Tips & Advice
How much does a septic tank inspection cost?
It typically costs $250-$350 for a septic tank inspection. Inspectors will check the sludge level of the tank, which shouldn't exceed more than one-third of the tank's total volume. They'll also check to see if any liquid waste has leaked into the ground, which can create unhygienic conditions.
How many years does a septic system usually last?
Septic systems usually lasts 25-30 years. Help your septic system live a long and healthy life by having the tank pumped on a regular basis. The frequency with which the tank needs to be pumped will depend on its size, and the number of people living in the home.
What are the various types of septic tanks?
- Some of the main types of septic tanks on the market include:
- Gravity system -- relies on gravity to move waste though the septic tank and into the drainfield
- Pressure distribution system -- has a pump to move waste
- Aerobic treatment unit -- uses oxygen to break down solids
What type of toilet paper is safe for septic systems?
Many types of toilet paper are safe for septic systems, but your system will fare best with toilet paper that is designed to dissolve rapidly, which is less likely to cause clogs and back up septic lines. Avoid toilet paper with additives like lotions, since they can be hard on your septic tank.
How much does it cost to install a new septic system?
It can cost $1,700-$4,000 or more to install a new septic system. These figures include both the cost of the septic tank and the cost of the gravel, stone, fill dirt, and topsoil needed to get the tank properly set up. Sometimes the only component that needs to be replaced is the filter, which can cost $200-$300.
How much does it cost to empty a septic tank?
On average, it costs $400 to empty a septic tank, but this figure can range from a low of $200 to a high of $900. Slow-running toilets and odors in the home are both signs that your septic tank needs to be cleared. Emptying the tank on a regular basis will help prevent costly repairs to the system.
How do you keep a septic tank healthy?
There are a few things you can do to keep your septic tank healthy. Be mindful of what you flush down the toilet; never flush products that are slow to disintegrate, such as condoms, tampons, paper towels, disposable diapers, cooking fats, facial tissues, and cigarette butts. Also avoid placing strong chemicals, such as drain cleaners and paint, down drains and toilets. Use enzyme treatments on a regular basis to maintain good levels of beneficial bacteria in your septic system, and have your system inspected every three years.