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Jenny, Home Owner in 01864

I recently purchused property with a 5 yr old septic tank but had the house removed and going to rebuild. Can i still use the existing septic tank?

Asked by Jenny, 01864 Tue Apr 19, 2011

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Depends on what you are building. Just ask your contractor / builder. The septic will need to be approved by the towns building department.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 22, 2012
Make sure the septic is large enough to match the amount of bedrooms in your new plans. 5 yrs old sounds fairly new and should pass... Buddy up with the locals that approve these septics and be nice...they are your best friend in this situation. Don't build before they approve whats in the ground.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 22, 2012
If the county approves it yes, but it will have to of appropriate size for the home built, so the old tank may have been suitable for a 2 Bath home, the new home having 3.5 Baths might require a larger Septic. Ask the build since he will be the one to have to file the permits and the septic will be one of the important ones!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 15, 2011
Definitely talk to the town each town will have a different take on it. Usually systems are rated for the number of bedrooms. If you are adding bedrooms it may no longer be large enough.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 15, 2011

It will all depend on what the system was rated for in regards to the bedrooms. This is a great question for your local board of health agent, and depending on what you are building you may have some nice options. All the best
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 16, 2011
Hi Jenny,
I would double check with your local board of health. Title 5 is a state regulation, but towns have the right to override the process and make the regulation stricter. I have seen many towns allow home owners do just what you are proposing but with 2 conditions. One, the system has to pass the title 5 test (the test result is good for 2 years, or 3 years if the system is pumped on the anniversary date of the initial inspection) And two, the new home’s bedroom count cannot exceed the existing septic systems capacity. You cannot use the existing septic system to build a 4 bedroom house if the septic is designed to accommodate 3. In that case you would have to expand the septic systems capacity. But, like I said, go to your local board of health to confirm. And best of luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 16, 2011
Even from the opposite side of the nation I know that your question needs to be posed to the local building authorities. We cannot give you a specific answer to that question on the forum.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 19, 2011
Clearly a question for local Board of Health and or Town Building Inspector. The Contractor building your home should handle that
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 19, 2011
This is a question for the North Reading Board of Health, and/or your architect/engineer. If it passed before, and you aren't increasing the number of bedrooms, you may have a good chance of using it. But, the answer should come from your local authority. Every town looks at septics differently. Here on Cape Cod, one town may approve of cesspools that are functioning, and the next town may not.

A passing system does not mean it will meet the needs of a new owner. If two people are selling a house and the new owners will have 6 people, will the system operate as effectively? No one can tell you that from the surface. The components of the system, the age, the past use, the past maintenance schedule, and the inspector can all be important information in determining the future of a septic .

The link below is to the N Reading Health Department page. Best wishes. And when you're on Cape Cod, stop in and say hi.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 19, 2011
As long as it passes title V. I think you need to get it inspected every 5 years.
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