One of the biggest questions homeowners have about installing a new septic system is how much is it going to cost?
Like any other significant home purchase, a quick internet search for septic system installation costs will no doubt produce a wide range of price estimates—anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000 for high-end systems—but ultimately it will depend on the location of your home and the type of septic system that is best for where you live.
WHAT DETERMINES THE COST OF A SEPTIC SYSTEM?
Assuming you want to install a conventional (or basic) septic system, several things will factor into the total cost. Among them are the main components of a septic system, including the tank itself, along with the pipes, risers and gravel for the drainfield. Also included in the price will be any permits the homeowner may need, as well as an initial soil test and design and installation costs.
YOU’RE BASICALLY INSTALLING A PERSONAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
For many homeowners, especially those in rural areas, this is a worthy investment. A septic system requires only regular maintenance and in return improves overall water efficiency in your household and saves you from having to pay high monthly water bills.
Having a home septic system also means once the waste and contaminants are treated in the tank and drainfield, fresh water is released back into the ground to nourish the soil and the surrounding plant life, making it an environmentally friendly choice for water treatment.
KEEPING UP WITH MAINTENANCE CAN SAVE YOU MORE OVER TIME
The thing to remember about septic systems is that once you pay the initial installation fee, routine care and maintenance are all you should need to worry about. If you are smart and service your system regularly, that initial cost will more than pay for itself over time—and actually end up saving you money.
However, ongoing maintenance is not just about having your tank inspected and pumped on a regular basis; it also means being smart about water conservation in the home and making sure only the right things end up getting flushed down the toilet or washed down the kitchen sink.
Be sure to follow these important tips to preserve the life of your septic system:
- Avoid overloading your system with too much water. Your tank needs time to separate sludge and scum from the water, so sending too much water through your pipes at once can result in solid waste getting into your drainfield pipes, clogging them up and creating pools of unsanitary standing water. Doing several back-to-back loads of laundry, for example, should be avoided.
- Your toilet or sink is not a trash can. Solids that cannot be broken down naturally in a septic tank can find their way into the drainage pipes and clog them. Avoid sending egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit skins and other food waste down the drain, and the same goes for paint, paint thinner, oil and grease, medications, feminine hygiene products, plastics and cat litter.
- Use septic-safe products and limit the use of chemicals. There are several brands of toilet paper, detergents, soaps and cleaners that proclaim they’re “septic safe” right on the label. Whenever possible, choose these products to keep your septic system functioning optimally.
TALK TO THE EXPERTS AT PARADISE SEPTIC FOR A FAIR AND HONEST PRICE
If you’re thinking about installing a septic system in your Arizona home, call Paradise Septic at (480) 351-1725 or send us a message to get started.
Our experienced technicians will spend time answering all of your questions about equipment, installation and permit costs so you can get a better idea of your investment. Then, once your septic system is installed, we will take care of routine maintenance so you can enjoy peace of mind for the life of your system.