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What Is the Difference Between a Septic Sewer System and Public Sewer Service?

Question Asked by outdoor girl: What is the difference between a septic sewer system and public sewer service?
Does a septic system need to get pumped out? What other types of sewer systems are there and which is best?

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Answer by corduroy-fire-kills-7
Public is connected to the public sewer out at the street.

A septic tank is self contained and needs to be pumped every 4 or 5 years or so. It is not connected to the public sewer system. It has fill lines that drain liquids and the solids have to be pumped.

A step system is a septic tank with no fill lines that is connected to the public sewer system. It too has to be pumped every few years. The reason for doing this (and it is becoming more and more popular in areas with a large growth rate) is so that the public systems don’t have to be upgraded.

None is really better than the other. In most areas, even if you have a septic tank, if public lines runs adjacent to your property, you have to pay the public sewer charge.

I have a step system. So far, no problems. I do pay the public septic rate, but the city is responsible for the cost of pumping the tank as well as the cost of any maintenance that it may require.

Answer by The Real Shaz 3
Yes they do.

Answer by Beleger
If you live out in the country you will most likely have a septic system.
If you live in the city you will most likely have city sewer.
A septic holds, breaks down and drains the waste from your home’s drainage system. sinks, toilets, tubs and showers…
In the city everybody’s sewage goes to one place and the same process, as the septic system, takes place only on a much larger scale.

Answer by Olger H
A septic system is an underground tank with pipes coming out to return the water and other stuff to the ground this is called a leech field the tank may occasionally need to be pumped out, but usually last for years if you add bacteria once a month. A public sewer system is a pipe that goes from your house down the street and eventually ends up at a water treatment plant many miles away. There is also another system that uses fans and aerators to process the waste. Septic systems are normally used in rural areas where there is no sewer system and sewer systems are usually used in suburban and urban areas were there isn’t enough room for a leech field.

Answer by thewrangler_sw
With a ‘public sewer service’ your waste is drained away to a treatment facility, where it is run through several steps to bio-degrade the solids, and otherwise clean it up, then it is allowed to drain off into a nearby waterway.

With a private septic system (which usually means a tank and a drain field), its all right there under your yard. This is a pretty common set up in rural areas. Building/health codes mandate how far away the tank has to be from the water source for the home (in a rural setting, this usually means a private well), and how big the drain field has to be. This will vary from region to region, because of the different types of soil (some soil drains better than others). In many cases, if you had to have a new tank installed, you would have to meet the current code requirements — regardless of where the old tank was actually placed, or how big it, or the drain field was. I’ve seen a case or two, where the lot size was too small, to meet the existing code requirements, lol.

If a home has this type of septic system, using a product called Rid-X once a month helps maintain the necessary bacteria inside the tank, to ‘eat’ the solid wastes, and break them down into liquid, so they will flow out through the drain field pipes. A typical box of Rid-X will treat a septic tank of up to 1500 gallons. You can find Rid-X at most hardware stores, in the plumbing section.

Another type of septic system, and this is more common for industrial purposes, or a block or two of houses in a rural area, is a miniature version of the public sewer system, and the utility company will come and pump out the holding tank every week or two — you’d have a monthly bill for this type of system.

I had our septic tank and drain field replaced about 8 years ago, and have used the Rid-X on a regular basis, and have not had to have the tank pumped out. If there has been a flood, or the system has not been maintained, then the tank may need to be pumped out. You should be able to find a clean-out pipe in the yard, over the tank. It will be a white plastic pipe, with a cap on it, about 3 or 4 inches in diameter. It may be cut off close to the ground. Some folks will put a landscape item over it (like a birdbath), to keep from hitting it with a lawn mower, hehehe. One of the first signs that a tank needs to be pumped, is the waste will back up into the yard, through that clean out pipe.

Hope this helped.

Good Luck

Answer by cowboydoc
About 20 grand to start with. I would go with city if possible.

Answer by donleslie1963
There are two types of drainage Mains and private. If your home is not connected to the main sewer you have private drainage. Private drainage can broadly be divided into 2 categories: Cesspits and septic tanks. A classic septic tank is like a mini sewage treatment works that serves one or a number of properties. Effluent flows into the tank and relatively pure water drains out at the other end. If properly maintained the tank does not usually need to be empties although using non biodegradeable cleaning products and detergents can interupt the process and cause problems. Old septic tanks are usually made of brick; the new ones are made of plastic. There are a number of products like the Klargester on the market which claim various advantages to the classic septic tank.

A cesspit is a big underground container that fills up with effluent and must be emptied usually once or twice a year depending on size and usage. Septic tanks and their modern varients are preferable to cesspits from an environmental point of view so long as they are well maintained. A leaking tank will cause contamination to ground water.

Hope this helps.

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Can Someone Indefinitely Use Broken Sewer Pipes Without Backups?

Question Asked by Pascha: Can someone indefinitely use broken sewer pipes without backups?
There has been leakage from my uphill neighbors’ sewer pipes for many years. But where is the sewage (plus roof water going into it) going? Their plumber has not been able to find out where their sewer connects to the sewer system.
Could it just be a big septic leaching system in their back yard, with the earth acting a sponge, bring all that diluted fecal coliform water down through my property? Is that where all the water, etc. is going?

