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3 Things To Know When Switching From City Sewer To A Septic Tank

by Jurjen Zandvliet

If you're moving from the city to a house you are building in the country, one difference you may encounter is the type of sewer system you use. In the country, you may need to have a private septic system installed on your property. If this is new to you, here are three things you need to know about this.

You'll have to pay for the system upfront

According to Home Advisor, the average cost of a septic system is around $4,500, but yours may be more or less than this. If your last house had city sewage service, it probably also had city water too. These two utilities are usually billed together, and you were probably required to pay a fee each month for them.

The nice part about owning your own septic system is that you will not have to pay a monthly bill for using the system. Once you pay the contractor for it, the only time you will ever spend money on it is if it needs to be pumped or repaired.

It will need maintenance

The main type of maintenance you will need to do if you own a septic tank is have the tank cleaned out from time to time. This service will cost between $200 to $300, but it will keep the system running properly. If you take good care of your septic system, it will last longer and experience fewer problems.

The biggest question is how often a tank should be pumped, and the answer to this depends on the size of the tank and the number of people living in the house. Home Advisor reports that most homeowners need to have this done every one to three years, but Inspectapedia offers a chart you can use to determine how often to do this.

For example, if you live in a house with four people total and have a tank that is 1,000 gallons, you should have it pumped every 2 1/2 years.

You may need to learn how to control water usage

A septic system is very different than a municipal city sewer system, and one thing that can cause issues with it is when you use too much water. A septic system is designed in a way to allow the solids to remain in the tank and the liquids to evaporate and work their way out.

When too much water is used too often, the system cannot keep up with this process, and you may end up with sewage water in your yard. The best thing to do is to control and limit the amount of water you use daily. Another good idea is to simply spread out your water usage over an entire week, instead of using it all in one day.

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