Cost of Septic Tank: Estimates and Guidelines
Determining the cost of a septic tank isn’t always easy because every home and business will need to have custom plans drawn up based on the number of people using it, soil conditions, and other variables. At CMAC Septic Tank Pros, our partner technicians handle questions like these, as well as perform the install, maintenance, pumping, and any repair needs of your unit. We believe it’s always best to work with a qualified professional who can research your property and listen to your needs, so you can get an accurate estimate. If you’re only looking for a general idea of the cost of a septic tank, you’ll find the details you need below. Otherwise, please contact us for information that’s related to your needs and situation.
Factors Included in the Cost of a Septic Tank
Because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach that works well, you’ll need to take a few things into consideration when you come up with your estimate.
The chart here can be used for general guidelines, but local codes may dictate the minimum size you need. Always speak with a professional to ensure the size you’re looking at fits within the legal guidelines for your area.
Septic Tank Size (Gallons)
There are a few materials that reservoirs are made from that you can choose between, though, again, local code, your soil, and conditions may reduce your options some. Each choice has benefits and drawbacks.
Cement: The majority of units are made from cement. It’s durable and often lasts 40 years or more, though it’s usually the most expensive option.
Fiberglass: When transporting a cement unit to the site is difficult, fiberglass generally becomes the next best choice. It’s lightweight, which makes getting it too difficult lots and installing it easier.
Steel: For the most part, rust and local codes remove steel as an option, but there are still some steel reservoirs in use, so it’s worth mentioning.
Plastic: The most economical choice is plastic. It’s not as durable as the other options, but it’s allowed most places and can help you save a few bucks if you’re facing an unexpected install or replacement.
How Much is a Septic Tank by Itself?
Most families can use a 1,000-gallon tank, which works out to $1,000-1,200 or so if it’s made from cement. Fiberglass is comparably priced. Plastic will generally run a couple hundred less.
Other Expenses to Account for in the Cost of a Septic Tank
You will need to have permits if you’re installing a new or replacement reservoir, and the work should always be performed by a licensed professional. Our site has additional information on whole system installs as well as replacing only the reservoir on an existing system.
Contact CMAC Septic Service to Get Your Cost of Septic Tank Estimate
Because so much goes into determining estimates and total pricing, we recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our experienced partner technicians to go over the needs of your system and ensure that the installation is handled correctly. For more information or to book an appointment, call us at (256) 474-8281 today.