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Septic Tanks vs. Shared Sewers

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Sewage isn’t a popular topic of conversation, but it needs to be discussed. Most neighborhoods are already set up with either individual septic tanks or a shared sewer, but you may find yourself in a position where you need to choose what’s right for your family. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each.

Septic tank pros

  • Cost-effective investment
  • Eliminates water bills
  • Waste gets broken down quickly thanks to fast-acting aerobic bacteria
  • Long-lasting
  • Minimizes pollution thanks to a natural filtering process

Septic tank cons

  • Expensive to install
  • Added electricity costs
  • Requires frequent maintenance and care
  • May not be legal in all municipalities
  • Potential for sewage backup on property

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Shared sewer pros

  • Maintenance needs fall on the local government
  • Wastewater treated off-site, eliminating potential for sewage backup
  • Large capacity that can handle storm runoff
  • Quick, easy and efficient
  • Minimizes risk of human contact with waste

Shared sewer cons

  • Uses more water than a septic tank
  • Potential to contaminate local bodies of water
  • Expensive for lower-income communities
  • Potential for grease and fat buildup
  • Construction impacts

Whether your home is connected to a septic tank or a shared sewer, Plumbing Medic’s fully-trained technicians are available to handle all of your plumbing needs. Give us a call today:

(602) 649-6435

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