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Question DetailsAsked on 10/15/2013

what is an average cost for septic to sewer hook up on a rancher style home

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If I read you correctly, you are talking about bypassing the current septic tank and leach field and running direct to a new public sewer.

If this is an old house, I would consider not intercepting the sewer pipe before the septic tank, but rather running a totally new line direct from the house to the street, for two reasons - that old section could turn into a problem in a few years and you don't need that worry, and also intercepting the existing line will almost certainly introduce several curves or bends which promote clogging - you are far better off with a new direct shot line with as few horizontal or vertical bends as possible.

Cost depends primarily on how far it is to the street sewer, what your local sewer company costs for the actual tie-in to their line (they almost always demand they do that themselves, at substantial cost), one-time sewer connection fee or "buy-in", how deep you have to go to get below frost depth, and how accessible the surface area is for a backhoe. In some rural areas connecting to county systems can run as little as a thousand $ or so for a 50' or so run, though "buy-in" fees for the right to connect to the line (which is how they pay for installing the mains to new service areas) can run into the thousands or occasionally into the tens of thousands of $. In some big cities the buy-in and connection charges can run into the multiple tens of throusands of $, so check with your local sewer company on those fees.

Aside from those fees, typically from about $1500-3000 for a normal house on a city street - obviously proportionally more if a long run down a private drive or lane to the public roadway or very deep excavation is needed. Excavation and installation can run as little as about $10/LF for shallow lay (typically 3 feet deep) in frostless climates, to as much as $200/LF for deep excavation in hardpan, bouldery areas, or bedrock in northern climes.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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