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Disposal Dilemma: Comparing Septic Tanks to Traditional Sewer Lines

As you consider everything that goes into the building of a new home, you will not want to neglect the importance of treating your waste. Septic and sewer are the two main options in this regard, each coming with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. You will want to consider your situation and the scope of your home carefully before making your decision, as changing this after the fact can become quite costly. To help guide your decision, consider the following four areas relating to septic tanks versus traditional sewer lines.

Separating Fiction from Reality

Many people believe that sewers are the cheaper option because there is no real maintenance involved. That is done by the city or regional government. The reality is that it depends on where you live, because costs can vary widely. On the other hand, it is perceived that septic systems are the more environmentally friendly option, yet many become concerned about the costs involved with upkeep. These are all issues that must be weighed carefully.

Similarities between the Two Systems

It can be said that both sewers and septic tanks offer largely the same thing. Both systems are designed to filter away the black and grey water in your home, taking away the harmful bacteria and pathogens in it, before allowing it come back into the external environment. Both systems are meant to get rid of the wastewater form your home in an effective manner.

Consider the Cost

Cost is always a major concern. Sewer systems often come with hefty connection charges, sometimes as high at $16,000, particularly in newer communities. The fees for a sewer also differ widely from one part of the country to another. You will want to review your sewage fees in the city you are building in to help determine the actual cost. A septic tank, on the other hand, is typically a one-time installation cost and then a $300 or so pumping charge every two to three years.

Look at the Benefits

Septic tanks are better on the environment because they do not use harmful chemicals. They serve the same purpose and are reasonably maintenance free. Because of this, you might want to consider the option of a septic tank in your new home build.

When it comes to choosing the right type of system for you, take into account the location of your home and the availability of a traditional sewer line. This might make the decision easy for you, particularly if you are in a rural area. You want to choose the system that will be the most cost effective, but also last for the long term. Look online at contractor’s webpages and related sites to help you learn what you need to know. Make your decision wisely and you will sleep much better at night when it is all said and done.

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