The Pros and Cons of Septic Systems
Like any important decision, it’s always a good idea to make a pros and cons list before finalizing your decision! What are the benefits? Are there any foreseeable problems? Is this high quality?
When it comes to your septic system, there are plenty of pros, but also some cons that you should be aware of! In this article we are going to break down a few of each for you!
Pro: Environmentally friendly
Septic systems take sewage and treat it onsite often do so to such high standards that enable its reuse for applications like supplemental irrigation, so it conserves water and it’s good for the environment! This is in stark contrast to sewage systems which require power and significant amounts of resources like electricity and piping which tend to fail over time.
Con: Be More mindful of what you flush
One disadvantage of septic systems is that you have to be mindful of what you flush. Items such as napkins, tissues, diaper wipes, cigarettes, grease, etc, can easily lead to clogged pipes and will require pumping.
Pro: Cost effective
Septic systems can have basic designs that are often inexpensive to install and maintain. Septic systems also eliminate the cost of a water and sewer bill, however, the septic tank must be emptied out on a regular basis.
Con: Routine maintenance
Yes, septic tanks are often inexpensive, but keep in mind that they need to receive maintenance routinely. We recommend that you get your septic system maintained every 6 months! If your septic system ever gets backed up, you’d have to consider pumping as well.
With proper maintenance and care, your septic system will rarely need to be replaced! Septic systems can last anywhere from 20 up to 40 years!
Con: Pipe ruptures
If a drainage pipe leading to your septic tank ruptures due to tree roots, a car rolling over it, an accident while excavating, an earthquake, or any other reason, you may be in for a major mess. The ground will get moist as the waste water pours into the soil, and you will likely detect a bad odor.
Life happens. With anything that may be installed for your home, some things are likely to go wrong at some point, that’s just the nature of things! But it’s important to weigh both the pros and cons and measure just how beneficial things can be for your home and your family!