Septic systems are used primarily in rural areas where public sewer systems are not available. People living in the rural area know all too well the importance of a septic system. A septic system is an efficient means of disposing of household waste discharges from the toilets, baths, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. The septic system needs proper and regular maintenance, they need to be pumped out at least once a year, depending on the tank size and the number of occupants in the house. Thought taken for granted in the city they are an indispensable part of the drainage system in the rural areas.
Below are 5 important factors that are worth considering if you are looking for septic tank cost for both replacement of an old tank or for new installation.
1. The Size of the Septic Tank
The size of the septic tank will have a direct effect on its cost. Obviously, the bigger tanks cost more than the smaller ones. When choosing your tank size it is important to remember that household waste not only from the toilets and bathrooms but also from the dishwashers and washing machines will go into it. So, it is imperative that a tank of adequate capacity is fitted. Also, consider buying tanks of reputed brands as a poorly designed septic tank may cause immature breakdowns and overflow.
For instance, if the septic tank is too small, you will learn that the tank requires frequent pump outs and this will push the maintenance cost up. On the other hand, a large tank will relatively cost more not only for the product but also in its installation. Additionally, larger tanks are normally installed below ground so it can limit your options.
Generally, most medium / large cost between £650 and £1,200, though other factors may push the price up.
2. Installation Location
There are two options- above ground and below ground installation. Above ground septic tanks are usually cheaper and are more suited for smaller systems. They are also cheaper to install. Yet, these tanks need to be emptied more frequently than the below ground tanks, especially if they are not paired with a leaching field. This can drive up the overall expense of the system over the tank’s lifetime.
On the other hand, a below ground septic tank is, well, installed underground. These systems are not cheap, especially considering their installation costs. You would have to dig a hole large enough to fit the tank in and prepare its footing. However, you may have no other option than to use a below ground tank due to the scarcity of available surface area in case of…