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Septic Tank or Sewer? How to Decide What’s Best for Your Cabin

One of the factors you will have to think about when looking to enhance the comfort of your home is the drainage system. Your drainage will make for a way through which waste is taken care of when you do your dishes, laundry, flush your toilet or take a shower. However, you may find yourself in a position where you have to choose between having a septic tank or a sewer. If you are to make the right choice, you should go for the option that works best for you.

How They Work

With a septic tank, your waste and wastewater will be channeled into a holding tank where bacteria will work to break down any solid matter. The liquid waste that is left will be allowed to flow into a drain field. The situation is quite different when it comes to a sewer system. A sewer is made up of lines that direct the waste into a treatment facility. Here, any contaminants in the waste will be removed before the clean water is carried back to the local water supplies.


In most cases, the price of buying a house will include the cost of a septic tank, taking away any worries you may have about incurring additional costs. On the other hand, how much you will pay when you choose a sewer system will be determined by the location of your house.


Once you have either of these systems in your home, you will have to think about maintenance. For a septic tank to function optimally, you have the responsibility to ensure that it is well maintained at all times. Depending on how much you use the facility, the waste will have to be pumped out from time to time. With a sewer system, while the responsibility of making sure it works optimally lies with the local municipality, little or no maintenance is required.


In the event that your septic tank fails to work as expected, you can call in a professional to check the system and carry out the required repairs. Some companies, such as Brad’s Plumbing, know that when well maintained, the ongoing costs associated with a septic tank will generally be fewer. For sewer repair, you will just need to get in touch with the local municipality.

Before making a decision on the best drainage system for your needs, you will have to be mindful of your unique circumstances. It would also be important to think about the convenience you will enjoy once you have your preferred drainage system installed.

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