Septic systems are surprisingly common in southwest Florida. The systems give homeowners a way to safely and hygienically dispose of their waste, while also avoiding the monthly recurring cost of city sewers. Despite the savings, septic systems still aren’t free. We compiled a list of a few of the general costs associated with maintaining your septic tank.
Purchasing and installing a septic systems can cost anywhere from $1,500 – $15,000. The price varies based on the size of the system and the type of soil. Homes with more than two bathrooms will need a larger tank, which increases the material costs. They will also need a more expansive septic field, which takes more time to install.
On the other hand, the sandy southwest Florida soil drains the water well. This makes the cost comparatively less than other parts of the country. Although the initial expense seems overwhelming, it’s important to remember your initial cost includes soil testing, design, materials, and installation. As long as you trust your installation to a professional, you won’t have to worry about replacing for tank for up to 25 years.
As we talked about in an earlier blog post, maintaining your septic system is the easiest way to keep costs low. Failing to follow proper care instructions may result in costly blockages and failures. Many homeowners supplement their normal care routine with yearly inspections. These inspections vary by provider, but they can cost anywhere from $200 – $700.
During an inspection, you’ll discuss the history of your system and review the applicable permits with a septic professional. After those high-level reviews, the professional will inspect that tank, distribution box, drainfield, and the general household plumbing structure. The major points of concern during the inspection will be cracks, leaks, back-ups, and filters, as well as soil quality and mechanical equipment. The thorough inspection may seem expensive, but it could save you from a costly leak or back-up.
Cleaning & Maintenance Costs
The most common costs associated with a septic system is the pumping. Septic systems should be pumped by a professional every 1 – 3 years. If you just moved into the home, consult a professional to determine how often your tank needs to be pumped. It’s always important to error on the side of safety. Pumping usually costs a couple hundred dollars, but it can vary depending on the size of the tank.
Keep Costs Low with Attentive Care
Proper care is the easiest way to minimize the costs of a septic system. Outside the home, keep the drain field clear of shrubs and trees to prevent damage. Also, take a few minutes every week to walk the field and look for any major issues. Inside the home, use less water and be careful what you dump down your system. If you’re wondering what can damage your system, we wrote an entire blog dedicated to proper system care.
Many homeowners wonder if they can receive some kind of tax credit for installing a septic system. Although you can receive a credit for major adding major improvements to your home, a septic tank is not included on the list.
Cost Questions? Contact an Expert!
Septic systems aren’t like going to a retailer to find a set price. In the septic service, prices and costs vary greatly depending on your needs. For concrete prices and professional tips, contact a a septic professional today.