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Q&a: Problems with the Sewer System in the House?

Question Asked by asere: Problems with the sewer system in the house?
Our house is 11 years old the other day the sewer system in the house was backed up so I rented a 75ft snake and went in through the toilet. What came out was roots from a tree or plant. After that the toilets flushed right and everything was fixed. Our plumbing is PVC pipes. Where can the root be coming from the bottom of the house somewhere or outside in the front or back yard? Is it posible for roots to get inside PVC pipes underground?

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Answer by CatLover
You may have a crack in the line somewhere or a joint has come apart.
You may want to talk to a professional and get advice on a safe way to keep the roots out.

Answer by rick37us
1. someone flushed roots down your toilet.

2. you have a broken pipe outside.

Answer by Johnny
It is possible for roots to grow into underground PVC pipe. You can buy an additive for this. One that I know of is sewer and septic root killer, made by Roebic laboratories, Inc. in Orange, Connecticut.

If the problem persists, you will probably have to replace the pipes.

Answer by starr
try to figure out where your snake was at when you met resistance,11 years doesn’t sound right for a root problem with pvc pipe.Is it city sewer or Private septic,get your distance and other questions and its probably a simple explanation

Answer by The Mattster
You can have a company come out and stick a Camera down the sewer and he wil be able to find were the problem is. than dig it up and fix it. i work for a plumbing company and done this a few times and works well.

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What Would You Rather Have in a Flood, a Septic Tank or Sewer and Why?

Question Asked by naturegirl1017: What would you rather have in a flood, a septic tank or sewer and why?

We currently live in Sioux City, IA and we are planning on buying a house within the next 6 months to a year. We can live in NE, SD or IA if we want, we just need to be 35 minutes from Sioux City. We are leaning towards NE or SD and we are discussing whether to try to find a house with septic tank or sewer.

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Answer by Carlie
A septic tank would be all in it backyard and a sewer would prob be I’m it street.

is say sewer but is could be wrong.

Answer by zuma
The higher your house is above the ground,..the more likely both systems will continue to work in a flood,..Deep South, hurricanes
I would always choose the old time French drain sewer that’s no longer legal,..unless your house had it before the law was changed…Don’t know if your state laws are different..

Answer by TrekkerScout
You wouldn’t be able to use either until the water receded. However, newer septic tanks are fitted with alarm systems that could be damaged in a flood and require replacement. Sewers are just a pipe in the ground with no special gadgetry.

Answer by Classy Granny
Sewer, any problems would be the city’s. If you had a septic tank the problems would be your own

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Clogged Baffle/inlet of Septic Tank Maine Sewer

Removing a toilet paper and debris clog from the baffle/inlet of a sewer septic tank in Maine. Insight Pipe of Maine

Septic system education including septic tank, septic filter, septic baffle, septic drainfield, drainfield biomat, and septic tank problems after heavy rain….
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Why Doesn’t the Modern City of Dubai Have a Sewer System?

Question Asked by Lloyd J: Why doesn’t the modern city of Dubai have a sewer system?
I was surprised to learn that Dubai does not have a sewer system. How could they build a large city with skyscrapers and no sewer system?

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Answer by Phoenix Quill
Probably not any more complicated than a central planing screw up….

Ah but who knows, maybe the sewage truck guys have a really great union.

Answer by barb
While it was true back in 2009, the situation was corrected by the following year.

In 2009 Dubai found that its rapid growth had stretched its existing sewage treatment infrastructure to its limits. Sewage from newer areas of Dubai were not connected to the municipal network at the time and was collected daily from thousands of septic tanks across the city and driven by tankers to the city’s only sewage treatment plant at Al-Awir. Because of long queues and delays, some drivers illegally dumped their cargo into storm drains or behind dunes in the desert. Sewage dumped into storm drains flowed into the Persian Gulf, near the city’s prime beaches. Doctors warned that beach users risked contracting illnesses like typhoid and hepatitis.

Dubai Municipality has two main sanitation plants, one in Al Awir, and one in Jebel Ali. There are also several smaller sewage treatment plants operated by private operators to serve specific districts or neighbourhoods.

