So you’re thinking about buying a home and you’ve been looking at some properties that have sewer lines and other properties that have septic tanks. If you’re struggling to decide which one is better for you, it’s important to understand the differences between these two systems.
Before you can decide which system is better for you, you should first understand the very basics of how these systems work.
Sewer systems are a series of underground pipes that haul away waste water from a home in a town. The waste water is then treated in a water treatment facility before being returned to the environment.
Septic tanks are kind of like mini private sewer systems. The water is held in a tank in the ground beneath the property, and over time that water is filtered out of the system and into the drain field area.
Sewer systems get a good rap, maybe because they’re maintained by public agencies and homeowners feel less responsible for the care and upkeep of the sewer system. That said, there are pros and cons associated with sewer systems.
Septic tanks are misunderstood, probably because many homeowners don’t have septic tanks. Before you form negative opinions about septic tanks, it’s important to understand the good and bad qualities of septic systems.
Given a choice between a sewer system and a septic tank, it’s hard to say which one is better. The truth is that these systems are just different from one another. If you’re thinking about buying a home with a septic tank, once you understand the care and maintenance of septic system, you should be able to comfortably live in a home with a septic tank.
If you’re thinking about buying a home connected to a sewer system, look into sewer betterment fees that may apply at the time of purchase.
At Terry’s Plumbing, we can answer any questions you have about living in a home with a sewer or septic tank. We can also help you maintain those systems. If needed, contact us about clearing clogs from your sewer or septic tank. We’re happy to help!