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Septic Tank vs. Sewer System

Drainage is crucial to flushing wastewater out of your home safely and discreetly. These systems are put in place so that you can go about your day washing your hands, doing dishes, and using the bathroom without having to think about where all the used water is heading as it funnels down the drain.

Now that we have put the thought of where the water goes in your head, however, we’ll break it down for you and share some pros and cons to choosing them for your home.


There are two types of draining solutions, the first is a sewer system. These are more common because they are funded by your local government. They are generally viewed as the easier way to go because they require no maintenance from the homeowner, and are less prone to clogs caused by non-flushable items.


  • They require less maintenance.
  • Less sensitive to clogs and back-ups.
  • Don’t require much thought.


  • They aren’t completely free. If the line between your home and the treatment facility has an issue, you could be required to pay for the maintenance.


The other drainage system is a septic tank. Less common and often overlooked, a septic tank is a more eco-friendly option. Unlike sewer systems, they don’t pump water to nearby treatment facilities, which means they are saving more energy. Instead, they treat the wastewater themselves, limiting the potential for leaks.


  • They are environmentally friendly
  • They keep you in check with what you put down the drain, as you are responsible for any repairs


  • They need to be pumped every few years
  • They are more sensitive to un-flushable materials

Call the Experts

Still not sure which system is right for you? No problem! John Manning Plumbing professionals are ready to answer any questions you may have about draining solutions. Schedule your appointment online today for top-notch septic pumping and repair services.