1. Al Awir Plant
Designed with a capacity of 260,000 m³/day — but by 2007 it dealt w/almost 500,000 m³/day.
In 2008, a 2nd phase — 65,000 m³ of capacity became operational. Now, a 3rd phase has added an extra 80,000 m³ capacity. (Total of 405,000 m³/day.)

2. Jebel Ali plant
By 2010 this plant could process 300,000 m³ of waste water/day.

Another project underway is a sewage water pumping station and pumping lines linking to Al Awir.

Private systems:
There are “membrane bioreactor” sewage treatment plants on both the Palm Jumeirah and in Dubai International City.
There’s a 2,000 m³/day “sequencing batch reactor” sewage treatment plant for the Sky Courts complex.
Also, there’s a sewage treatment plant serving The Galleries development in Downtown Jebel Ali.

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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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Q&a: I Broke a Green Sewer Line. What Is It?

Question Asked by dniemi3: I broke a green sewer line. What is it?
I have new land where I am grading. All the homes have septic systems. I was digging a whole for a tree, 4′ from the street and sort of in between a power transformer and a street light. About 10-12 inches from the surface was a green sewer line, about 6-8 inch diameter. The line appears to be empty. I broke the line with the back hoe. What do you think this line is? Should I fix it? I dont’ think it’s someones septic lines because it’s on my property, and it’s not leach lines. Could it be some kind of drainage for something?

What are your thoughts?

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Answer by John M
did you call digger’s hotline before you dug and this wasn’t marked? if so, call the hotline again and report it and ask for someone to come out and id the line. if you didn’t call diggers hotline, you could make some anonymous calls to the individual utility companies and describe what you have and see if you can find out what is going on before you tell them who you are.

It might just be a stubbed out line for a future street sewer lateral. is the street relatively new? if so, they probably ran sewer lines for future connection when and if they expand the urban service area. If its just a stubbed out lateral, I would consider cutting it off where its not broken and capping it so you don’t get a sewer leak on your property sometime in the future when you might still be on septic but others have moved to municipal sewer

Answer by Jon F
i would measure the pipe, go to a plumbing supply house and by two rubber connectors called furnco’s and a piece of the pipe. then sawzall off the broken part and reconnect using a furnco on each end and the appropriate length of pipe it won’t cost to much and if it is a drain(empty because of dry weather ?) at least it will be connected. and next time call the utilities BEFORE you dig

Answer by bc12012
green usually means soil pipe. so going to a septic system is a very good possibility.Aslo to they use them in strom drains connecting them and going into dry wells.last and not least it could be a chase…a pipe where you can run underground utilitys in the future so you dont have to trench it.stick your nose down there and go by the process of elimination.if it smells like chit ..its the septic.Call 811 and have them check it out or 1888 d i g s a f e

Answer by pcbeachrat
The green line is usally city or contractor installed line..and is usually for the whole neighbor hood….Alot of times it will be for water supply to all the homes and other times sewer….$ feet from your curb is less than usual for the cities easements etc..which is usually 6 feet… I doubt it is water supply or it would be shooting 15 feet in the air..If you seen no raw sewage..then it is probably a storm drain pipe to direct heavy rains into the drains..

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Q&a: Why Is It Wise for Communities to Replace a System Individual Cesspools with a Sewer System?

Question Asked by VALARIE: why is it wise for communities to replace a system individual cesspools with a sewer system?
why is is wise for these communities to replace a system individual cesspools with a sewer system that carries sewage away to central sewage treatment plant

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Answer by Mark
Economies of size.

ps No one has a “cesspool” any more. They’re SEPTIC TANKS. (Yes, there’s a difference; if you don’t know what it is, look it up.)

Answer by Lonely Suburbanite
It has it’s pro’s and it’s cons;

ON THE GOOD SIDE: Properties with sewer access have higher property values since emptying out a Septic Tank is a big expense and ver unhygenic. In my area we have septic tanks and when the truck comes to empty it out, it stinks up the ENTIRE neighborhood. It’s gross.

