Are you buying or building a home and need to understand the difference between a sewer system versus a septic system? Are you buying in a rural area and having to utilize septic for the first time ever?
We at Draingo Plumbing can help answer all of your sewage and septic related questions! We’re a plumbing company in the East Lake, Florida area and we have decades of experience in the field.
Having a sewer system versus a septic system mainly depends on where you are planning to live. Keep reading below about the differences of sewage and septic tanks for your home!
How Does A Sewer System Work?
For a city sewage system, your home’s plumbing is connected to the city’s sewer lines and you pay a monthly fee for access to that system. Everything you flush or run down a drain in your home gets washed away into the city’s sewage system under your house.
How Does A Septic System Work?
For some residents in more rural areas, you may not have a choice but to use a septic tank system. In any case using a septic tank, even if you could connect to city sewage lines, you do not need to pay the city anything for it, but you will be on the hook for regular maintenance and repairs to the tank itself, as well as drain cleanings which are needed with a sewer system.
The tank is a large plastic or cement container which will be placed underground on your property. Everything that exits your home will drain down into that septic tank. All solids and waste will stay at the bottom of the tank while water will exit the tank through a drain field.
Some things to be aware in having a septic system are the following:
- Be mindful of what you place down the drains
- Pipe rupturing causing bad flooding and terrible odors
- Maintenance every 3-5 years at the most to get the tank pumped
Which Option Is Better?
In our humble opinions, a city sewer system is probably the best and easiest route to go if you have a choice in the matter.
With a city sewer connection, there is no tank or drain field to worry about going bad. For instance, a hole can develop in the tank over time or roots can begin to grow into drain fields, meaning you would need to replace these things. Replacing a septic tank or drain field can be pretty costly, up to thousands of dollars for a typical sized tank. However, with a city sewer connection, you may need to repipe at worst if there is a leak.
Otherwise, both systems are identical inside the home, they both run all the way through your home and under it to their respective receptacles, septic tank or sewage system.
If you have any more questions for us at Draingo plumbing, or need a drain cleaning in the East Lake, Florida area, give us a call today and we’d love to help you out!