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Septic Types and Systems

Common Septic System Diagram
  • 2 bedrooms between 500 & 1,000 gallons
  • 3 bedrooms between 1,000 & 1,500 gallons
  • 4 bedrooms between 1,500 & 2,000 gallons
  • Some tanks require annual pumping…
  • Some tanks require bi-annual pumping…
  • Pumping a tank could cost $250 or more
  • Number of occupants dictates frequency
  • Some tanks have intlet baffles
  • All tanks have outlet baffles
  • Some tanks have filtered outlet baffles
  • Filtered baffles require annual cleaning
  • Filter cleaning while pumping tank $25 to $50
  • Filter cleaning by itself could cost $100 to $150
  • Tanks with filters require riser for cleaning
  • Tanks deeper than 6″ require a riser by code
  • Riser prices run between $200 & $500
  • Tanks without riser subject to extra charges
  • Tanks are usually made of pre-cast concrete
  • Some newer tanks are made of plastic resins
  • Some older tanks are made of metal/steel

If you would like to learn more about Gravity Septic Systems click here.

If you would like to learn more about Pump-up Septic Systems click here.

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