ON THE BAD SIDE: It could put many businesses out of business. Some businesses rely solely on emptying out septic tanks. If these places go out of business then they could result in many job losses in the community.

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What Does Sewer Gas Smell Like?

Question Asked by tnamarie1: What does sewer gas smell like?
There is a fishy odor coming from bathroom off and on. Sometimes it is much stronger than others. Could this be sewer gas? Also, I do have city sewage, not a septic system.

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Answer by Spider John
It could be sewer gas. Sewer gas smells like something very rotten.
Sometimes, if you have a drain that has dried out, it will let the gas into your house.

Answer by eskie lover
Could be. Sewer gas smells like a porta poddy that desperately needs to be pumped or an airplane lavatory when you sat on the runway for 6-8 hours or like the old outhouses on gram and gramps farm in the heat of the sweltering humid summer. Get the picture? LOL

Answer by tomar82403
Have you done any remodeling lately? Certain plastics and vinyl can smell strangely fishy – even latex based paints can smell slightly fishy. Other source may be an old spot in the floor where a pet may have urinated and humidity raises the smell concentration. There are several possible explainations… However…if you suspect sewer gas – don’t mess around as it could also be combined with methane gas which is highly combustible/explosive. Though methane gas itself is odorless it is usually found in sewer gas and can be toxic to you and your family. I would highly recommend you ventilate your bathroom/home and contact your local fire department (non-emergency number – believe me they will be right there). They will tell you for sure if you have methane and can pinpoint the source for you.
I don’t want to be an alarmist and certainly believe it is probably a plastic – but calling the fire department is free and will ease your mind right away…
Good luck!

Tom A

Answer by travis m
Smells like the things that go down the pipes, not good.
Sometimes your bathtub or shower drain is the source of the problem.

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This Question Is for Plumbers Only Please. Why Does My Bathroom Sink Smell of Sewer Every Once in a While?

Question Asked by Jesse: This question is for plumbers only please. Why does my bathroom sink smell of sewer every once in a while?
I bought the property with a violation that the sewer system needs to be connected to the city sewer. I don’t understand but I’m thinking this has something to do with my problem.

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Answer by cowboydoc
It could be but, since you only want answers from plumbers I won’t bother you, I’m a contractor. Well heck, what the heck, I would make to connection to the city sewer.

Answer by car dude
either the p trap drains and allows the septic gases to enter, or the bath sink isn’t used enough and the water evaporates. the only other possibility would be that a back up occurred and there is ‘residue’ left in the overflow drain of the sink. but, i too am not a plumber, and you imply that only they would be able to tell you, so please ignore this post. just for the record, a plumber will just be guessing, too, since he can’t see what’s wrong either!!!

Answer by ihateinternetdating
I’m not a plumber… :) Having said that, your vent for your septic isn’t working properly taking the sewer gas out of the house.

That stuff will actually make you and your family very ill, you need to get the lines redone and quick, it’s methane gas in your home!!
Especially little kids, the gas is heavy and tends to lie along the floors of the home, so toddlers and crawlers get a much larger dose of it than the tall adults.

Answer by atg28
Your trap isn’t working well for some reason. If the U trap wasn’t installed properly (backwards), it won’t trap water properly to prevent the smell.

Answer by frederick f
make sure the trap is installed properly, If it is, pour a small bottle of bleach down the sink and let it alone over night. Otherwise, call a plumber

Answer by Tech Dude
First check to see that your bathroom sink has a trap. Look under the sink, and you should see a P-shaped pipe that will trap water. If the trap is missing, you’ll need to install one. Otherwise, the water is somehow disappearing from the trap, which will allow the sewer gas to come out the bathroom sink. Most likely, the vent pipe is not operating properly. Get up on your roof above the bathroom sink and look for a pipe about 1 1/2″ or 2″ diameter coming through the roof. Are there any obstructions? Does it drain water if you put a hose in it? If you try this, you probably should have someone in the bathroom checking to be sure that water doesn’t start coming out the sink. If this fails, you better call a plumber.

