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Septic vs. Sewer

“Water” the Differences?

Paper or plastic? Chocolate or vanilla? Septic or sewer?

OK, so you might not get asked that last question quite as much. But if you’re selling or purchasing a new home, the plumbing will definitely come up in conversation. And with the recent addition of sanitary sewer lines in your area, you might be wondering if it’s a good idea to make the switch.

Blanton’s Air, Plumbing & Electric can answer any plumbing questions you have. We offer complete plumber services in Spring Lake and throughout our service area for homes and businesses. As your local plumbing experts, we can help you switch from septic to sewer if you so choose. But first, take a minute to understand the differences and how these two systems work.

Different Structure, Same Purpose

Sewer lines and septic tanks both do the same thing: transfer wastewater from your home. But their mechanisms and structures are different.

Sewer systems consist of underground pipes that transfer wastewater from your home. From there, the water is treated in a water treatment facility and then distributed back to local water supplies.

Septic tanks are private rather than public. The wastewater is stored in a holding tank underground beneath your property. Over time, the water is filtered out of the tank and into the drain field area.

Pros & Cons for Each

Choosing either sewer or septic depends on a number of different factors. Here are some of the pros and cons associated with each:



  • There’s no upkeep required—the government does it for you!
  • You’ll save money since you won’t have to pay to pump and regularly treat your tanks.
  • You won’t run the risk of a costly replacement. This is something that can happen with septic tanks.
  • You won’t have tanks or waste fields on your property.


  • You must pay to use the sewer system.
  • Sewer lines are less environmentally friendly than septic tanks.



  • They don’t add anything to your home’s utility bills.
  • They can be installed virtually anywhere.


  • They must be maintained by homeowners (adding chemicals to speed the breakdown of solids, pumping the system, etc.)
  • You must be more cognizant of what goes down your drains. Septic tanks are more sensitive to solid waste than sewer lines.

What’s Right for Me?

When you have the option between sewer or septic, remember that there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer. The right system will largely depend on your personal preferences. For instance, if you’d rather pay to have your system maintained instead of doing the work yourself, you’d fare better with the sewer lines. But if you’d rather take charge with your own system and not add anything to your utility bills, then it might be best to stick with septic.

Recently, there have been big changes in Fayetteville. New sewer lines give homeowners the option to either keep their septic tanks or make the switch. If you’d like to make your sewage system one less thing to worry about, our expert plumbers will be happy to connect you to your local sewer service. We also specialize in a wide range of sewer line services, including:

  • Sewer line repair
  • Sewer line replacement
  • Sewer and drain cleaning
  • Sewer camera inspections

Ready to get started? Contact us today to schedule an evaluation for your home.

Meet All Your Plumbing Needs With Blanton’s

Blanton’s hires the most experienced professionals to perform licensed plumber services in Aberdeen, NC, and throughout the Fayetteville area. Whether you want to discuss sewage options for your home or need other plumbing services, we’re the team customers trust with their plumbing.

To schedule an evaluation or to learn more about our plumbing services, call Blanton’s Air, Plumbing & Electric at (910) 822-2866 or connect with us online today.