Is It Time to Convert Your Septic to Sewer?

Many homes that once only had the option of installing a septic system now have access to municipal sewer service. As city limits and neighborhoods expand, so do the sewer lines for providing sewage disposal and treatment for residential homes. If your home has a septic system, but sewer service is now available where you live, you may have considered converting. Here is what you need to know and some factors that could help you decide if it is time to convert from septic to sewer.

Cost, Convenience and Value

The top reason that homeowners want to make the switch to sewer service is convenience. No worrying about septic tanks, drain fields and maintenance – sewer service is much easier for homeowners than septic systems. However, that convenience comes at a cost. Not only does it cost a substantial amount of money to convert to sewer, you will also have a monthly sewer bill that you do not have with a septic system. However, even though it is a significant investment, converting to sewer can add value to your home.

Is the Time Right?

If your septic system is less than 20 years old and is working great, you may want to hold off on conversion, unless you are selling your home. You may want to discuss home value differences with a realtor between sewer and septic homes in your neighborhood if you are planning to sell in the next few years. It may be worth the investment if it will the cost will be covered with a higher sale price of your home.

If your septic system is 20 or more years old, or you have been having problems, it may be a great time to convert. Take the money you are spending on repairs and put it toward converting to a low-maintenance sewer service – talk to your local sewer/septic professional to learn more about the cost.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Buying a New Home? Consider Your Sewer Options

When you are looking to buy a new home, you have certain factors to consider. The number of bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage come to mind, as well as layout, location and amenities. But there is another aspect that is important in your buying decision: the sewer system. While not sexy, it is a crucial part of your home and can have a big impact. Here are a few questions to ask about the sewer system before you buy:

Is it a septic or sewer system? This is a basic question you will need to know. If it is on a city sewer system, great. But you will want to learn more about the age and type of sewer pipes on your property as they will be your responsibility. If it is a septic system, there are more questions to ask.

How old is the septic system? Septic systems can last for decades if properly maintained, but if it is twenty years old or more, you will want it thoroughly inspected. You will also want to obtain records on its maintenance.

Can the septic system be converted to sewer? In general, using city sewer can be easier with less maintenance than a septic system. It can also increase the value of the home. If a conversion is possible, it could be worth the cost as an investment into the home.

Regardless of whether it is a sewer or septic system, having your own inspection done on the pipes and other components by a sewer service company is advisable. Sewer/septic repairs and replacement can be expensive – you will want to know what you are getting into before you buy.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283