4 Septic System Installation Facts You Should Know

Posted on: 22 June 2021

Are you thinking of installing a septic system? It is a smart decision because a septic system has its advantages, including water efficiency and environmental sustainability. There is a mistaken belief that installing a septic system is costly. But the costs you incur upfront are paid back in a few years of use. At the end of the septic system's service, you will recoup this cost several times over the savings you incur. Here are a few things you should know about a septic system installation that will affect the cost. 

1. Septic Tank Size 

The septic system takes all wastewater from the house, including bathroom and kitchen wastewater. All water from your toilets, showers, bathtubs, dishwasher, and laundry machine ends up in the septic tank. 

You must account for the number of people in the house. Installing a septic size that has inadequate capacity means you will need to pump it frequently, which raises maintenance costs. Installing an outsized capacity will cost you more upfront. The trick is getting the estimate right. You can talk to the septic services about your needs, and they will make a recommendation. 

2. Septic Tank Location

Do you want an above-ground or underground tank? Most people opt for an underground septic installation because it saves space and does not interfere with the landscaping. But you have to account for costs for digging the hole and construction for the tank's base. 

An above-ground tank is easier to install since there are no elaborate preparations and digging. But above-ground tanks come in small sizes. You will need to pump out more frequently, incurring higher maintenance costs. 

3. Septic Tank Material 

Septic tanks are made from concrete, plastic, or fiberglass. These materials have different lifespans. Fiberglass lasts longest, followed by concrete and then plastic. The cost also follows in the same order. You should at the number of years you expect to use the septic system when picking the septic tank material you want.

4. Labor Costs 

The size, location, and septic material determine the cost of labor for your septic system installation. An above-ground plastic tank is easy to install, probably in one working day when a professional septic service is on the job. An underground concrete tank needs more work, demands higher technical expertise, and uses heavy-lifting equipment. It will take a few days to a week, making the labor higher than plastic or fiberglass septic installations.

Are you concerned about the costs of septic system installation? Talk to septic services for expert advice on how to manage the costs.