We wish septic systems would last forever. At Maznek Septic Services, we do everything we can to extend the life of a septic system – from our three-point pumping inspection, meticulous cleaning of the tank and pump chambers, installation of effluent strainers and leach field rejuvenation. If it’s possible to save the system, we do it! But ultimately, the drainage field will reach its capacity and fail.
Educating our customers is key. Not only for best maintenance and septic care practices that help to extend the life of their septic system, but also to be able to recognize the signs of a system in trouble. We can avoid a septic emergency by proactively beginning the septic design process before the system backs up. This saves potential sewage cleanup and insurance company red tape. If a septic system fails, we would have to continuously pump out the tank until the new leach field is completed.
Two questions. When confronted with the prospect of installing a new septic system, the two questions we are most commonly asked are:
- How long will my septic system last?
- How much will a new septic system cost?
Neither of which we can answer exactly!
Generally speaking, however, a stone-and-pipe drain field should last an average of 35-40 years – assuming normal use. Overloading any system with too much water and chemicals, or not pumping the tank regularly will cause it to fail sooner.
New septic installations can cost anywhere from $8,000-$30,000, depending on the size and type of system. The septic tank may not need to be replaced if it is still in good shape and sized properly for the home. Using the old tank can save installation costs on a new system. Gravity-fed, stone-and-pipe systems have a larger footprint and tend to cost more than other types of systems; however, stone and pipe last longer than an elevated leach field or chamber-type system.
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