One of the biggest disadvantages of septic systems is that they do not come in standard sizes and prices. You cannot just walk into a shop, point to one and say, “I will take that one. How much for it?” Rather you have the difficult task of doing a bit of research and then coming to an estimate of the price that you would have to pay for septic system. Further, the estimate may not be accurate and you may have pay additional money. Here we give you a handy guide on what all the factors are that you should consider when deciding on a new septic system cost.
Septic system cost varies depending on a number of different factors, such as, the area where you live, the type and quality of the septic system that you want installed, the material costs, not only of the septic system, but the fees applicable in your area, and finally the labor charges of the company that will actually install the septic system for you. Regional differences in cost are one of the largest factors in price variation in an installation. In some states and regions of the US you can get a septic system installed for $3,000- $5,000, but in other regions it will cost much more. For example, one of my friends in Massachusetts had to pay close to $15,000 for his!
Another factor is the material used in the construction of the septic tank. Tanks made of concrete are cheaper than ones made out of high-density polyethylene. However, the disadvantage is that concrete tanks do not last as long. Aerobic septic systems cost even more because they requireseptic tank alarms and sometimes lift-pumps.
New Septic System Cost EstimatesOne of the very first actual costs will be the official permits that you will need. You will have to pay for permits to be allowed to install the septic tank. Calling your local Town Hall and inquiring about that should provide you with an idea about the fees involved.
You should start off by asking your friends and neighbors about the price that they had to pay for their septic systems. Ask them about the companies that they used, the quality of the service and construction that those companies provided. One of the other most important sources is your local realtors. They are in the business and have an idea about the prices that companies charge to install various fixtures, including septic tanks. They often have to install septic tanks in houses before re-selling them; they are your best bet for professional and non-partisan advice.
Maintenance Costs of a New Septic SystemTypical costs for the annual maintenance of septic systems, the drain field and of mound septic systems range from $30 to $500. Depending on your location, $500 may not even be the upper end of the range. Usually costs are this high only if you must replace pumps and other fittings, which itself happens only once every few years or decades. The standard gravity-fed tank and trench systems generally need to be inspected and pumped every 1-3 years. The normal septic tank pumping cost is about $75-$350. For septic systems with sand and peat filters or with wetlands construction, the annual costs range between $50 and $1,700, depending on the monitoring requirements and discharge methods.
A typical septic system lasts for decades, on average about 20-40 years. Throughout this time, some will need their pumps and other fixtures replaced and/or repaired. New septic system costs can vary greatly. The maintenance costs of a septic tank are dependant not only the tank itself, but also on the care and educated management with which it is treated. A new home owner should educate themselves on the proper care of a septic system in order to benefit from the least expensive and most trouble-free system possible.