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3 Factors That Impact The Cost Of Installing A New Septic Tank

by Charlie Clarke

If your septic tank is reaching the end of its life and it is time to replace your septic tank, you might be considering plumbing services and the variety of different factors that can impact the cost of a new septic tank. The type of tank you choose, the parts of the system that need to be replaced, the amount of preparation that needs to be done, and the cost of building permits are all factors that can impact the overall cost of your septic tank.

Type Of Septic System

There are two main types of septic tank systems: an anaerobic system or an aerobic system.

Anaerobic systems are the more straightforward and the less expensive of the two types of septic systems. Anaerobic systems consist of a simple set-up, with drainage pipes going into the tank and then additional pipes leading to the drainage field. Anaerobic systems depend upon anaerobic bacteria to break up the waste that is fed into your system.

Aerobic systems are considerably more expensive than anaerobic systems. Aerobic systems use aerobic bacteria, which needs oxygen to survive, to break down your waste. That means air has to be pumped into the septic tank in order for the bacteria to be able to do its job. The presence of an air pump and the set-up that it involves is the reason aerobic systems cost more than anaerobic systems do.

Parts That Need To Be Installed

Sometimes when your septic system needs to be replaced, only one part really needs to be replaced. Replacing a baffle will only run you a few hundred dollars, and replacing a tank pump usually caps out at around a thousand dollars. Where it gets expensive is if you need an entirely new tank installed, or if you need to have a new drainage field installed.

Prep Work

The cost of prep work for putting in a new system can really vary widely and is very much situation dependent. Putting in a new septic tank requires excavation. In a flat yard with only grass in the way, that can be a really simple job. In an area where numerous plants and shrubs have to be removed, the cost of the prep work starts to increase.

Additionally, factors such as the density and type of soil, as well as the type of terrain, can greatly influence the price, too. Sometimes when you use the same company for the prep work and the installation, they will give you a deal on the prep work pricing.

Building Permits

Finally, you more than likely are going to need to get a building permit before putting in a new septic system. Your local building contractor or building office should be able to let you know the cost of a permit for installing a new septic tank.

If you need to replace your septic tank, there are a variety of factors that can impact the overall price of the job. The type of septic tank that you install, the parts that need to be replaced, the overall amount of prep work required, and the necessary building permits will all impact the overall price that you will pay to replace your septic tank.  

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