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    I'm looking at a piece of property that has a house on it that needs torn down. I want to put up a modular and basement. Is it ok to tap into the existing septic? I've had a couple people say I might need to build a sand mound. Why would this be required? I have been holding off on the purchase until i know if I'm able to just tap in or not. Any info appreciated.

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    How old is the house?

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    1920's. I was thinking if the septic is in working condition and I got it pumped I could just tap in. Seems like people are thinking I may not be allowed for some reason

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    Just a couple of thoughts. Is this area served by a city sewer system? If so, septic tanks probably would not be allowed. Second thought, is there a leech field that is in working condition?

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    If the system is functional, then it can be reused. But since the building is destroyed there is no way to verify its condition. A leach field which has been dormant for a long time could have hardened deposits inside it which would compromise its operation. At this point, I would assume you will have to install a new system, possibly if for no other reason than that the tank may be smaller than the current minimum size required.

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