Switching From Septic to Sewer: What You Should Know

Many homeowners that are on a septic system simply don’t have the option of using a sewer line, typically because they live in a remote area that is too far from a municipal sewer plant. However, there are some that do have the luxury of deciding which plumbing system to use. Maybe your community recently got the necessary plumbing to connect to a sewer line, and you need to decide whether to convert your septic to sewer or just leave it as is. Here are some things to consider when deciding on a septic to sewer conversion.

Is It Even an Option?

As mentioned before, there are some necessary requirements that must be met before you can switch to a sewer system. You must be able to answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • Is there a sewer line available on your street?
  • Can you obtain the proper permits from relevant authorities?
  • Do you have the money to cover the initial hook-up costs?

If you have considered and can address the above requirements, you can officially decide from a personal preference if a sewer system is more suited for your specific home and family.

The Benefits of a Switching to Sewer

A septic tank is an independent wastewater filtration and removal system. All of its components are near your home, including the tank itself as well as the pipes and drain field. While a septic tank can last for decades, it requires proper maintenance and care. For starters, septic pumping is a non-negotiable service that must be done every few years. Your household occupants will also need to be very careful about what they flush or send down the drain, as anything other than “septic safe” toilet paper and wastes can disrupt the tank and cause costly problems over time.

Many homeowners seek the following advantages of a septic to sewer conversion:

  • No maintenance, such as periodic septic tank pumping
  • Increase in home value
  • Odor elimination
  • No saturation in your yard when the grass is dormant

Still Not Sure?

At Plumbing Sewer & Septic, we service both septic and sewer systems on a regular basis. Therefore, we are happy to further explain the pros and cons of each. There are certainly benefits to sticking with your septic system too. We will help you make a decision based on your specific location, type of home, budget and personal preferences. Call Plumbing today.

Posted on behalf of Plumbing Sewer & Septic

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