Septic Vs Sewer

The wastewater system in a home, though normally not visible, is a key component in any residence.Identifying whether a house has a septic tank or municipal sewer connection is the first step in understanding the workings of any home.These two systems differ greatly in the following ways:

  • Water treatment method
  • Cost
  • Maintenance

Where the Water Goes

The main difference between a septic and a sewer system is where the water exiting the home ends up.With a sewer system, wastewater from each home in the city flows into large, underground pipes and is then transferred to a treatment station.Septic systems handle all waste water on-site through a network of pipes, an underground tank and a drain field.


A septic system has two types of costs:

  • Up-front installation
  • Maintenance

A municipal sewer connection, while less expensive in the beginning, has a monthly fee for the life of the home.This service can often end up costing more in the long run.


Another key difference between the two configurations is maintenance.Sewer systems are maintained by the city or municipality where the residence is located.  Septic systems require homeowners to take an active role in maintenance.A yearly professional inspection and pumping when required ensures the system remains sanitary and functional for many years. Visit this website for more information about septic tank pumping in Santa Cruz area.


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Bob has over 20 years of experience as a plumbing and fitting specialist.
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