Septic systems are used for wastewater more often than you may realize. More than 21 million American households use septic to deal with their wastewater. These systems are frequently used in areas where sewer access is unavailable. If you are in the process of installing a septic system or are moving into a home with a septic system already in place, there are a few things that you should know about septic systems.
How Much They Cost
The first thing that you should know is how much these systems cost. The cost of a septic system will vary depending on the size of the septic tank, the difficulty of installation, and the size of the drain field. On average, the cost of a new septic system installation ranges between $3,100 and $9,412. There are a few options that are more expensive than others when it comes to septic system installation. Anaerobic septic systems are less costly than aerobic septic systems. Also, the larger your septic tank, the higher the cost of the system.
How Long Installation Takes
If you are having a new septic system installed, there are a few things that will impact the installation time. If a septic system is being installed for the first time, the area will need to be excavated. This can add additional time to the process. If replacing an existing septic system, the old tank and equipment will need to be removed. Weather, inspections, and how long it takes to get permits will all have an impact on the length of the installation process. Typically septic installation takes between two and five days on average.
How Long They Last
Another thing that you should know about septic systems is that they, on average, last between 20 and 30 years. However, for you to get the most out of your system, regular maintenance is required. Septic tank pumping is one maintenance task that should be done every one to three years. This costs, on average, between $285 and $516. Other things that you can to lengthen the lifespan of your septic system is to avoid flushing anything that's not toilet paper, avoid planting trees and shrubs near or on top of the system, and avoid parking cars or heavy machinery above your septic tank.
When it comes to septic system installation, there are a few things that you should know. First, knowing how much a septic system will cost is the first step. Costs will vary depending on the type of septic system you choose and also how much wastewater you will produce. Installation time ranges, on average, between two and five days. Knowing how long your system is expected to last is also important. With maintenance, your septic system will last between 20 and 30 years before replacement is needed.