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

New Home? Consider Costs Of Septic Versus Sewer

If you’re shopping for a new home, you have many considerations which factor into the home you will eventually buy. One important factor that may not be at the top of your list is the sewer system the home uses, either a city sewer connection or a septic system. If you have your heart set on a rural home, you may not have a choice other than to opt for a home with a septic system. If you’ve created a short list of homes in which you are interested, some with city sewer and others with septic systems, take time to consider the long-term costs. 

Septic System Maintenance

A septic system requires ongoing maintenance by the homeowner to continue functioning properly. This means regular inspections, possible chemical infusions and pumping of the septic tank. However, there is the benefit of not needing to pay a monthly fee to use your septic system, unlike city sewer. If you’re concerned with maintaining the septic system, most septic service companies offer affordable maintenance packages to care for the system on a annual or quarterly basis. 

Sewer System Benefits

There is no doubt that city sewer is easier for the homeowner in most cases. Still, you will often pay more for a home on a sewer line versus the same home featuring a septic system, plus the monthly utility charge. Situation on a municipal sewer line does absolve you from some responsibility regarding your own sewage treatment, though the repair and replacement of sewer lines on the owner’s property are still the responsibility of the homeowner. 

Most home buyers may prefer to purchase a home with a city sewer. yet a home with a septic system may be a better value. Don’t discount a home just because it has a septic system. Find out the age of the septic system, then have an inspection done before making any decisions. You may find that, in some cases, the home with a septic system is a better value.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Sewer Septic