Septic Tank

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Posted by: from Langley
2/9/2012 at 4:21:58 PM

A very long story. We have a septic feild that is in need of replacement. We just yesterday had the tank emptied, long story short is the feild is old terracota and we thought we had a distribution box and were told we do not. The feild is showing all signs of it not working anymore. How much is this going to cost us?

We would like to remove all of the old system and tank and putt in a new one. We would also like to add a garage to or beside our home so the new one would have to be relocated.

Would it be better for us to have it replaced or fix the old one? Also, do we have to have permits for any of the above.

Thanks so much for your answers.

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Date/Time2/9/2012 at 5:17:42 PM

Yes you need a permit. To replace a complete system is not going to be cheap. You should really post this in the projects section and ask for ballpark figures. That will dictate which way you wish to go.

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Date/Time2/9/2012 at 9:18:09 PM

Hi Kelly:

The regulations are that you have to hae a licenced designer and licenced installer. Get a few quotes from qualified people. Systems vary on what the square footage your home is, not the old way of how many bedrooms it had.

The new systems are pressurized systems that have a pump/pressure system in a separate tank. they are a lot more efficient, and can range with engineering anywhere from $9000 to $14000 for the same project.

The system if it failing will have to come out, and the tank is the cheapest part. Proper disposal of the old system will be extra as far as trucking and tonnage charges at the disposal site. Also, the area that you have to put your new system in will vary as to the soil and whether it is suitable for a system, or whether you have to go to a more elaborate system. Get the quotes. Then figure on the garage.

We build on acreage mostly and have to use septic systems as there are no services. Most of the time we have a pressurized system, but we did have to get an engineered system once, and the cost was triple.

Good luck with the quotes.


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Date/Time3/2/2012 at 10:48:36 PM

Hello Kelly

For a new less expensive septic system try Polyethylene septic tanks. A wide variety of tank models are available. Sizes ranging from 300 gal. to 3600 gal. even commercial sizes. A wide variety of manhole extension heights are also available.

Plastic septic tanks are easier to install. No heavy equipment needed, which is an advantage!

What is discharging into your septic if you don't mind me asking. Those things are supposed to last a life time.


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