Septic Tank Replacement Cost: What’s Involved & Where to Start
If you’re looking up septic tank replacement cost, odds are that you’re dealing with a failing system or are considering purchasing a home in the Rochester area that has a system in need of an update. There is no single answer to this question, so we always recommend that you contact Septic Tank Pros Rochester NY to have one of our experienced partner technician’s give you personalized pricing information based on your system and needs. With that said, we’ve also gathered some basic septic tank replacement cost info, to give you a general idea of what you can expect.
Before You Begin: Is it Really the Reservoir?
When a system fails, it’s usually related to the lines or the leach field, not the reservoir, itself. The basin is the first stage of if on-site wastewater management, but most of them last for somewhere between 20-40 years, depending on what material they’re built out of. Some cement models that are 100 years old or more are still in use. If you’ve got wastewater backing up or a clog, it’s probably related to another component of the system. Please call us so we can have our partner technician assess what the problem is and offer the best solution for it.
If you’re looking at a real estate ad that says a home’s tank needs to be replaced, there’s a very good chance they meant the system, not just the reservoir. Leach fields cost more to repair and replace than the reservoir does, so you may want to review our page on system costs as well. However, we also recommend that you do not put in an offer unless the system has been inspected by an experienced technician who has compiled a formal real estate report or include a rider in your offer that stipulates who is responsible for repairs and what amount the repairs cannot exceed. Although the technicians we dispatch can provide a comprehensive report detailing the health and needs of the system, you should speak with a realtor about how to best approach your offer on the home.
Septic Tank Replacement Cost: What’s Involved
If it really is just the reservoir that needs to be changed out, county codes will still treat it as if it’s a new system, which means you need to have written plans and obtain permits for the work. In addition to this, you’ll still need to consider:
- The price of the reservoir (varies by size and materials used)
- Disposal of the old reservoir
- Excavation costs
Septic Tank Replacement Cost: Pricing the Reservoir
Most homes with average-sized families and three or fewer bedrooms only need a reservoir of about 1,000 gallons. Larger families, more rooms, additional bathrooms and/or fixtures can necessitate a larger size, so you should work with an expert to verify the right size for your needs. In this size, concrete or fiberglass reservoirs tend to run in the neighborhood of $1,000-2,000. Plastic is a little less expensive, but it is also not as durable and won’t last as long.
Contact Septic Tank Pros Rochester NY for Your Septic Tank Replacement Cost Estimate
The best way to know what your total expenses will be for changing out a major component of your system is to have a knowledgeable technician perform an assessment. At Septic Tank Pros Rochester NY, our partners are highly-trained professionals who will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision and can even complete the whole project for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (585) 286-5361 today.