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Does sewer connection need to be in?

Hello,
Can someone please help me understand if we need to have water and sewer connected to a vacant lot before the foundation is put in?
  • April 05 2013 - Mirrormont
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An in ground sewer should be laid out and stubbed then foundation poured leaving X amount of pipe exposed. Enough to tie in the remaining stack to branch each fixture.
 The water can be tapped at the street and drilled through the foundation. Some sewer lines are tied in at the joists and then exit through the foundation wall and then tie in to the main sewer outside. Sounds like you need to get the city inspectors involved to make sure things are right. They are there to help you.
  • April 07 2013
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I used to work in project management...
Before you put in your foundations, all of your utilities should be in place...
If your contractor does not know this then slow down and get your information and timelines straight...
If you are doing it yourself, then check your plans...
An old saying was do not put the cart before the horse...
Every project I worked on had the underground utlities in place, moment frame footings, embeds, engineering calculations ... so much more that a good general contractor should be able to help you with.
Way better to do a job right then to do it twice for 3x the cost.
  • April 07 2013
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I'm not sure where Mirrormont is. You need to contact your local building authority at the County and/or City level. Ask for their Building Codes. If your land is within a subdivision with HOA in place, you will also need to check with them for specific requirements. You and your contractor and architect can coordinate running utility services into the building site with whomever is pouring the foundation. Usually the contractor or architect takes care of making these arrangements.

Depending on the site's location and topography and local building codes & procedures, you may be able to save a little money by planning ahead. For instance, if you're being charged by foot for the digging + travel miles to get to the site, and the homeowner is responsible for digging the trench X feet from the city or county water and sewer lines, you could have the guys dig the foundation and trenches at the same time. 
  • April 05 2013
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