What Is the Average Cost of Septic System Replacement?

September 30, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

Sometimes your old septic tank gives up the ghost. Perhaps you’re building a new home where city sewer lines won’t reach. Either way, one of the most common questions we’re asked concerns the average cost or price range involved in replacing or installing a septic system in Cleveland, TX.

Your costs will largely depend on what size septic tank you’ll be installing—the bigger it is, the more expensive and cumbersome it is to install. The national average cost to install a septic tank is $8,000 to $25,000, depending on size, and the average cost of replacement ranges from $3,000 to $7,000.

Here’s what to expect when you’re looking into septic system replacement.

Tank size and type

The tank size you get depends on how big your home is and what the estimated load might be. Most three- to four-bedroom homes have a 1,000-gallon tank, while five bedrooms or more usually require a 1,200- to 1,300-gallon tank. If you’re not sure what size to buy, ask your septic system installation provider what they recommend—chances are, you’re not going to generate enough waste to make a larger than 1,300-gallon tank worth the additional cost.

The type of tank you get will also factor into the cost—they come in plastic and concrete versions. Plastic is significantly cheaper, ranging from about $500 to $1,500, but it’s not as durable as concrete. Concrete tanks range from about $1,300 to $5,000.

Labor or excavation challenges

Your soil type, the tank location and other factors have an impact on your total price tag. For example, the bigger the tank, the more earth will have to be moved. If the site is obstructed by structures, driveways, roads or tree roots, they’ll need to be removed before proceeding. Finally, the soil type can contribute to the cost of your project. If you have extremely rocky or sandy soil, that will need to be appropriately dealt with before the tank can be installed.

Installation and other factors

Installation costs depend on how many days of labor it takes to install your tank—usually about two to three. If you’re removing an old tank and replacing it with a new one, you can expect to pay for the cost of removal and hauling away.

There are also certain challenges you may face during installation, such as needing to install a lift station. These are used when the drain field is higher than the tank, making it difficult to rely on gravity to treat your wastewater. Lift stations use a pump to start moving the water whenever it reaches a certain level, then pump it out into the drain field where it undergoes the final treatment process.

All in all, the average price of septic tank replacement or new installation in Cleveland, TX depends on what your property is like, but you can usually expect the costs to fall within the ranges above.

For all your septic system needs, call on Cleveland Septic. We’ve been serving area customers for over 20 years, and look forward to working on your project!

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