Posted on: July 28, 2018 Blog

When rural areas don’t offer public sewage, installing a septic system is typically the best option. It’s an efficient means of removing household waste from baths, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, and other appliances. But how much do they cost? Our Roto-Rooter High Desert team is going to cover the various costs of these drainage systems to help you get a better idea of the big picture.

Septic Tank Size

The bigger the tank, the higher the cost. When you choose your tank size, it’s important to remember all of the possible sources of waste, from the toilet to the dishwasher. Most medium to large tanks cost between $800 to $1500.

Septic Tank Material

The higher quality materials like high-density polyethylene are more expensive than models made of concrete. However, bear in mind that cheaper models typically require more frequent replacement.

Installation Location

Septic systems can be installed above or below ground. Ground tanks are typically cheaper and better choices for smaller households. However, they must be emptied more frequently, which can increase lifetime expenses. Underground tanks are more expensive, but sometimes a necessity when there isn’t enough space on the surface.

Drain Field

If you go with a below-ground tank, you’ll need to invest in a drain field to filter treated wastewater into the surroundings. But you will need a professional to determine that your ground is a suitable location for a soakway, which adds to installation costs.

Labour Costs

The average cost to have your tank fitted is $1500 to $2500 (price may vary), although the price can go higher with bigger tanks. And remember: removing an old system is going to cost you as well, so you’ll need to add this to your total installation costs.

If you’re planning on a septic system installation and are worried about cost, the Roto-Rooter High Desert team can help you decide on a model and installation for your budget. Call today for an estimate.