If you’ve purchased a home, it’s likely that you know whether it is on a septic or sewer system. But, did you know you have a choice? While the previous homeowners may have preferred the system the home is on now, perhaps you’d like to weigh your options. Take a look at the differences between each kind of wastewater system. Then you can make an informed decision on which one is better for your household.
Cost should be the first factor. Hooking up to a city sewer system will incur a bill. How often you are billed depends on the area. This is also true for the billed amount. Look into sewer rates in your area. Then, add up how much you are spending per year. Now think about cost for a septic system. Every 3-5 years, you need to pump the tank. The cost for this is usually between $200-$300. A septic system may actually be more cost efficient. This is barring any repairs or additional maintenance needed for your tank,
You may also want to think environmentally. City sewer systems require energy to circulate and treat water. They also use a variety of chemicals. This treats the wastewater and prepares it for safe recirculation. A septic system may be the greener option. Septic systems are basically on site treatment plants. Microorganisms filter out the harmful materials. The remaining water is pushed into your drain field. The drain field feeds the water back into the ground.
Another factor is flexibility. A city sewer system requires you to build according to its accessibility. Opting to install a septic system gives you the freedom to build wherever you like! It may be important to you to have the freedom of movement and pipe placement. Consider this while making your decision.
Finally, you’ll want to consider the cost of switching. If you are already on a sewer system, installing an entire septic system could cost you upwards of $4,000. If you are on a septic system, hooking up to the sewer system could cost thousands as well. The sewer system hookup also brings with it the recurring sewer payment. The septic brings along the recurring maintenance scheduling. These are things you should consider before making a switch. It may be more cost effective for you to leave things how they are unless you are thinking in the long term.
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