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Answer by bustersmycat
people do not commonly connect roof drains to a septic system. Too much water that doesn’t need treatment.

if the people have a septic system and do not know it, that is very odd, because septic systems require routine maintenance or they become useless.

It is generally illegal to dump untreated household sewage into the natural environment, no matter what the cause. There is usually an obligation on the owner to act to correct the problem as soon as is practicable once a problem is identified. Check your local and state or province laws.

If your are downslope from a faulty sewage treatment system, it is very likely that the polluted water is making its way onto your land. If you get unusual wet areas on your property, or if your rely on a well for drinking water, I would advise you to act quickly to prevent any potential health problems.

By acting, I mean verify that your water source is not compromised and that the surface water is not contaminated by sewage, and get the local authorities involved in verifying compliance of the neighbour’s system to local or other laws and regulations.

the situation you describe is not good in most circumstances.

Answer by Arnel A
That is something like when the liquid water tries to find it’s way down and seldom by nature that it can be stopped. Water is affected by the law of gravity unless it’s volume is containable. In your case that is worth investigating. Good luck.

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La Mesa, CA Septic Tank Pumping

Watch Don, owner of Don’s Hydroblasting locate a septic tank at a bank owned property for a buyer in the La Mesa / Spring Valley, Ca area with his water probe locator.

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Q&a: How Much Does a New Aerobic Sewer System Cost?

Question Asked by Jackie L: how much does a new aerobic sewer system cost?
I need a new sewer system. We have water (dirty septic water) sitting in the back yard so I think it’s time to replace the system. I live on the gulf coast of Texas and just wanting a round-about price. Thanks

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Answer by ghostrider_221
Typically, for a 2 bath home, you are looking at about $ 8000-14000, depending on soil conditions

Answer by Steven G
We just put a doublewide mobile home on an acre in Sulphur Springs TX (80 miles east of Dallas). The home is 1800 sq ft. The aerobic system cost us $ 5000 and works great! The clorine tabs you have to add every two or three months run $ 50 a bucket and will last about a year. We have three sprinkler systems to discharge the cleaned water and it water the lawn great. We also have a contract for maintance and cleaning the sludge for the first two years included. After that it runs $ 189. Hope this helps.

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What Is the Circular Cap on My Property (driveway) with 2 Holes & The Word Sewer Stamped on It?

Question Asked by Angel DelaGuardia: what is the circular cap on my property (driveway) with 2 holes & the word sewer stamped on it?
I thought I had a septic system and that was different from having sewer service. How can I verify?

Water is bubbling out of it… and I am not sure what the cause could be

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Answer by Dr. Spark
Should be a sewer clean out between your line and city’s. Usually found on every property that has an obstacle over the line such as a driveway. Making accessing the connection between the two difficult. This will allow work to be done without tearing up the driveway. It might not go to your property but it is a clean-out. Sounds like it has issues, times like this you should be happy your on septic lol. Here is a detail:

Answer by M W
Call your city public works department. Have them come and take a look.

Go to your basement and look at where your waste pipes go out of the house, that might give you some idea of what you have. Also, if you have a septic system, there should be a pipe somewhere in your yard that is either at ground level, or slightly above. Those are usually within 10 – 15 feet out from the house.

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How Do We Hook Up to City Sewer and Get Rid of Our Septic Tank?

Question Asked by Froda: How do we hook up to city sewer and get rid of our septic tank?
Our house has a septic tank, but the cross street only a few houses down has city sewer. You can see the manholes in the road. We want to get rid of our septic tank so we can add a pool to our backyard without having to build around the septic tank. How do we go about getting sewer service hooked up? Do we have to contact the county? Get a general contractor’s help? Something else?

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Answer by nicaragua.jim2
. FIRST, call the county water/sewer dept. I’m sure the city HAS to make the initial connection to the main pipe.
Maybe a licensed contractor can do the rest. $ 6.000?

Answer by Freddie R
in most localities, something like this has to be done by a licensed plumber. it can also be quite pricey

Answer by mobildik
Call the local building inspectors. they can tell you if the sewer has been extended to your property line. If so, the township, city etc can assist and make recommnedations as to who is licensed and qualified to do the work.

Answer by yspring
Contact the local utility (water & sewer) company. In many cases, when sewers are installed, you are required to connect. Even though it’s “just across the street” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s available to you.

To make the connection to sewers, you will have to pay a “tap-in fee” which varies from locality to locality (can be VERY pricey in some areas). Then you have to have a licensed person actually connect you to the sewers, this price varies by the distance you have to go. Then you have to pump out and properly abandon the entire septic system – pump out tank, crush tank and fill it in, and abandon any other boxes or tanks you may have related to the system (such as a diversion box). This is NOT a cheap process!

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How Do I Cut Away from Septic Tank and Connect to New City Sewer Line?

