago, my house was hit by lightning. Everything was fixed or replaced. Now when its 90 outside I get a loud buzz in the stereo. I have seperate lines running to 2 out of 3 amps everything is run through a power conditioner which shows volts. When it gets hot outside (cool inside) my voltage goes down to 100 or so and it starts buzzing.
I really don’t think this is a stereo issue or it would be there all year, not just when its 90 outside. We found 1 bad wire in our septic system but replacing it did not cure problem.
Only things outside are central air unit,, and septic
when its about 100 or more outside, the buzz is constant 90’s its intermitant
any ideas on where to start???
with volume all the way down buzz is loud
ITS NOT THE STEREO buzz is on cd dvd sat. tv tuner tape vcr

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Answer by xbl genius
could just be your area. bad connection to the radio. and maybe when it is hotter you subconciously turn the volume up higher making the buzz more noticable. plus the heat may be effecting the vibrations of the speacker. it is all about air expansion and compression.

Answer by laszlomann
Electrical problems of this type are always tricky to solve. It sounds as though you are getting magnetic interference. turn off the a/c unit and check if the noise changes. if not shut off the dish and see what changes. since the lightning strike have you added any major electrical appliances? check those. Anything of a magnetic nature in close proximity to the stereo? are your speakers too close? <6 feet? that can also cause hum. good luck. If this doesn't work let me know, I have other ideas.

Answer by dfiler2
If the incoming voltage is dropping to 100 that is your problem. Call the power company and let them know, it is probably a faulty transformer.

Answer by peter
If the voltage drops, then there is an overload on the supply.

It could be that the voltage drops for the whole neighborhood because everyone s running AC. Measure voltage at your panel.

If this is not the case, then the supply cable from the panel to your amps is not heavy enough for the load. Heavy amps should be hooked up to an 20 Amp circuit with 12 ga wire.

Don’t know what you are using as a power conditioner, but make sure it is rated for enough amps to handle the equipment. To make sure, bypass the onditioner to see is it causes the buzz.

As the voltage drops as in scenario 1 the condtioner has to work harder…

Answer by jason
this time of year places the power company under higher demands and voltage would naturaly drop in higher temps. you can get a filter for your power or just on that circuit. may help a little

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About How Much Does an Average Septic System for a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home Cost?

Question Asked by samgurl2017: About how much does an average septic system for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home cost?
Not sure if these two factors make a difference or not, but the home is approx. 1750 sq. ft. and it is located in Southern Ohio, Scioto County to be exact. Thanks!

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Answer by stephanie s
Depending on the county restrictions and codes, it could cost anywhere from $ 3,000 to $ 10,000.

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Q&a: What Do I Need to Know About Septic Tank Maintenance?

Question Asked by jenna: What do I need to know about septic tank maintenance?
I’m buying my first house and it has a brand new septic tank. Growing up I always had town sewer. What do I need to know about maintenance? How often does it need to get pumped? How often should I use stuff on the commercials (don’t remember name- rid x?)

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Answer by Peter W
Rid-X, and many other similar preparations do very little that the natural bacteria already present cannot. However, no matter how well the system operates you will have to do regular maintenance – although the frequency for that will depend on the actual load on the tank. That comes from a variety of things, not just the number of people involved. These items include:

Dishwasher – most conventional dishwasher detergent is high in phosphorus and bleach. Both of these things contribute to reduced septic system efficiency.
Deep fried foods or lots of fatty foods washed down the drain – grease creates a scum layer within the tank that can clog the uptake of decayed effluent into the soil.
Anything containing Triclosan – this is a non-decaying, non-degrading antiseptic that will also kill natural bacteria within the system. This stuff is also very common in antibacterial soaps. Avoid it like the plague that it is.

There is a link below that may be useful. Be gentle on the system and it will do you well for many years to come.

Answer by eDate Troll
1. Never flush anything down the toilet that won’t break down, such as cigarette butts, sanitary products, candy wrappers, etc.

2. Have the tank pumped about every 3 years, make sure that both sides are pumped out.

3. If there are any leaking faucets or running toilets, fix them right away. Excessive water being pushed into the septic system doesn’t allow the bacteria enough time to break down grease and solids in the tank, and will push them out into the drainfield which will eventually clog it up. This is very expensive to fix.

4. The septic additives are a complete waste of money, the normal bacteria from fecal matter and food residue will be more than sufficient to break down solids in the tank. Especially dangerous are the additives that claim to eliminate the need for tank pumping, there will always be residues that will not break down and when enough of these accumulate they will be pushed out into the drainfield.

