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Getting Septic ready for summer.
We are all responsible for our drinking supply and recreational watershed.
People concerned about cost are often penny wise and pound foolish. Each onsite system owner is an important link in a community chain that preserves local water quality prevents unsanitary conditions and death and disease. .
If your link breaks, everyone suffers if it gets bad enough communities can get forced into adding city sewer projects costing millions.
Spread the cost of your new onsite system over its life span. If you paid $10,000 for the system and it will last 20 years, the cost is $500 per year, or less than $42 per month. Throw in an occasional inspection and tank pumping and it’s maybe $60 per month. Ask your friends in the city what they pay for a sewer and water bill. You might be surprised how economical your onsite wastewater treatment is.
There are stories of people not pumping their septic for decades. The sludge build up in those systems overtakes the baffles in the tank designed to protect drain field. Keeping the system pumped and free of silt and sludge is most the most economical way to maximize the life of the most expensive part of the system (the drain field). Typically it is recommended that a tank be pumped every three years but modern systems with pumps are often more turbulant and should be done every 2 years. The size of the system relative to the amount of use can further affect the need and the professional that knows your system can better tell what is right for yours. Also ask if there are sometimes simple adjustments to a system that can be made cheaply to that extends the life of the system. For example bringing a tank up to code with a simple addition of a manhole cover not required in the 1990’s is cheap and allows for a better job to be done pumping. Fixing leaks that allows sand/soil to get in with simple landscaping. (I will be adjusting the height of my pump with a small brick to increase the impeller lifetime due to sand buildup.)
You’ll recoup a portion of the cost when you sell.
When you sell you end up putting an estimated amount in escrow to upgrade the septic. The one buying the house then gets to use your money to put in a new system that might cost much more than one you would have shopped for. (Also every year costs go up) your septic system as an asset when it comes time to sell the house or it could be a liability.
Even a working system could fail when the new owner happens to use much more water and gets you to upgrade capacity.
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