Septic system analysis

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Old 09-06-17, 04:36 PM
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Septic system analysis

The house we bought a year ago has two bathrooms and a septic system that works very well. We're considering adding an addition on the house with a 3rd bathroom. How can I determine if the septic system/drain field can handle the load. There are no filed plans for the system which was put installed in 1980. Thanks very much.
 
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Old 09-06-17, 04:45 PM
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The State of New York will probably become involved in determining whether your System is adequate or not.

Here in Vermont, Septic Tank/Leach Field sizing is a function of the number of Bedrooms, not plumbing appliances or bathrooms.

You may be wise to carefully inquire at your Town Zoning or Planning Office to get an idea of how best to proceed before making a commitment, or pulicizing your intentions.
 
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Old 09-06-17, 04:51 PM
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I have every intention of contacting code compliance, actually called already but the guy was out...just want to be armed with some knowledge when I contact a septic contractor.
 
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Old 09-06-17, 05:03 PM
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In my county septic systems and leach fields are sized by the number of bedrooms. Unfortunately my officials don't pay much attention to septic systems when approving building permits. Almost all additions are approved regardless of the septic. We have many homes with failing systems. In the end it is the homeowner that bears any cost of repair. There is really no recourse against the inspections, zoning and health departments that approve such construction so proceed carefully. Even if you are approved for your addition I would research your options should there be a problem in years to come.
 
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