I doubt that your sewer system connection is the problem, unless your septic tank is full. I have no knowledge in this area.

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Who Is Responsible for a Grinder Pump, Sewer or Property Owner?

Question Asked by Nikki: Who is responsible for a grinder pump, sewer or property owner?
We have septic and are hooking up to the new sewer lines they are putting in. My question is who will be responsible if there is ever a problem with the pump?
Also if it matters they are putting it in for us. All we had to pay is a $ 60 sewer deposit.

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Answer by martywdx
Where I’m from the property owner is responsible for all lines to and including the hookup to the main sewer line in the street. Also any lift/ grinder pump.

Answer by jehowell2000
Here in my city in Oregon, you are responsible for everything from the street in. If you have a pump, you are responsible for upkeep.

Answer by be_a_lert
Usually the homeowner is responsible for the grinder pump on a low pressure sewage system. Having said that, the homeowner usually has to pay for the pump as part of the connection cost as well, $ 60 would not cover that so obviously you don’t fit into “usually”.

You should sign and receive a copy of some sort of agreement with the sewage plant operator before anything is installed. This agreement should specify who is responsible for maintenance of what equipment. If it is not, or if you want to know before you get those documents, call and ask the operator, they are the only ones that will be able to tell you about your specific situation. If they indicate that they are responsible for maintenance and replacement of the grinder, make sure you get that in writing at some point as replacement can run into some $ $ $ . Don’t want anyone to forget.

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Q&a: Cost of Sewer System for Rural Areas?

Question Asked by apick: Cost of sewer system for rural areas?
We’re wanting to build a house out in the country (5-10 miles out of town), but I’m from the country and understand putting in septic/water can be expensive.. Any idea of a ballpark amount?
And electricity as well…
Great answers so far – we would be building in North West Florida!

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Answer by ANF
Around £5000.

Answer by pissy_old_lady
I can only give you averages from my area which might be quite different from yours…average septic system (bed and tank) will run $ 10000 and up in my area. If you can get one for ten thousand, you are doing well. Wells have no average price. If you can dig one you can have it done here as little as $ 1000, but if you have to drill, my area starts this at $ 2500. Your location and land (rock/soil) will determine the cost of the well, and of course the depth. Here if you are close to the road and hydro (electric lines) it costs nothing to bring into your house…but…if you are set back from the road and need poles to be placed, then you are looking at $ 2000+ per pole in my location (just had this done a couple of years ago). Once poles are in place, then lines will be run to the house for nothing. Here you can hire the electric company to install poles, or you can hire out privately meaning you own the poles and you are responsible for them. Check out both options for prices. I hired out as it was about half the price. Call a local excavating company or two for average septic system prices in your area. Ask neighbouring property owners how their wells are and how deep they had to go. You can take a drive and usually see if the wells in the area are dug or drilled…but…with that said, all my neighbours have drilled wells, and mine is dug with more water than I can use, so you cannot always go by that. Local drilling companies will give averages in areas…local excavating companies can give averages for dug wells. Call electric company for general info..they are happy to talk this over with you so you have an idea of pricing.

Answer by t-rexs
okay amber

each state is different with its rules and costs

but in indiana what you are talking about is about $ 10,000.00

and you should get at least 10 years out of it trouble free, then the repairs and updates start

Answer by Hydroace
The cost of a septic system is dependent on a lot of things, starting with the suitability of the soils. If you have a high water table, the building department or health department may not let you put in a system at all!
When you’ve found suitable soil, the size of the tile field will vary based on the anticipated water usage of your house (number of bedrooms and bathrooms, for example) and on the type of soil in the area of the tile field. Sandy soil is great and will typically require the smallest tile field, while a nearly impervious clay soil may require a huge field to get the same results.

Same deal with your well. I split a 10 acre parcel I was living on and sold parcels to others who installed wells. My well was 35 feet deep, and the last well drilled was nearly 600 feet deep! This is an extreme example, but you should make sure your your sales agreement is contingent on suitable on site conditions for water and septic.

