In various parts of North America, septic systems are still in use. One of the prime reasons why most people prefer to have a septic systems installed in their house is that they are inexpensive. Another reason why people have septic systems is that they have no access to the city’s centralized sewer system. One periodically needs to monitor the functioning of his/her septic system to prevent it from malfunctioning. Many a times, the solid waste flushed down the toilet or the sink tends to block the lines connecting the septic tank. As a result, sludge is formed inside the tank, which further becomes a major reason for septic odor.
To avoid this situation, it is very important to pump the septic system after regular intervals of time to ensure its efficient functioning. Unfortunately, you will not be able to carry out the task on your own, as you may not have the necessary tools and the expertise. You will have to hire a professional to do the job. Pumping the septic system may cost you somewhere between $125 to $250, and in some areas this price can run as high as $950 or more. Some may also charge you more than this. Why is there such a huge variation in the prices?
Numerous factors decide the cost for pumping the septic tank. Service providers may charge you more if it requires them to put in many efforts to access the septic system. Some septic systems lack a riser and therefore, the cleaner first has to dig a hole to get to the lid of the septic tank. It will cost you somewhere around $250. However, if your septic system has a riser, you will not have to pay too much.
The cost can further mount up high if you do not know about the exact location of your septic tank. The cleaner will first have to locate the tank (which can take minutes or even hours in some cases) and then move on to the cleaning process. As a result, you need to pay the cleaner two separate amounts one for pumping the system and the other for locating the tank. Fortunately, most of the modern day service providers have tools that can help one easily detect the location where the septic tank lies.
To keep the septic system in good shape, it is very important to pump it at least twice every year. However, this may turn out to be an expensive affair for many. The best way to look out for an affordable septic system-pumping agency is by surfing for one over Internet. You may come across agencies charging a hefty fee just because of the fact that they have been in this business for a very long time. Therefore, do not just choose an agency considering its popularity. Rather go for the one with a good past record. Once you come across an affordable septic system-pumping agency, check out its reviews on Internet. See what the public have to say about them. Pumping the septic tank will not cost you too much if you make the right move.