Living within town limits, residents pay a monthly utility bill to cover sewer costs. With a septic tank, you don’t have this recurring expense.
With proper care, a septic system lasts for decades. Lifestyle choices like conserving water, limiting the use of bleach, and being careful about what goes down the drains, not only protects your septic but also the environment.
In the unlikely event you have a blockage that causes waste to back up into your home, with a septic tank you know where that waste came from. On a municipal system, a back-up can bring pathogens from the entire community into your tubs, sinks, and toilets, depending on the location and severity of the backup.
In addition to promoting environmentally conscious behavior on the part of the homeowner, a septic system by design is an environmentally friendly home feature. If a leak were to occur, it would affect only the local property. If a leak occurs in a municipal system, the damage is more widespread.
Get a septic tank inspection before buying a houseIf you’re considering buying a house with a septic tank, include the septic system in your home inspection. A septic inspection will give you peace of mind and prevent any costly headaches after moving in. A septic inspection includes the following:
- Date of the last inspection to determine if it’s properly maintained
- The level of sludge in the tank
- Location of the drain field, it should not be located near the well or any body of water
- Confirmation that the system is large enough for the home that it serves
- Presence of liquid waste on the ground surface
- Tank and lid are free of cracks or leaks
- Baffles are firmly connected to inlet and outlet pipes
- Drain lines each receive the same amount of water
For more information, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.