Septic System Cost: Budgeting for the Install & Care of Your Unit

If you’re accustomed to having municipal sewer lines, septic system cost may be a concern of yours during a move. You’ll likely find that the rates are comparable to Rochester’s sewer rates over the lifetime of the unit (or perhaps even less with the recent hikes in price), but you’ll be responsible for the upfront expenses, as well as for maintaining it. At Septic Tank Pros Rochester NY, our partner technicians handle every aspect of this with precision and dedication, to ensure you get the longest life possible from your unit. If you need estimates for a specific unit or type of unit, please contact us so they can provide the most accurate and current information for your situation. We have also compiled this guide, to help you better understand what septic system costs you may accrue over the years you own your unit.

Septic System Cost: Design and Installation

The biggest expense you’ll face with your unit are the upfront costs of installation. This includes things like assessing the site for feasibility, designing the system to function well in that environment, getting permits, and paying the actual cost of materials and labor. An average unit designed to serve a family generally runs somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000. We’ve provided a breakdown of expenses on our “Cost of a Septic System” page for further clarification.

Maintaining Your Unit

You will have to ensure that your unit gets regular care to keep it running in top form. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is have the tank pumped every 3-5 years, or annually if you have a garbage disposal. This is because solids will build up in the tank over time and can damage the leach field or cause sewage to backup into the house. Pumping tends to run around $200 to $400 for an average homeowner per visit. Please see our page on septic tank pumping costs for more information.


Should your unit need repairs, they can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to the price of a new system. You can avoid the expense of repairs by taking good care of it. There are many things you can, and should, do to prolong the life of your unit, such as only flushing waste and toilet paper, keeping chemicals, grease, and antibacterial soaps out of your drains, and making sure nothing heavy is ever placed on top of any part of your unit. Additional tips can be found on our septic tank treatment page.

Converting to Sewer

If they are added to your area, you’ll have the option of connecting to municipal sewer lines. This is done at the homeowner’s expense- the city will not pay for it. Between laying the lines, completing the connection, and dealing with the old unit, most people pay $2,500 to $3,000.

Get Personalized Septic System Cost Information from the partners of Septic Tank Pros Rochester NY

If you need specific septic system cost information, related to your location or type of unit, our partner technicians can help. Let us know what kind of details you’re looking for. Call us at (585) 286-5361 today.

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