Bottom line is that you need to talk to your building department or health department to get their rules and regulations, you need to evaluate your on site soil conditions, and you need to find a hungry contractor. Hope this helps.

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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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What Is the Value Added When a Property Converts from Septic to Sewer?

Question Asked by kaysree: What is the value added when a property converts from Septic to Sewer?
I would like to know the value added to the property when it converts from septic to sewer. The property is in W San Jose CA. Any way get an estimate before calling an appraiser?

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Answer by grapejuice
I would gladly pay more for a property on sewer than septic tank, but I am not sure everyone would.

You may want to contact your local tax collector to get some idea-perhaps they can give you figures for houses in your area.

You might want to weigh the cost of conversion and the added cost of being on a sewer system versus your current setup if you are considering having this done.

Answer by squeezie_1999
Sewer vs. septic is nice, but in reality adds nothing to value of a property in this market. An aging or defective sepctic system will make a property unsaleable at any price. Connection to local sewers is usually required (after a time) by local ordinance. Any buyer who has had septic problems will rejoice at the prospect of a sewer connection, but many high end properties are in areas where septic is not available. The truth is, the location and neighborhood is everything. Within that, the specifications of a house and it’s condition are important, and after that comes septic, swimming pool, siding and all those other items. However, if a public sewer is available in the street, your neighbors have connected, but you are still on the original septic system, then your house in this market will probably be unsaleable at any price.

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Are Most of the Americans Homes Sewer System Located in the Home?

Question Asked by wisdom: Are most of the americans homes sewer system located in the home?
Seems most of the homes have the sewer system back up located in the home, is this normal?

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Answer by ?
Only if they have Septic Systems, or a Very Cheap Landlord.

Answer by Sambini
We find a toilet in the home is more convenient than the outhouses your countrymen use.

Answer by ?
It is usually piped out to a waste water treatment center.
Otherwise they have a septic tank in the ground…by code so many yards from the home and well (if they have one), and with a drain field.
Why do you ask?
Are you thinking of moving here?
Come on, you’ll love the people.


Answer by bellamont
No, that’s not true at all. Only people who live in really rural places (like maybe 10%-15% of the total population) have their own septic system. The reason for this is the infrastructure to pipe sewage out underground to a water treatment facility (as most homes do) is not in place in some low population areas.

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My House Smells Like Sewer, but Not All of the Time?

Question Asked by Melissa T: My house smells like sewer, but not all of the time?
We just recently bought a house, which has a septic system. Each day, thoroughout different times of the day, the house will smell terrible. It seems to be stronger in the living room, rather than near any sinks or drains. What could cause this and how can it be fixed?

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Answer by bobweb
If your plumbing has been properly installed, then you will have S shaped water traps at each drain pipe. Sometimes there’s a drain that is seldom used and you need to dump some water into the drain to fill the trap to keep the sewer gas from coming back up out of that drain. Each drain and trap should also be “vented” to the roof through a vent pipe. So find any drain that you haven’t been using and dump a pail of water into it.

Answer by hollifieldrobert
also check your roof vents for bird nest and such if the vent gets blocked your traps can get the water pulled out of them

Answer by Cableguy
Make sure you use the chemicals for the septic tank that break down the sludge or that will cause excess gas to build up

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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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Cost of Connecting Septic to City Sewer When Line Already Available to House?

Question Asked by Just Me: Cost of connecting septic to city sewer when line already available to house?
Say a house has 2 bathrooms. One in the basement still connected to a septic tank and the other upstairs connected to city sewer. What would be your guess as to the cost of connecting the basement bathroom onto the city sewer line already at the house?? Or where could I get an average price online without talking to actual plummers/contractors yet? Thanks!!

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Answer by saaanen
Why not just call? You’ll never get good answers from people who don’t know. Only from people who do

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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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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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I Have a Septic System and I Am Being Charged for Sewer. Is This Right?

Question Asked by SIERRAMWA: I have a septic system and i am being charged for sewer. Is this right?

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