There are two common systems that you can use to process household waste: a sewer system or a septic system. Sewers are commonly used in urban areas to service many homes, while septic systems function like contained sewers for a single property. A good plumber will be familiar with either system, but it's helpful for you to know the basics of each so that you understand how to care for and maintain your plumbing. 

Sewer Systems 

Sewer systems are generally installed and maintained by cities and towns. However, as a homeowner, you're still responsible for the pipes inside your home as well as outdoor pipes that lead to the main sewer connection points. Sewers tend to be a popular choice since they're perceived as a low-maintenance, low-stress option. Further, sewers are usually better at handling non-human waste that enters the system since they're more robust and versatile. Maintaining your sewer-based system is also simple since any plumber will be familiar with it. 


However, maintaining your sewer-based system can come at a substantial cost. You pay for the use and maintenance of the sewer system as part of your monthly utility bills, and you're responsible for the expense if your main sewer line clogs, gets damaged, or wears out. This can be a substantial repair that homeowners will want to consider as they budget for major expenses. 

Septic Systems 

Septic systems are less popular, but they're still highly effective and useful. They're often found in rural homes that can't easily connect to a public sewer system. The system consists of pipes, a tank, and a leach field for waste water. Septic systems are known for being environmentally friendly since they don't require any chemicals or power to function. They're also fully contained, which means that homeowners are responsible for all components of the system. 

Septic systems require ongoing maintenance to function properly. The tank needs to be pumped out at least once every few years. Further, you have to be especially careful about what you put into the tank since septic systems are sensitive to solid waste. You don't want to risk clogging up the pipes or tank by inadvertently disposing of solid waste that the system isn't designed to handle. 


If you need a plumber for your sewer or septic system, contact A All Valley Plumbing & Sewer Service in Reading, OH. This  Tri-State area business can assist with everything from a clogged toilet to a plumbing system installation. Learn about their services on their website or request a quote by calling (513) 733-3311.