Question Asked by : How do I cut away from septic tank and connect to new city sewer line?
I’m planning to connect to a new city sewer line from an exisiting septic tank line. I plan to cut in to the drain line from the house and route the line into the connection that the city has recently installed. I know I need the line to have a slight fall to it and that I need a back flow valve in the line. Is there anything else that I’m not thinking of? I know I need permits and to check for buried lines also. Thanks

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Answer by jiminpa2
sounds good.i myself never liked the backflow valves on sewer lines,just somethong else to plug up the line.

Answer by vdv324
I would think you need a licensed contractor to install this sewer connection. Every state that I have lived in requires a state licensed contractor to install septic piping.

Answer by someone
Most Municipalities require a Licensed plumber do the hook up and not the homeowner. Check that first and what else the zoning laws require.

Answer by mckindle26
Nobody can give you that answer. You have to find out yourself to see what the codes are in your area. And you need to also find out to see if you can even get a permit without using a plumber. If you are hooking into their line, Im pretty sure they are going to inspect the project to make sure all codes are followed. Not only that but you have to do something with the old septic, you cant just leave it. I would strongly consider hiring a plumber, maybe you can do some of the manual labor to save some bucks.

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What Is the Drawbacks on Using a Lagoon As a Sewer System, and Is There Another Way to Do This?

Question Asked by cprucka: what is the drawbacks on using a lagoon as a sewer system, and is there another way to do this?
I am looking at a log house and it has a greenhouse on the property, 17 acres and a detached garage with an extra barn for storage. It has well water and a lagoon for a sewer system. That is the only thing i am not sure about. Serious answers only please.

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Answer by Amerikan worker
A cesspool seems more sanitary, and how about the stink on a windless day?

Answer by griffinpilot1965
With that much acreage, the lagoon may be fine, but if it were my home, I would prefer a septic system (sub terrainian). You may not be able to do that though because of soil conditions and the water table level on your land, although most situations can be overcome with an engineered (in other words expensive) septic system.

Answer by shonts1
The smell and make sure the well is at least 150 feet away from the septic .

Answer by hillbillynamedpossum
my wife and i had a lagoon at a house we used to own….it worked great, no stink at all. there were no lateral lines to worry about.

call your local county health department, and ask them to come inspect the lagoon.

in our county, a sewage lagoon is sized by the number of bedrooms in the house. there should be no trees closer than 100′. there has to be a fence around the lagoon. there has to be a 24″ berm all the way around the lagoon to keep out ground water. the lagoon had to be 150′ from a property line and 150′ foot from a ditch. there are more regs, but you get the idea.

the health dept will gladly assist you further.


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Can I Run a Sewer Line 200 Ft from My House to the Septic Tank?

Question Asked by blue78669: can i run a sewer line 200 ft from my house to the septic tank?
i have an existing septic system but im moving my house 200 feet away from the existing septic tank is it ok and how much will i need to pitch it

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Answer by uclueletbc
1-2 inches slope for 8 foot of pipe…..u have 200…..8 goes into 200 25 times……so u need 25′ to 50′ of slope on 200 ‘ of pipe

Answer by rangedog
Code now requires 1 inch per foot. That’s 2 percent.

200 feet of line will require 50 inches of drop.

When I plumbed in Texas in the ’70’s, we ran lines at a drop of 1″ per 10 foot.
If you do that, that’ll only be 20 inches of drop.
But stick with the 1 inch per foot if you can.

That means you tank may have to be pretty deep.

Answer by Corky R
If you live in a warm climate year round, then you may get away with the distance you’re contemplating without too much problem. However, I’ve recently had to deal with a system where the tank is just over 75′ away from the house and in Mich. where the temps. fluctuate quite a bit between winter and summer, making the ground heave and drop each spring and fall. When the ground does that anything buried in it also goes up and down. The pipe going to the tank in this home had cracked and broken in at least two different places, causing a lot of plugging and back up problems, before we finally diagnosed the problem and got it repaired. So, just a thought. If you’re going to all the trouble of having a house moved, then it may not be out of line to think about having the septic moved as well.

Answer by joe a
1/4 pitch of fall per linear foot is all that is required up to 4in pipe…. remember your sewer clean outs every 75ft. this will allow easy cleaning of your main sewer line if and when it backs up -

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Q&a: How Much Would It Cost (ballpark) to Switch from a Septic System to Town Sewer?

Question Asked by Joe D: How much would it cost (ballpark) to switch from a septic system to town sewer?

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Answer by mrcapitan35
You would have to at least run your main line to the floor and break that open….open a hole to the exterior… a ditch to the road…have a licensed contractor who is allowed to break into the city main run the line….seal your existing septic tank (flush it). I think you would be looking at about $ 20,000. If you were lucky and could do most of the work yourself and have it passed by the city then you would still need the contractor licensed to break into the city main. As soon as I get city sewers I will get a loan if I have to, just to get rid of my sump pit. If you look at the long run and the life of your septic field and tank, it would cost about $ 20,000 to replace that alone. Don’t forget tho’ that you would most likely start getting a bill from the water works monthly !!

Answer by Jackie M
Most plumbers can give you the answer – find one that knows construction too though!

Answer by Thor
It will double your water bill. Here they charge more for the sewer than the water itself and both are based on usage.

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