If you've never had a home with a septic system, the thought of owning one can be intimidating. Are they a health threat? What happens if they fail? How much do they cost? If the house of your dreams has a septic system, don't rule it out until you've informed yourself about what septic systems are, the costs involved and how to maintain them.
What a Septic System Is
Septic systems are for homes which are not hooked up to municipal sewers. Most people associate them with rural living, but there are towns and even suburbs that rely on septic systems. As many as 25% of American households still depend on them.
If a home has no sewer to carry away waste, a local septic system is necessary.
Household sewage empties into an underground tank…