If you have decided to install a septic system to handle your home's wastewater, it's important that you understand the costs and the factors that affect those costs. When you have a thorough understanding of the installation process and associated expenses, you can better prepare and budget for not only the planned installation but also any unexpected surprises. Here's a look at some of the things that may affect the cost of your septic system installation.
Your Soil Composition
Before installing a septic system, your contractors need to test the soil on your property. If you are considering a drain field, the composition of the soil will dictate whether or not your property can actually handle the drainage and filtration. There may be extensive amendments required to the property structure to ensure proper operation. The less modification your property requires, the lower your installation costs will be.
The Location Of Your Septic Tank
Another important factor is the actual location where the tank will go. Depending on the slope of your property for the gravity-boosted drain lines, your installation contractors will have to identify the best installation location for your septic tank. If the best place for your tank is harder to access or requires more extensive modification for the installation, you can expect your installation costs to reflect that extra work. Whenever possible, make sure that you have clear pathways to any area where the installation contractors will need to work.
The Size Of The Tank You Install
The tank you need is a contributing factor to the installation costs as well. The larger the septic tank you install, the more work is required. There is additional excavation and preparation, which often means more man-hours for the installation work as well. This is typically reflected in your installation estimate. Make sure you choose a tank that is properly sized for your property and your needs because, in this case, bigger is not always better.
The Type Of Tank You Choose
Septic tanks come in a few different styles, including concrete-lined tanks, plastic-structured tanks, and even some steel tanks. Plastic tanks often need anchor straps to prevent them from rising when severe storms raise the water table. Consider the material costs and any additional interventions when you choose the tank that's right for your home.
These are some of the key considerations that affect the cost of your septic system installation. Contact a local installation service, such as Lamar A-1 Septic Service Inc., to learn more.