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Nov 23, 2023

Sewer System vs. Septic System

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you are trying to figure out the main differences between a sewer system and a septic system. Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. In this comparison blog post, Rooter Man Plumbing compares the two wastewater management options to help you make an informed decision.

Rooter Man Plumbing is a trusted plumbing company providing top-notch septic services, including septic tank installation, septic cleaning, septic tank repair, and more. Whether you’ve noticed signs of a failing septic system or it’s time to install a new septic tank to accommodate your changing septic needs, the experts at Rooter Man Plumbing are here to help.

  • What’s The Main Difference?

The main difference between a sewer system and a septic system is how wastewater is treated. In a sewer system, wastewater from homes and businesses is collected in a network of pipes and transported to a wastewater treatment plant. Here, the wastewater is treated to remove pollutants before it is discharged into a body of water like a river, lake, or ocean. A septic system is a decentralized wastewater treatment system that treats wastewater on-site. It typically consists of a septic tank and a drainfield.

  • Where Does The Waste Go?

Sewer System: The waste from homes and businesses is transported through a network of underground pipes to a centralized wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater treatment plant treats the wastewater to remove pollutants and then discharges it into a body of water.

Septic System: The waste from individual homes flows into a septic tank buried on the property. The septic tank allows solids to settle, and bacteria break down organic matter. The clarified liquid, known as effluent, then flows into a drainfield, where it is further treated by soil organisms and eventually absorbed into the ground. The remaining solids are removed through a process known as septic tank pumping.

  • What Type of Maintenance Is Needed?

Sewer System: Maintenance for individual residents and businesses connected to a municipal sewer system is minimal. Users are generally responsible for using the system responsibly, avoiding flushing non-biodegradable items or harmful chemicals. Routine inspections or maintenance of the sewer infrastructure itself are managed by the local government or sewer authority.

Septic System: Maintenance for a septic system is more hands-on and falls on the property owner. Key maintenance tasks include regular pumping, periodic inspections, protecting the drainfield, timely septic tank repair, and more.

  • Who Is Responsible For The Maintenance?

Sewer System: The responsibility for maintenance lies with the local government or sewer authority that operates the system.

Septic System: The responsibility for maintenance primarily falls on the property owner. Homeowners are responsible for regular inspection, septic tank pumping, and maintenance of their septic tanks. This may involve hiring a professional septic company to assess the system, pump out accumulated solids, and address any issues.

  • What Is The Cost?

Sewer System: The cost for residents and businesses connected to a municipal sewer system is typically a recurring utility fee. This fee is usually included in the overall water and sewer bill issued by the local government or utility provider.

Septic System: The cost of a septic system involves several factors, including septic tank installation, routine maintenance, and occasional septic tank repairs. It's important to note that while a septic system may involve more upfront costs and ongoing maintenance responsibilities for the property owner, there’s no recurring utility fee.

  • What To Do If It Fails To Work?

Sewer System: If your sewer system fails to work, you will need to contact your local municipality or sewer authority. They will send a plumber to your home to assess the problem and make repairs.

Septic System: In the event of septic system failure, you will need to contact a septic company to conduct a comprehensive inspection and resolve the issue.

If you’re looking for professional and budget-friendly septic services, reach out to Rooter Man Plumbing.


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