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Need to Abandon Your Septic System? The General can Help

Posted on December 4, 2017

Have you received your notice to connect yet? Regulations are forcing many homeowners to get rid of their septic system and connect to a public sewer. Now is the time to call General Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make the switch and go green. Our licensed plumbers can do all the required work to make sure you meet the new regulations.

Generally speaking, homeowners are being forced to abandon their septic tanks if a sewer system is available within so many feet of the home based on local regulations. It’s a concerted effort to get rid of septic systems that can contaminate groundwater and have other environmental risks.

This is not a simple drain cleaning in your palm springs home, but rather a major excavation project. In many cases, a septic tank is located behind a home. Connecting to a public system often means laying a new sewer pipe out to the street. The existing septic tank does not have to be removed, but it must be uncovered and filled with sand to meet the abandon in place regulations. This all has to be done at the homeowner’s expense.

That’s the bad news. The good news is there are programs to assist homeowners in the process, and the General can help you find the best one to fit your needs. One example is financing available through the Ygrene Works program. Its many benefits include:

  • No upfront payments
  • Fixed terms up to 30 years
  • Eligibility based on home equity
  • Can finance more than one project at the same time

 

You may also have heard of the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program, which operates under the Ygrene umbrella. These nationwide programs provide affordable financing to promote energy efficiency, water conservation, and many other projects that improve the environment. It is a successful tool to support public policy initiatives like doing away with septic tanks. Our experts at the General will be glad to help you with the application process.

Just remember, many of these assistance programs are not permanent. Some expire on a certain date and may not be renewed. Others have a limited amount of money, and when it runs out that’s the end. So if this is a project you need to have done, don’t wait. Act now while the money is still available. Besides, it’s a great way to start the new year.

When you choose the General, you have our guarantee that the work on your septic and sewer system will be done right, and will meet all local regulations. Why would you take a chance on calling any other plumber in Palm Desert besides us? It’s why we’re called, “The best little air conditioning and plumbing company in the desert.”