What To Know About Septic Systems


If your home has a septic system or you are considering installing one, there are a few things that you should be aware of. Septic systems are more common than you may realize. More than one in five households in the US use septic systems to treat the water that goes to their home. Septic systems are a great option in areas where there is no sewer access. Here are three things that you should know when it comes to septic systems.

How Much They Cost

The first thing that you should be aware of when it comes to septic systems is that costs will vary significantly depending on the system you choose and your household needs. Larger homes that use more water will require larger septic tanks. On average you can expect to pay somewhere between $3,079 and $9,179 for a septic system to be installed. Anaerobic septic systems are less expensive than aerobic septic systems. An anaerobic system will typically cost between $2,000 and $5,000 while aerobic systems range in price between $10,000 and $20,000.

Maintenance Is a Must

Another thing to be aware of when it comes to septic systems is that regular maintenance is a must. Septic tanks must be cleaned out every few years in order for them to continue working properly. This process is referred to as septic pumping and can range in price depending on the size of the tank and how often it is used. On average, septic pumping costs between $75 and $200 for an average-sized septic tank and between $200 and $350 or more for larger septic tanks. Depending on the septic tank and the amount of use it gets, septic pumping should be done every one to three years.

Lifespan Can Vary

If you have a septic system or are planning to put one into place, it's important to also consider its lifespan. A tank's lifespan can vary depending on the type of system used, how often it is used, and how well it is maintained. The average life expectancy of a septic system is between 25 and 30 years. Proper maintenance and regular septic pumping are key for keeping your system going for as long as possible. Once your system has been in place for a couple of decades, you may want to start preparing to replace it.

When it comes to septic systems, there are a few things that you should know. First, knowing how much they cost is key if you are planning on replacing your system or installing one. Maintenance is key for these systems, and septic pumping should be done every one to three years. The lifespan of these systems can vary but most last between 25 and 30 years with proper care and maintenance. 


6 June 2019

Building Septic Tanks on New Properties: Tips, Facts and Ideas

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Heather, and a few years ago, my partner and I got a very cheap property up in the mountains practically in the middle of nowhere. I knew we had to build, but there were many elements that I overlooked. I never even considered the idea that we wouldn't be connected to a town sewer system for example. However, I learned quickly as we built our septic tank. Through the process, I also researched a lot of alternatives to ensure we got the perfect septic system for our needs. If you are building on a new property and you don't have the option of sewer, this blog has everything you need to know about septic systems. I truly love to help others, and I hope these posts help you.