In our August post, we discussed the difference between a Sewer line and septic system. This time around, we wanted to talk about the septic to sewer conversion process. More homeowners are opting to make this investment, mainly due to the maintenance-free benefits of a sewer.

What’s Involved?

The general gist of the process is straight forward. A utility installation crew digs up the waste pipe located between the septic system and the house and then reroutes the line to the municipal sewer.

The process, unfortunately, isn’t always that simple. Obstructions, such as patios, vegetation, mature trees, swimming pools, and retaining walls might be in the way. The crew may also need to dig up a portion of the public sidewalk. The homeowner may need to obtain a permit in this instance. Our additional services handle most of these obstructions, from removing tree roots to working around existing underground utilities.

As for the septic system, technicians pump the tank dry and bore a hole through the bottom. The crew then crushes the tank and fills it to grade level with dirt and gravel.

Advantages of a Septic to Sewer Conversion

  • Increased Home Value—home buyers may be put off by a home that runs on a septic tank. They see it as a negative because they are responsible for maintenance and repairs.
  • Odor-Free—Septic systems may produce odor especially if a backup occurs.
  • Legalities—Some cities may not permit residences to expand their home or build a patio or swimming pool over an area directly above a septic system.

Let Us Convert Your Septic System

Aside from sewer cleaning and repairs, Sewer Solutions also connects homes to the existing city sewer line. Many homes in the Seattle area make the decision to convert from a septic to the sewer line due to the advantages explained above.