Septic to Sewer Transition in Martin & St. Lucie Counties

Martin County Septic News

You may have heard that Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Jensen Beach and Hutchinson Island and other towns in the treasure coast will soon be changing from septic to sewer systems. In fact Martin County is starting it’s 20 year plan to eliminate septic systems. Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic will of course be very involved in the transition because we are licensed to both pull the permit and disconnect the septic tank. We look forward to assisting area homeowners in the transition and thought you might like to know more about it.
 

How is the septic system switched to a sewer system?

 
The first step is to dig up the pipe from the house to the septic tank. The pipes are then re-routed to the sewer main. The pipes are then connected directly to the municipal system.
 
The process of transitioning from a septic system to a sewer system is relatively simple. A licensed plumber like Cooke’s must pull the permit for the seer hookup and have a separate license to abandon the septic tank. Cooke’s will be performing both licensing and permitting. Cooke’s is a one stop shop. We use no sub contractors, therefore we will save you money!.
 

How long will it take?

 
The cost of conversion depends on several variables. The depth, distance, obstructions and materials required all affect the cost of the conversion project. Identifying the optimal path for rerouting the pipelines can affect the cost of the project as well. The process could take up to five days. On average, the homeowner is only out wastewater management for two hours.
 
Martin county is starting a 20 year plan to eliminate septic systems. They will start in the wetland low lying areas first. Mostly waterfront communities.
 

Advantages of switching from septic to sewer?

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There are significant advantages of transitioning from the septic system to a sewer setup. One can eliminate the pumping requirements. Additionally, the biennial inspection is no longer required. The system under a municipal sewer setup is managed directly by the utility system. In the event that the home is sold, the property value will be higher with a sewer system. The maintenance and septic costs are a deterrent for prospective buyers in various cases. If ever a replacement is required, the homeowner can expect to save more if there was a sewer system. A sewer can also handle much larger volumes of waste water at a time.
 
The conversion depends on the location of the home. In rural areas, such as those in Indiantown and Stuart, the conversion process may not actually be an option. If the sewer line is actually accessible, a sewer line can be ran from thee home to the municipal system. If considering a conversion, the homeowner can work with the contractor to determine whether or not they would save by switching. Contact Cooke’s Plumbing and Septic today to learn more about the transition from septic to sewer for your part of Martin County by calling us at (772) 287-0651.