NJ Sewer Installation Contractors for Septic to Main City Sewer Connection

Interested in converting from an existing septic system to a main city sewer line connection? Call us today for your consultation and free cost estimate: 201-645-0888.

Many homeowners and businesses in New Jersey rely on a septic system for wastewater and sewage disposal, rather than a connection to the local city sewer system. Septic system installation may be necessary in rural or semi-rural areas, where a nearby city sewer line is not available. However, an existing septic system can also be a holdover from before local municipal sewer line installation took place. As urban areas grow and city limits expand, sewer utilities can become available to more homes and businesses. Septic system failure can impact the local environment and the area’s water quality, so property owner with septic systems are often incentivized to convert their septic system to a main city sewer connection.

Overall, home or building sewer laterals connected to a city sewer line are preferable to having a septic tank system. Septic tank failure can be messy, damaging, and costly to deal with, and eventually, your existing septic tank or septic system pipes may need to be replaced. If you’re overdue for septic tank replacement, you may want to consider converting your septic system to a city sewer main connection instead. To find out more about new sewer line installation, or to schedule a free diagnosis, consultation, and cost estimate today, call us at A1 Sewer & Drain Services, at 201-645-0888.

Why Convert a Septic System to a Main City Sewer Line Connection?

Converting your existing septic system to a connection with the local municipal sewer system might seem like a needless expense and a hassle, but there are several good reasons that you might want to consider this option.

  • It might be required. If there is a city sewer main within 300 feet of your property line, you may actually be required by local codes to connect to it when your existing sewage system fails. This means that when the time comes to replace your septic tank, you may need to convert instead.
  • It can increase your home’s market value and marketability. Septic systems are unpopular with many home buyers, and converting to a city sewer main connection can increase your home’s value when you decide to sell.

Cost Factors for Septic to Sewer Main Conversion

There are several factors that can affect the overall cost of converting your septic system to a city main line connection. It can depend on whether there’s a suitably close municipal sewer main line, and there may be additional sewer connection fees or septic tank abandonment costs.

Access to a Nearby Municipal Sewer Main Line

Pubic sewer main lines are generally around 8″ in diameter, and are the property and responsibility of the city. They may be located beneath a street, or in a sewer easement through a private property. If a public sewer is not available within 300 feet of your property line, you may need to extend the public sewer pipe at your expense. The cost for this can vary depending on terrain, soil properties, the need to acquire easements, and other considerations.

In any case, you will need to install a side sewer, a 4-6″ sewer pipe that runs from your home plumbing system to the main city sewer line. In most cases, it is preferred that the design of the system allows wastewater to flow naturally via gravity. However, in some cases where this is not feasible due to the elevation of the terrain, you may be permitted to use a residential grinder pump.

When converting from a septic system to a city sewer connection, many jurisdictions have specific requirements for septic tank abandonment. This may require a permit. Generally, the septic tank is pumped one final time, and the lid is removed and disposed of. Then, compacted earth, gravel, or sand is used to fill in the septic tank.

Convert Your Septic System to a City Sewer Main Line Connection with Help from Experienced Local Sewer Contractors

At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, our experienced sewer service contractors have years of experience installing and replacing septic systems and sewer lines in north New Jersey. To find out more about converting your old septic system to a city sewer connection, or for a free consultation and cost estimate, call us today at A1 Sewer & Drain Services, at 201-645-0888.