You may be wondering “what is the cost of a septic system?” If you are, chances are your septic system is acting up. Your septic system is an integral part of your home. When your septic system fails, you will need to consider replacing it.
When to decide to replace your septic system
When you are having septic system issues, you will know it. More often than not, you will notice something is wrong before total failure. Some common signs of a failing septic system include:
- Strong, smelly odor
- Blocked pipes and/ or sewer backup
- Moist and mushy leach field
- Gurgling toilets
- Slow draining tubs, sinks and toilets
Sometimes, a smart repair could be all you need. If you have sewage in your home, clean it up cautiously as to not get you or your family sick. If your leach field is soggy, make sure to keep children and pets away from it. If you think your leach field is failing, you may need to call a professional septic pumper, and ask for suggestions. If your leach field totally fails, you may have to abandon it, and build a new one. Replacing your entire septic system could be very costly, sometimes reaching upwards of $5000.
The cost of replacing your septic system
On average, replacing a septic system can range from $6000 to $50,000, and that is including financing. When you are deciding or you have to replace your system you have to take into consideration the cost of the tank, the interest on the loan, labor costs, and landscaping, the price can climb dramatically, and fast.
Some of the septic system costs:
The costs involved in a total septic system replacement can be quite overwhelming. Do some research, and figure out what your budget is. This is not something you would want to cut corners on.
- Average tank installation – $2,700 to $8,000
- Septic tank – $600 to $1,000
- Anaerobic system – $2,000 to $5,000
- Aerobic system – $10,000 to $20,000
- House and gallon tank size – $600 to $3,900
- Preparation and excavation – $1,200 to $4,500
- Building permit – $400 to $2,500 (usually around $1,000 or less)
- Drain/ leach field $2,000 to $10,000
- Baffle replacement – $300 to $500
- Tank pump – $800 to $1,400
- Tank lid replacement – $30 to $70
- The cost of a new tank will depend on the type of material used to make the tank
- Labor cost & hiring a professional – $1,500 to $4,000
Make your budget well within your range. As the price may be overpowering you may have to take out a loan to make sure your system will last as long as intended.
Age of the system
You may need to replace your septic system, not because of failure, but age may also pay a factor. Most steel tanks can last anywhere from 20-30 years, and usually deteriorate due to environmental factors. Plastic tanks last a little longer, with their average lifespan of 30-40 years. The best option would be concrete tanks, which can last 40 years or more. Depending on which type of tank you choose also means a higher price tag.