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If you are outside of a city, you most likely have a septic system that treats and disposes of your wastewater. If you’ve maintained your septic system, you will be able to keep it for approximately 20 – 30 years. If your septic system is aged for this amount of time and if you notice that it not working properly, or if the leach field is clogged, it is time to call a professional for an estimate on a repair or replacement.
It is important to know what is involved in installing a new septic system and how much it will cost. A thorough examination will be made by your certified septic installer to determine what parts of the system need replacing. Costs may vary widely depending on type of septic tank is installed, and if an enhanced or alternative system needs to be installed, and if a new leach field has to be prepared.
Septic tanks may be made of steel, concrete, or fiberglass. Concrete is used most frequently, and is in a medium price range. They are usually durable, but need regular inspection to be sure no cracking has taken place. Steel tanks are not recommended, as they corrode, and frequently need cover replacement. Fiberglass will not crack or rust, but the light weight of the tank means it can float or shift in the soil.
If you need a completely new system, including leach field, considerable excavation has to be done. This may affect the landscaping of your yard, and you may have to replace sod and plants after the system is complete. Keep in mind that the cost of labor may exceed the cost of the actual tank and equipment needed for the septic.
Remember that you get what you pay for. A complete system may cost somewhere between $15,000 to $50,000, but you will get a finished product that will last for years, maintain the value of your home, and meet your family’s needs.
To learn more, view our Septic Pumping Installation page here.
If it is time to get a professional to look at your system, contact Wind River Environmental for an evaluation. Or you can request our specialized service. As professional plumbers, they will give you the peace of mind that the ultimate in expertise and quality materials will go into your home.