The cost of installing a Septic system will depend on several variables: the location of the property, its accessibility, the lie of the land, and the number of bed rooms, bathrooms etc. Regulations determine the size of septic system dependent on the number of bedrooms – so a 5 bedroom home requires a much larger system than a 2 bedroom home, even if only 2 people are living in the property – the septic system will be sized to handle the largest number of inhabitants! The type of system to be installed will also figure substantially into the overall cost.
While it might be physically possible to install a septic system yourself and, in doing so, save some money: septic system must be installed by a licensed professional. So unless you are licensed to install septic system, you do need to hire a licensed septic system contractor. To function faultlessly for decades septic system need to be properly installed, using a licensed professional will ensure that your septic system will run smoothly for decades.
The septic tank and system alone may cost as little as $1,500 or upward of $4000 – depending on the size and type. Let us consider some of the parameters and variables that effect the total cost of installing a septic system.
1. Types of Septic System
The largest component of a septic system is the holding tank. There are two types of holding tanks – concrete and steel, each have advantages and disadvantages. Concrete tanks are the most common and the least expensive – however – and there is always a however, these tanks are susceptible to cracking. Making sure a concrete tank is properly installed is crucial: it must be level, sitting on a foundation of sand, at a sufficient depth not to be effected by frost heaves, and regularly inspected and emptied. With proper installation, and maintenance a concrete holding tank will last at least 40 years.
Steel tanks are durable and will not crack but they will rust, the soil conditions and quality of the steel will determine how long the tank will last before it fails due to rust. It is essential to make sure that a steel septic holding tank is inspected annually especially after 5 years.
There are fiberglass and plastic tanks available, but, again are thwart with problems. Both Fiberglass and plastic holding tanks are susceptible to structural damage, they can become brittle and loose their integrity, causing the tank to fail. Again maintenance and annual inspections are crucial.
2. Size, Preparation and landscaping Costs
The largest portion of the cost to install a septic tank/system is the installation of the tank and system itself. The cost of the system will depend largely on the size of the tank, and like wise the cost of the installation will depend on the size of the septic system. The bigger the tank the more earth to excavate before hand and possibly the more involved the foundation prep will need to be! Where the tank is located on the property and whether it is a new installation or a replacement will determine how much landscaping needs to be done after the installation is finished.
3. Labour Cost
Installing a septic tank and system is complicated: hiring a licensed professional septic system contractor will not be inexpensive, But the advantage is peace of mind knowing that the system will be correctly installed. The septic system installation contractor should be on site for all inspections, and tests and they should pull all the necessary permits.
If you would like to know how much a septic system will be for your project: Contact J Mahota Construction, licensed septic system installers in Oxford and Worcester, Massachusetts. J Mahota Construction have been installing septic system for many years, they understand, completely, the unique characteristics of installing a septic system, they know the topography of the land in towns around Oxford and provide accurate competitive pricing.