Cost to Replace a Septic Tank

One of the largest purchases you make aside from your home may very well be your septic tank system. Septic system replacement costs have steadily increased over the last 20 years leaving many homeowners wondering how they are going to pay the bills after receiving their install or replacement quote. How much does it cost to replace a septic tank?

In areas such as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Texas and Florida, new installations can run as high as $65,000 for a complete system including tank, distribution box and field lines. In many areas, subsurface soils removed during the installation or repair process must be hauled away via certified hazmat transportation specialists since the dirt is classified as hazardous waste. An engineer is typically utilized which usually costs around $1500.00 for the design and special local permits can run anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

The tank, lines and labor make up the rest of the cost with average system replacements costing about $16,000.00 from start to finish. Total costs normally include a new tank, lines, gravel, soil, labor and taxes. Systems generally come with a warranty which will protect against defects and breakage, but not against clogging or problems as a result of negligence. In more complicated systems, aeration, pumps and other devices make be required as a design feature by your local code. These upgrades on enhancements always come with a price and while they may or may not be effective, they certainly do cost more.

If you are in a situation where you may need a new septic system, be sure to shop around for quotes and check references.  While some areas of the country are more reasonable priced, many areas have to deal with what feels like a new mortgage payment. Take your time and do you due diligence. Remember to get all of the details about the new septic that you are looking at. The best thing you can do is to research about the type of septic that they are offering you. Don’t get fooled into a sub-par system when trying to find the cost to replace a septic tank.