The need to eliminate wastewater is something that all homeowners have in common, but how it actually happens depends on where you choose to buy or build your home.
Dwellings located in and around bigger cities and towns are usually linked to public sewer systems. In this case, wastewater leaves the property and travels to a community treatment facility for processing and cleaning.
Of course, this is Arizona, and a lot of home buyers come here for the scenic beauty. If you’re looking to relocate to a more remote, rural area, you may not have the option to connect to city sewer lines. In this case, you’ll have to rely on an on-site septic system; here’s how they work.
IS ONE OPTION BETTER THAN THE OTHER?
While both sewer and septic systems perform the job of removing and filtering wastewater—including graywater from sinks, showers, dishwashers, and laundry machines and blackwater from toilets—a home septic system is generally considered the less expensive, more environmentally friendly option.
Let’s look at why that is.
A SEPTIC SYSTEM WILL SAVE YOU MONEY OVER TIME
With a septic system, the only costs homeowners need to worry about come from the initial installation cost (if already installed, the price of the septic system is typically included in the price of the home) and the minimal maintenance expenses they can expect to pay over the life of the system.
In other words, if you’re smart about home water use and regular maintenance, you’ll spend less on your septic system over time than you would if you were part of the community sewer system.
On the other hand, homeowners who are connected to a sewer system are responsible for paying monthly sewer fees, which can run pretty high depending on where you live and the equipment used by the treatment facility. You may also be forced to pay additional (and often unexpected) charges for sewer system upgrades or repairs.
A SEPTIC SYSTEM IS THE CLEANER, “GREENER” OPTION
Large public treatment plants use harsh chemicals (such as chlorine) to disinfect and treat wastewater before dumping it into nearby rivers, which many experts worry may impact the local ecosystem. In contrast, septic systems use only naturally existing bacteria to break down waste, which is considered a big plus by environmentally conscious homeowners.
Not to mention the fact that treatment facilities use a lot of energy—more than 30 terawatt hours per year of electricity. This translates to about $2 billion in annual electric costs, some of which can trickle down to homeowners. Installing an on-site septic system can help cut down on energy use, which is ultimately better for the planet.
Wastewater treatment plants are also far more susceptible to overflows due to high capacity, power outages, or pumps breaking breaking down, but a quality septic tank that is properly maintained should never overflow.
SEPTIC SYSTEMS GIVE YOU MORE CONTROL OVER YOUR DRAINAGE
Why rely on a wastewater system managed by your local government if you have the option to be more independent?
With a septic system, homeowners have complete control over every aspect of their wastewater removal—from monitoring how much water is used in the home and what goes down the drain to making sure your system is properly maintained year after year.
GOING SEPTIC? GO WITH THE BEST
Paradise Septic has been providing residential septic service to homeowners in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas for more than 50 years—from drilling and installation to pumping and regular maintenance.
Family owned and operated, we take pride in delivering superior service and efficient, cost-effective solutions to meet all of your septic system needs.
Call Paradise Septic today at (480) 351-1725 or send us a message through our convenient online form.