If your home isn’t connected to a local sewer plant, chances are you have a septic system to dispose of your wastewater. The underground septic tank and the soil absorption equipment are the two main elements of this type of system. The average homeowner has a difficult time at predicting the installation costs of such septic tanks. All they know is that they need one, in order to collect, treat and dispose of their wastewater. If you are in this situation, the first thing you should do is to get in touch with an expert who can help you choose the best type of system for your home, and estimate the costs of the installation project.
The costs for septic tank installation can run anywhere from $2,500 and $8,000 most households. Of course there are many factors to consider like the size of the home serviced and available lot size, etc. The average costs being somewhere around $4,800. The total price is usually influenced by the type of tank you’re going to choose, as well as by the hourly rates of your professional.
Septic tank installation is needed when starting a new system or when replacing an old system that is damaged beyond repair. Many people think this is as simple as digging a hole and putting the tank in the ground, but there are actually many factors to consider before completing the installation.
What’s Involved in a Septic Tank Installation?
The first step is determining the size and type of system that you’ll need. We often hear about people who are frustrated that their system needs to be cleaned too frequently, and this is usually due to having a large family in residence, using a tank that only has the capacity for only a few people.
Concrete tanks are the most popular type of septic tanks. They installation costs are somewhere around the average. Concrete tanks may develop cracks or separation, but they usually last for at least twenty years. If you choose this type of tank, you need to make sure you inspect it manually at regular intervals, in order to detect all problems in their early stages, when they are easier to fix.
Steel septic tanks have a very short lifespan, hence their lack of popularity. The covers of these tanks are exposed to corrosion, which can cause the accidental falling inside of and this may go undetected for some time. You can replace the cover without having to change the tank, you should take this into consideration when you make your choice. If you want to move into a home that already has an old steel tank installed, you should inspect it thoroughly.
Tanks made from fiberglass or plastic aren’t that vulnerable to cracks and corrosion. However, due to their very low specific weight, they are prone to structural damage or to shifting in the soil.
The size is one of the major elements that influence the septic tank installation cost. The larger the tank, the more digging and preparations required, therefore the costs are going to be larger. This type of project requires excavation works that may have an impact on the landscaping. You have to keep in mind you may need to redo your landscaping once the installation in done.
The second step is choosing the ideal location for the tank. Site conditions usually dictate the best place to place it, but there are other things to consider as well. Remember, the area above the tank should be kept open for easy access. Your tank will need maintenance over its lifetime, especially routine cleanings.
The final steps are actually installing the tank and implementing a maintenance plan. The number one cause of septic system failure is a lack of regular cleaning. Some people think that septic tanks are essentially on ‘autopilot’. In reality, there is regular care that you should be doing throughout the year, and full cleanings should occur at least once every 2 to 3 years.
Other Considerations During a Septic Tank Installation:
Environmental and City/County Requirements:
Depending on the location and on the amount of work required for the installation, you will likely need to obtain a permit or certification. This is going to add to the total cost to install a septic tank, but it should give you the peace of mind that everything is going to be done according to the code. Your septic professionals can help you through the process.
Labor is most often the most expensive aspect if the installation. In addition, hiring a professional to help you is going to add to your costs, but this is an absolute must, in order to ensure a proper installation. Septic tank installation is a complex project, which may cause you a lot of trouble and additional costs if improperly done.
As a general rule, the cost to install a septic tank is going to be heavily influenced by the professional you choose, and by the size of the tank. It’s a good idea to talk with at least three septic system installation contractors before making your final choice.
Failing to properly plan a septic tank installation is actually one of the main causes of future expenses. Site selection, tank size, and the overall design of the system can play large roles in your overall satisfaction. This is why it’s important to work with a proven professional who has experience with septic tank installations. If you’re considering a new system, give Superior Septic Pros a call to learn more about how working with us will benefit you.
Benefits of Proper Septic Tank Installation:
Lower maintenance costs
Less problems and system malfunctions
Getting a new septic system can seem like an overwhelming endeavor, but it really doesn’t have to be. To get the process started, simply give us a call. We’re committed to making this process as easy as possible for our customers and will make sure you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing the job was done well.
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