Septic Tank Installation & Repair
There are many things that homeowners and DIYers alike can do to their homes today. A septic tank is definitely not something that even the most knowledgeable DIY homeowner should tackle. Septic tanks need to be installed by a professional contractor who can ensure it is set up properly, In order to break down organic waste from the home in the correct place and process.
There are two main parts of a septic system, the tank and the drain field (often called a leech field). If a septic tank is installed incorrectly, it could cost thousands of dollars in repairs and damage to your property. It is best to leave septic tank installation to the highly trained person so you can have peace of mind and keep money in your pocket.
How much does it cost to have a septic tank installed?
How Do I Know If I Need to Replace My Septic Tank?
Your nose can tell you when it’s time to replace your septic tank, but wouldn’t you rather know before you notice a sickening stench? Septic tanks do give some rather subtle signs of needing replacement. Recognizing the signs can save you time, money and some very unpleasant homeowner experiences.
Does the grass and vegetation around your septic tank look green and lush?
If you answer yes, then chances are good that the contents of your septic tank are seeping into the ground. Human waste is, after all, an excellent fertilizer.
Are there puddles around the septic tank?
We don’t mean puddles from recent rain. If you notice standing water around your septic tank, the tank is most likely not draining into the leaching material and it’s backing up. Avoid the water at all costs, and call a sewer system specialist at Henson Septic Services today.
Are your drains and toilets running slow or backing up?
Slow drains and backups inside your house can be a sign of problems anywhere along with the sewer system, including your septic tank. Don’t call a regular plumber. You need someone who specializes in sewer systems and can properly fix the problem the first time.
Choosing the Right Septic Tank for Your Home
Our technicians inspect every part of your sewer system — from the drains and toilets inside your home to the tank and drain field. We understand the signs of a failing septic tank, and we recommend a replacement that is right for your home and budget.
Sizes and Types of Residential Septic Tanks
Your septic tank needs to be sized for your home. Standard sizes range from 750 gallons to 1,500 gallons. In general, septic tanks are selected based on the maximum number of people that are expected to occupy the home, which is typically based on the number of bedrooms.
- 4 people to a 2-bedroom home
- 6 people to a 3-bedroom home
- 8 people to a 4-bedroom home
If your home has a properly sized septic tank, the tank should manage waste from
- Laundry room
- Kitchen, including garbage disposal
The septic tank is not designed to manage wastewater from water softening systems and drainage from the roof or footing.
Another consideration for septic tank replacement is the type of septic tank for your home.
- Concrete septic tanks are one of the most durable options. The reliability of these tanks, though, relies heavily on the quality of the concrete and proper forming of the tank. Cracks are common, even with high-quality concrete tanks.
- Believe it or not, steel septic is on the low end of durability when it comes to septic tanks. The life expectancy of a steel tank is up to 25 years, but many fail sooner due to rust.
- Plastic septic tanks do not crack like steel and concrete septic tanks. Plastic does weigh less, though, so these tanks can be damaged by the weight of surrounding soil and structures.
- For a high-efficiency septic tank, we recommend an aerobic septic tank. The tanks use electricity and generate higher levels of oxygen inside the tank to expedite waste processing. Although more efficient, aerobic tanks do require more maintenance than other types of tanks.
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What is involved in the septic tank pumping process?
When we arrive at your home, we will locate the septic tank. Next, we will dig up both of the access lids to the tank and make sure the septic is coming in from the house properly and that your field lines are taking water properly. If everything is in good condition, we will cover the tank back up. However, sometimes depending on the conditions of the system, we will go ahead and pump out the septic tank. We will let the customer know if this needs to be done before we do it. We will also complete an inspection while we are there. We will send the official inspection letter through email within 1-2 days.
How do I know if my home has a septic tank? Or How do I find out where my septic tank is located?
Often, when we come to your home, we can locate and find the septic tank right away using a probe rod. If we are unable to locate the septic tank with a probe rod, we also have a septic tank locator. This is a great tool that most septic companies do not have. Unfortunately, when the septic system is having issues and backing up in the house, we will not be able to use the locator and the homeowner will need to call the county’s environmental health department. They will give you a drawing of the where the septic tank location is. This is only done when we are unable to locate a tank using all the other resources. We do not charge any additional fees for any of this.
How frequently should you pump out a septic tank?
It is best to have your septic tank pumped out every 3-5 years. Over the course of years, the consistent flow of water from your home to your drain field can be a lot. Eventually, over time your drain lines can become oversaturated from a constant flow of water. This results in drain line failure. Pumping your septic system regularly gives the system a break from all the water that is constantly being used in the home. Septic drain line repair can be very expensive. If your septic tank has not been pumped out regularly, it is almost guaranteed that this will happen. Preventative maintenance is key.
How much does it cost to install a septic system and what do I need to do to get this done?
The first question most homeowners ask when installing a septic system is, “How much does it cost?” The answer to this can all depend on what materials are needed, what type of work and how much time it involves, and if there are any other unforeseen issues that arise. This can vary depending on the layout of the land, soil type, and size of the home.
The first thing that a homeowner needs to do is to call the county’s environmental health department. They will be able to tell you where the septic tank and septic system will need to be installed. They will also issue you a permit and set up a date and time to come to your home and complete a soil sample. This will determine what size septic tank and how many feet of drain line will need to be installed for the septic system.
Most homes will need to have 1,000-gallon septic tanks. Bigger homes will need to have 1,500-gallon septic tanks. The county’s environmental health department will determine this on the day they complete the soil sample. As soon as the soil sample is complete, we can give a more accurate estimate of the septic system installation. Usually, we can be at your home within a week to start the installation. On average, it will take 1-2 days to complete. After the septic tank installation has been completed, the county’s environmental health inspector will complete a final inspection on the septic system. After they inspect the septic system, your septic tank will be ready to go!