After doling out somewhere between $1500 and $4000 for your septic tank installation, the most reassuring thing that you probably want to know is that it will work effectively and efficiently. As a responsible homeowner, you most likely intend to take good care of your septic system by ensuring that it is pumped every 3 to 5 years and making sure that certain items such as coffee grounds, disposable diapers, and feminine hygiene products are not allowed down the drain.
However, improper installation and design as well as problems with the drain-field are two of the main problems that cause failure of the septic system, so particular attention must be paid to this. Drain-field issues account for about 90 percent of septic failures.
Find a professional
A septic system installation is nothing to joke about unless you have in-depth knowledge of how to do it. There are many things to consider and assess before installation to off-set future issues which a certified professional would be aware of. A concern such as the appropriate size of the septic system for the house it will service is one of them. A 1,000 gallon tank should be adequate for a three bedroom house and could cost about $600 to $1000.
However, if you plan to expand your house later on, a professional would be able to guide you into what to do now to make additional septic adjustments easier.
A professional would also be aware of the need to conduct a soil test to determine the drainage capability of the soil around your house and then be able to choose a properly designed system to suit your situation.
Pre-treat your drain-field
Although even a properly maintained drain-field will need to be replaced every 15 to 30 years, one that has problems will have to be replaced much earlier than 15 years. Replacing a drain-field or the entire septic system can be a costly prospect, taking up between $5000 and $30000 or more of your personal resources. In addition, not many insurance companies offer insurance against septic system failures. In order to prevent this from happening, you can consider getting your drain-field pre-treated. Aerobic treatment units or media filters such as sand, peat or textiles can be added to reinforce your drain-field.
While the cost of a treatment unit can be as much as $3000 to $5000 and can push up your total installation cost to about $25,000, it can save you a lot of money in the long run. (For more information on septic tank installation, contact a company such as Honest John's Septic Service Inc)