If you have never lived in a home with a septic system, you know these households use external, in-ground tanks instead of public sewers provided by municipalities. Septic systems need not rely on other sources to work, as they are autonomous. A new home builder might have to handle a septic installation, and in other cases, these systems must be replaced.
What are the main differences between septic installation and sewer systems, though? A functioning septic system takes care of wastewater generated by a home’s toilets, faucets, washing machines, and so forth. The used water gets routed into the tank, which is usually buried in the ground. It then gets filtered, and the liquid is safely released into the ground. Septic tanks have to get pumped out from time to time, though. Not every home without access to public sewer systems can use traditional septic tanks, but alternatives may be available. Many homes that use septic systems also have their own wells to use for drinking water and other purposes.
Sewer systems require less thought and effort than septic systems. The wastewater travels through the structure’s pipes and moves towards sewer mains – you see the covers everywhere on streets. Using gravity, the wastewater keeps moving until it ends up at a wastewater treatment plant.
Your home’s water pipes can get damaged and deteriorate over time, and septic systems that are not pumped and maintained regularly can fail. When this happens, you may need a full or partial septic installation or repair. Let our team at Snead’s Outdoor Services do the work for you – contact us today for more information.