Many people who buy homes with septic systems, or who build homes and want to install a septic
system, have a lot of inquiries on how septic systems work, the installation process, and things such as
cost and maintenance. Here are some frequently asked questions about septic systems that many
people may or may not know.
What is a septic system? A septic system is a system that consists of a tank and a field that stores and
treats sewage from your home before it is released back into your local water table.
Where is my septic tank located? Septic tanks openings are typically several feet under the ground. This
protects the system from any issues from mother nature or any man-made error when maneuvering
How often should I clean my septic tank? Since septic tank openings are underground, it is best to have
a licensed professional clean out your septic system. If you are not aware of where your septic system is
located, you can look at your house plans, or buyers information, and it should be listed there. Once it is
located, professional will dig underground and perform a maintenance cleaning. Depending on how
much waste water your home uses will depend on how often you should have your system cleaned.
Typically, the time frame for cleanings is every one to three years.
Why should I have maintenance done to my septic system? Just like with anything else, septic tanks
need upkeep and cleaning. Think of all the waste water your household uses. The toilet, the shower, the
water you use to cook that goes down the drain. This water is full of germs and possibly bugs that could
accumulate at the bottom of your septic tank and spread back into your water systems. It could also
increase your water bill.
How much does a new septic tank cost? A good system is crucial to your home functioning properly and
maintaining sanitary practices. In this instance, you definitely get what you pay for. A septic system is an
investment for your property. Systems can range anywhere from $3,000-$7,000 depending on where
you live, what the cost of living is, and how your land is formatted. There are heavy equipment
necessities when installing a septic system, so keep in mind when getting a quote that those fees should
be included with the company that you use for your install!
Hopefully this article helped answer some of your basic questions to owning and operating a septic tank
system. Please remember that these systems are to be taken seriously and only installed and operated
on by a professional in their field.