Owning a home in a small community or out on the fringes of the nearest city usually means that home is connected to a septic system instead of a public sewer system. The advantage to a septic system is immediate: your water bill won’t include charges for sewer services. But does a septic system actually save you money in the end? Read more of this blog post to find out.
What Are the Costs of Owning a Septic Tank?
Owning a septic tank means that everything you flush or pour down the drain is handled on-site instead of flowing through sewers to a lake, river, or the ocean. Most of the time, your septic tank is breaking down waste and releasing water back into the soil without you having to do anything, but the tank will eventually need to be pumped. Whether your tank fills up in a few years or a few months, the time always comes.
Scheduling a septic pumping appointment is the most common cost of owning a septic tank, but bacterial treatment and other maintenance also need to be paid for. The costs may seem to come all at once, but they aren’t as frequent as a water bill.
Is Owning a Septic Tank Cheaper than a Sewer?
There is no direct answer to this question, because different factors affect the costs, and sometimes personal preference makes one method of waste management better than another. Those used to living with a septic tank may prefer it, especially since they know how to keep it in better condition. The size of a septic tank, the number of people living in a home, and how well everyone knows the rules of living with a septic tank, all affect how much money goes into owning one.
In the end, education and careful planning will help your septic system last longer, which makes your life easier. If you are considering buying a home with a septic system, you can learn more about it by keeping up with our blog or contacting us directly here.