Many of our customers have septic tanks at their properties in Weatherford, TX or the surrounding area, but they do not know much about them. Here at Lightfoot Mechanical, we are happy to provide clarity on this important plumbing system component and answer some of the most commonly asked questions we get about septic tanks and septic systems.
Septic tanks are deposits for the waste and wastewater produced at properties where municipal sewer lines are not present. They are made of steel or concrete typically, are located underground, and are designed with different mechanisms and organisms to help break down everything that ends up in the tank.
Waste travels from the drains of the toilet, sink, shower, and tubs at your property, and travels through the plumbing pipes and is deposited into the septic tank. Any heavy sludge will settle at the bottom, with a layer of effluent chemicals on top that work to decompose this waste. Liquids are filtered out through a drain and any gases are released through a pipe.
You need to have your septic tank pumped every now and then as part of the regular system maintenance of it. But just how often depends on how large it is. For larger properties, it will likely need to be done more frequently. The general rule of thumb is to call out a professional to empty the tank every 3 to 5 years.
Septic tanks that are made of concrete can end up lasting for up to 40 years. Steel septic tanks do not last as long, as usually need to be replaced every 15 or 20 years. The amount of time also depends on how well it has been taken care of with regular septic system maintenance.
The cost of having a septic tank installed depends on a few factors: what kind you get, what size it is, and if it is being installed for the first time or if you are having your current one replaced. New installations can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000, while replacement jobs are usually priced at $3,000 to $7,000. If you’d like a better idea of know how much a septic tank costs, we recommending contacting a professional septic company for a proper estimate.
If you have any other questions regarding septic systems, or you’re ready to set up an appointment for septic service in Weatherford or the surrounding area, reach out to the Lightfoot Mechanical team!