If you are currently using a septic tank to manage your home’s wastewater but are thinking of switching to public sewer, you’re probably thinking, “Okay, how much is this gonna cost me?”
Well, it’s tough to give you a particular number because it all depends on your circumstances and the area/county in which you live.
Typically, however, Atlanta residents can expect to pay around $2,500 to over $6,000 to convert to public sewer. The sewer conversion process usually entails:
- Determining the possibility of sewer extension
- Choosing a contractor
- Securing appropriate permits
- Installation of sewer extension
- Disposing of old septic tank
- Inspections by local building department
But the 2 main factors that will determine how much you’ll pay overall are:
- The permits and fees
- The contractor you hire
So, let’s take a closer look at how these 2 factors affect price.
Note: If you’d like to get a more accurate price for your sewer conversion, contact Mr. Plumber today for your free quote.
Cost factor #1: Permits and fees
Switching from a septic tank to the public sewer system is a pretty involved process. Depending on your county, there are various forms, applications, permits and fees that must be filed and paid before the job begins.
The good news is that usually the contractor you hire will handle all of the necessary paperwork and will work with you to ensure that all permits are procured.
But, of course, you’ll be responsible for any payment so let’s look at some of the specific permits and fees you can expect to pay.
Note: Every county requires different forms and permits so check with your county for specific information and pricing (we’ve included various links to the city of Atlanta’s requirements for reference).
- Building permit application/fee. This permit is required anytime there is work being done to your house or the systems serving your home. Usually this fee is calculated at $5.00 per every $1,000 valuation of the project or a flat fee of $50, whichever is greater.
- Sewer Capacity Certification. This is the process in which the city determines whether there is capacity in the main sewer line to accommodate your added sewage flow. The cost for the analysis is usually a flat fee around $2,000. The actual certificate cost is determined by how many gallons of sewage you’ll produce daily, but most residential certificates cost $600.
- Sewer connection fee. This is a one-time fee that goes toward the city and pays for the cost of the pipeline and treatment facilities that transport and treat your waste. These fees vary by county but can be anywhere from $1,500 to over $3,000.
Cost factor #2: The contractor you hire
You will need a private contractor to handle the actual installation of the sewer lines. You’ll want to make sure that the plumber you hire is licensed, insured and experienced in sewer conversions.
Most contractors will provide a written estimate of the job upfront and will include an overall cost that they will charge for the following tasks:
Typical average price for this service: $1,000 to $2,500
The price for this task generally depends on how far the main sewer line is from your house. The cost is usually calculated per footage of line and digging required.
Draining septic tank
Typical average price for this service: $250 to $550
The plumber will need to properly dispose of the wastewater that is in the septic tank by draining it into a sewage truck and transporting it to a waste treatment facility.
Decommissioning septic tank
Typical average price for this service: $300 to $900
How your contractor disposes of your septic tank depends on your county’s code and what kind of tank you have:
- Steel septic tanks are usually removed from your property, crushed and buried.
- Concrete septic tanks are usually filled in with sand after holes are drilled into the sides of the tank.
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