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Old 04-20-2018, 07:30 PM
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I was looking into replacing my cesspool, I'm in Huntington. I've been told that starting July 1st, you won't be able to do cesspool replacements, you will have to replace with a septic tank.

Until July 1, you can still replace an existing cesspool. The downside is that if you want to put an addition on your home, the town may require you to upgrade your cesspool to a septic tank. The rules here sound grey to me - additions consisting of "bedrooms" will definitely require the upgrade, but if you are doing something like bumping out a kitchen, then it will not be required. But apparently this decision on what qualifies is up to the town, and you're at their mercy. I was interested in adding a family room to my home, and sounds like I would get hit by the requirement for a project like that.

I'm wondering if anyone else has run into this, and has any more info about it.

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Old 04-21-2018, 07:35 AM
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So much for land of the free.
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Old 04-21-2018, 08:14 AM
Location: Kings Park & Jamesport
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Not sure about the July 1st deadline. You are suppose to replace any cesspool with a septic tank. There is an exception that states a cesspool can be replace with a cesspool if its an "emergency". That is how cesspools are replaced with cesspools.

New construction homes are required to have a septic system.

Additions that include more bedrooms require approval from Board of Health. They will require an upgrade to a septic system. The idea that additional bedrooms indicate more people living at the residence and that the existing system is too small for more occupants.

Addition of a family room, or 5 more bathrooms for that matter, does not need Board of Health approval.

The town could call you out if attempt to add a bedroom but ask the architect to label it a 'family room'.

I would love to know more about this July 1st issue......
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Old 04-21-2018, 10:30 AM
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@Kbinspections, yeah I had two cesspool companies come by so far and both said the same about the July 1st date.

So if I want to add a family room, do you know how that gets labeled as such? Do I get an architect to draw up plans, label the room as a "family room", then when the plans go to the town for a permit, do they take a look and decide if it's truly a family room or not? If they decide it is, then it goes to the board of health for approval?

I'm just unclear what the process is for this.

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Old 04-21-2018, 08:49 PM
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Septic tanks are just better. Especially on LI where you still use cesspool overflows (I pity places which require leach fields). Get one sized for one extra room/bathroom and you won’t have to worry.
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