There are two options available for waste drainage that we rely on daily. Homeowners either use a Septic or Sewer system for disposing of their wastewater. Understanding critical differences between the two wastewater drainage systems will be instrumental in helping you decide whether or not to convert from a septic tank to a sewer system or vice versa. Sewer lines generally connect to public sewer systems and are available mostly in urban areas. Septic systems are the most common options for homes in rural areas where there might be no public town sewer line to connect with.

Septic Systems

Septic systems consist of a metal or concrete tank situated near your home or commercial property. Wastewater from bathrooms, laundry, and tubs travel into the tank and filter out directly to a drain field. A well-maintained septic system can last for decades as long as the tank is flushed once every three to five years. In addition to the costs, arranging for tank flushing or cleaning may be a hassle. If you do not wish to be dependent on the city’s municipal sewage system, a septic system may provide a great deal of security and independence for you!

Sewer Systems

Once your home is connected to the public sewer system, you do not have to worry about cleaning, repair, and maintenance. Beyond paying the monthly wastewater fee, there are usually no issues that may lead to septic problems. City water departments are responsible for repairs and addressing any unpredictable septic issues that may arise. Sewer lines are built to pass more wastewater while being less susceptible to clogging and obstructions than septic systems. You should always be extremely careful about what is flushed down the drains. On the bright side, sewer lines tend to handle more abuse than conventional septic tanks.

Here Are Some Key Differences Between Septic & Sewer Systems

Key Advantages of Septic Systems over Sewer System
• Septic systems can be installed at any particular location that has healthy soil surrounding it.
• Septic systems comparatively cost less as there are no monthly expenses attached.
• Septic tanks can last for over 20 years, while concrete ones may touch 40 plus years.
• Septic systems reduce the risk of deadly pathogen transmissions.
• Septic systems remove pollutants from surface water and also replenish groundwater.

Key Advantages of Sewer Systems over Septic Systems
• Town governments are responsible for the maintenance of the sewer lines.
• You are not responsible for the overflow or clogging of sewer lines.
• A monthly fee to your local government is all you are liable for.
• You are not burdened with a septic tank that may require cleaning and repair.
• Homeowners save the costly hassle of installation that septic tanks demand.