As you look to make upgrades to your Tarrytown, NY, property, your drainage system may be toward the top of the list. It’s a common debate over whether it’s time to get a new septic tank or stay with a sewer system.
What These Systems Do
Well-maintained drainage systems make certain activities such as toileting, washing dishes, showering, and doing laundry possible and seamless. Homes in Tarrytown use one of two types of mechanisms, either a septic tank or a sewer. Both sewer and septic systems filter out black water (water that comes from toilets) and gray water (water that comes from sink and shower drains). Also, they do a good job in filtering pathogens and bacteria.
Depending on the age of your house, whether you plan on selling anytime soon, or because of a problem that has arisen with your sewer system, you may be looking at whether it’s time to get a new septic tank.
Sewer systems are funded and maintained by local governments. This system connects entire communities to a centralized drain field and requires the use of chemicals and energy to haul away wastewater and treat it before sending it back to the environment.
Sewer systems are sometimes believed to be less sensitive to the non-human things that homeowners occasionally (and wrongfully) flush down the pipes. At first, a sewer may seem like a preferred option because homeowners believe the need for maintenance is less, but problems do arise. In time, sewers can get clogged with hair, grease, and hard elements, which leads to the blocking up of bathtubs, sinks, and toilets.
A septic system refers to the installing of a new septic tank (steel, concrete, or plastic) underground and outside of a property. Black and gray water gets filtered out and sent into a drain field. When properly maintained, these systems can last as long as 30 years.
A septic system isn’t maintained by local governments and is the complete responsibility of a homeowner. It needs to be pumped about every three years, depending on the capacity of a septic tank.
Compared to a sewer system, septic tanks are considered more environmentally friendly since the system doesn’t require energy and chemicals to pump and treat wastewater. This is one of the reasons why homeowners tend to be interested in installing a new septic tank onto their property.
Keep in mind that this system is sensitive to the things we flush down the drain. So, homeowners should keep cat litter, dirt, cotton swabs, coffee grounds, oils and other such items out of the septic system. Otherwise, the system may clog.
Given the advantages and disadvantages of septic systems, installing a new septic tank could be a better choice for your property, as well as the environment. At Santucci Construction Corp., you can rely on our 40 years of experience to help you decide whether a new septic tank is the best decision for your home and your future needs.