Should I convert from a septic system to a sewer system? That is a question many homeowners ask themselves when they want to upgrade their existing system to include a new bathroom or add a new floor. Although the price can be higher initially, converting your septic to a sewer system can have many benefits. Aside from saving money in the long run, there are several advantages to this process that are more than the monetary savings. You will also find that it makes your home much easier to maintain.
A sewer system includes a series of drains that are put in place to carry waste water away from your house. Typically these drains are placed on the outside of the property but in some cases the pipes are placed within the foundation of the house. There are basically two types of systems to choose from, open and closed. In an open system, a pipe is placed inside your home so that waste water flows out of the house through a pipe that is opened at the top of the drain field. This type of system is more effective because it allows for faster removal of solid materials from your drain field.
On the other hand, a closed system simply has a pipe that is located within the house so that liquids, solids and other materials are removed from the drain field as waste is flushed from the house. A typical example of this type of system would be a kitchen sink drain field. In this type of system, a drain line from the kitchen sink is attached to a small pipe that is tucked into the basement or somewhere within the house. When you install a closed system, you don’t have to open the pipes that are located within your house. However, this means that you will need to occasionally clean out your drain fields especially if you regularly flush your toilet and flush the toilet several times a day.
Should I convert from a septic system to a sewer system if I have a home near a beach? If your home is located near a beach, there is a possibility that saltwater may corrode the pipes of your septic system. Should I convert to a sewer system so that there will be less corrosion of the pipes?
Should I convert from a septic system to a sewer system if my drainage field is filled with asphalt? With this type of drain field, solids and grease get washing into your main sewer lines that lead to your drains. Should I convert to a closed system so that dirt and grime won’t mixing with the water that is flowing through my drains?
Should I convert from a septic system to a sewer system if I have a wooden drain field? Wood wastes can rot. What should I do with it? Should I just put it in my garden or basement? Open or Closed?