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Septic tanks

Septic tanks

Postby Janine » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:35 am

Looking to buy a house in an older part of Quesada which has a septic tank, does anyone know what the procedure is to have this removed and be connected to mains water. I think it is pretty old as the property is in need of alot of work.
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby GLASSMAN » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:37 pm

I think you mean connected to mains sewerage,do you have mains water?
you would need council approval and the necessary licences, from your Mains water supplier and town hall,and then a pot load of money for the work, connecting to a main sewer is no cheap task, then you would pay dirty water disposal on your bill, wereas at the moment you should only be paying for water used, as with a septic tank you are suppose to have it emptied of solids regularly and pay the emptier, does it have a soakaway system?
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby Janine » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:06 pm

[quote][/quote] yes I did mean mains sewerage, have you had this work done as you mentioned that it would lot of money, a guide to how much would be appreciated, being connected to mains sewerage would surely be better than a septic tank.
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby brandyboy » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:21 pm

It needn't be such a trauma, it depends on the circumstances.
Is there sewage pipes on the street where the house is located?
How far from the road is the house?
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby JohnES » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:30 pm

I have heard that the house should be connected to the main sewage system before it can be sold.
Is this a private sale or through an estate agent ?
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby Janine » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:41 pm

Though an agent
Also the house is not far from the street.
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby Lyn59 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:17 pm

Many country houses both here and in the UK have septic tanks. This doesn’t affect conditions of sale. I lived in a house in England that had a septic tank, and am in the process of buying a house here which has one. It isn’t a problem, you just need to be aware of what you are putting down your loo (no wipes, for example) and be prepared to have it emptied occasionally. You really aren’t aware of it most of the time. On the plus side, as Glassman says, you will not be paying for waste water disposal. I imagine the cost of connection to mains drainage would be eye watering, and may not even be possible.
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby brandyboy » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:27 pm

Janine wrote:Though an agent
Also the house is not far from the street.

Provided the sewage pipes in the street run past the house, the process is very simple. You will need a plumber/builder to cap off the ceptic tank connects and dig and lay pipe to the boundary of the property. When that is done, the water company will come and connect from the pavement into the main sewer. It's some years since I had it done at that time the water company charged about 800€ for their part of the work, so if it's straight forward, you should be looking at about a thousand for the water company plus what ever the builder charges you. A decent builder will tie everything up with the water company. It's a straight forward thing to do and aside from putting your hand in your pocket there are no hoops to jump through. Good luck.
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby Janine » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:31 pm

[quote][/quote] Thank you I have a figure in my head of 1500 euros and our builder we will use is brilliant and will deal with the water company before we buy I will drive past and have a look at the road to see the sewage pipes are.
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Re: Ceptic tanks

Postby Terry the gardener » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:46 pm

It maybe worth if you can get the lid off the main drain nearest to your house and checking to see if there is a pipe comings out of the main down pipe heading towards you property ...as in our case ..the previous owners had paid to have the pipe from this to the outside wall of the property ..they were doing the house next door at the time ..so was cheaper...Sorry don't no price...all we have to do is connect from the house to the pipe at the outside wall.
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