5. I also recommend that you avoid using in-sink garbage disposers, because they add a heavy load of solids to the system and may cause you to have to pump the tank more often.

Answer by Donna
A septic system needs pumped about every four years. Your water use should be spread out pretty evenly. Adding RidX to you septic system about one a month will help the bacteria level. Bacteria is what breaks down the waste.

Don’t introduce caustic substances such as commercial drain cleaners, paint thinner, paint, acids or oils. These inhibit the bacterial decomposition that takes place in your tank. Use paper products certified to be septic safe and do not flush items such as paper towels, feminine napkins, coffee grounds, cotton swabs or condoms since those can clog the drain field and inhibit or prevent percolation

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Answer by hopethishelps
pump the tank every 3yrs up to 5yrs at the longest, put septic tank bacteria in once a month continuously …..never put any kind (Sanitary Napkins,Baby Wipes,Chemicals,Condoms,etc) or even the smallest amount of grease (foods,meats, cooking oil) for it will become cold and harden just like Crisco in a can and it will Clog Up Your Septic Tank Field Lines that have small slits in the pipe that allows the tank discharge water to be absorbed by the ground……. AND LAST AND FINAL GO AND ASK OTHER PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THE SAME SUBDIVISION YOU ARE BUYING IN IF THEY HAVE OR DO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR SEPTIC TANKS BACKING UP ESPECIALLY WHEN IT RAINS HARD AND/OR A LOT…..Does the Lot your possible new home sit on with the Septic Tank PASS A PURKE TEST (results should be on file with your local county health dept.)

Answer by dustcloud
My folks have had their septic tank pumped twice in the last 35 years. After the second time, Mom realized that the bleach from the laundry was killing the bacteria in the tank. The water from the washer now goes directly to the lateral lines and everything else goes into the tank. They do not have a garbage disposal. I think the last time that was pumped was back in the 80’s

Answer by jerry
you should not have to pump it out ever ,you can put a pack of yeast or a product called rid- ex down the toilet to help break down the solids every six months or so , try not to put foreign objects down the toilet because it is a septic tank .

Answer by gordon1212
How often to pump out depends on how big the tank is and how many in the house and if you use garbage disposal or not ,I don’t I just have poo and you can go for years to fill even 50 gallon if you are alone I did

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How Do We Go About This?

Question Asked by ebosgramma: How do we go about this?
We have a piece of property that is paid for, we have a mobile home on the lot but we never got around to having a well dug or a septic system put in. We are now wanting to either move into the existing mobile home or have another replace it. What is the first step? Do we contact the septic or well people or do we go to the town and ask for permits?

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Answer by ralphers
Contact the well and septic people, they will help you with the permits.

Answer by H.B.K.
first things first u will need a permit if ur gonna dig that deep because u never know what is going on under the ground. plus it’s always better to get them infact u might need several of them. then call the septic guys see how much they would charge you for that . and even if u do get a new mobile home. u are gonna need the septic tank anyways.

my advice is to get permits or check and see if they are any needed. then go through with what ever else u wanna go through with. good luck.

Answer by justme
In my town you have to have a perc test to determine if you can put in a septic system. Ours cost about $ 600 6 years ago. That was the first thing we did. The person doing it will supply you with a detailed print of the grounds layout etc for you to submit to the town for a permit (he might just do this for you at a town meeting,ours did) You would then be advised what to do next.

Answer by suninfla
First of all you will need water. Contact a well driller and ask for a quote. They will tell you if you need to get the permits or not. A lot of companies will get the permits some require you to. Then after you decide weather you are going to use your old mobile or get another one contact the septic. The home could make all the difference in the world on where the septic needs to go.

Answer by elite_women_rule_the_rock
you may want to get a test first

since you have let it sit for so long you may want your soil tested to see if you are not contaminated if you are your well may be too
call a well and septic they will come out and tell you where best to put it all

they will also get the permits but be careful if you have town water or septic you may have to use theirs so check with your local office they may not want you to dig

Answer by yspring64
Assuming the property does not have access to city sewers and water, you should start with your local health department. They can tell you what types of systems will work at your property and where it’s best to put each system. They can also provide you with a list of licensed septic system installers and well drillers.

If city sewer and water is available, contact the town first. It’s likely they also have a list of licensed people who can do the work for you.

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