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Septic Tank Pumping Cost

Omkar Phatak
If you are looking for an estimate of the septic tank pumping cost, you have landed on the right page. We discuss the factors affecting the cost, besides providing you with a rough estimate.
It is a smart move to check out the market prices for a cleaning job like septic pumping, before you actually contact any contractors. That way, you can be assured that the price quotation offered to you, is reasonable.
For houses, which are not connected with a municipal sewage treatment plant, having a septic system is inevitable. They are a type of 'On Site Sewage Facility (OSSF)'. These systems need to be pumped out and cleaned periodically. The recommended period is once in 1-3 years, depending on the tank size and the volume of waste dumped into it.
The septic plant consist of two parts. One is the tank and other is the leach field, which is a soil-based absorbing system. The waste dumped in, collects at the bottom, where it is decomposed by bacterial degradation action.
There are some solid waste products dumped into septic tanks, which do not sink and get decomposed. Such solid waste can go on accumulating and flowing into the leach field and clogging it. This can cost you a lot of money in repairs and cleaning. That is why, bearing the replacement cost is a preferable option.

Factors Affecting the Cost

Septic tank pumping is a time-consuming and labor intensive job. A typical pumping procedure may last for about 4-5 hours. It consists of first locating the tank, that is buried underground. This is done using metal detectors. Once the position is located, an extensive digging job follows, to reach the manhole that provides direct access to the tank.
Subsequently, the pumping and cleaning job is performed. Once the tank is clean, an inspection is made for tank leaks. Following that checkup, the tank is refilled with certain chemicals, before regrading and refilling the site.
Most companies will have a separate cost for each part of the job, depending on its complexity. If the hole's deep and needs extra efforts to locate, you will be charged more. The labor involved in digging is another addition to the cost.
Depending on the size, the cost for pumping, cleaning, and refilling will vary. A lot depends on the location too, as prices vary throughout the country.

Average Cost

The pumping cost can vary from USD 75 to USD 300 for standard size tanks. The price may even go up to or more than USD 300, depending on the location of your house. Large tanks with capacities ranging from 1,500 to 2,500 gallons, cost more. For such tanks, the pumping job may cost USD 500 to USD 750.
If you are planning to get a filter installed, to prevent damage to the leach field, it may cost you about USD 250 to USD 400, in addition to the total cost. A complete resurrection job for a failing septic tank can cost as much as USD 3,000 to USD 5,000, or even more than that.
Price charged by local contractors may vary around the range provided here. Get in touch with local government officials of the sanitation department or contractors, to get a more accurate estimate.