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How Much Does Septic Tank Pumping Cost?

Author: Brian Eckert

Septic Tank Cleaning Prices

Septic tank needs regular maintenance to function properly. Without it, septic tank problems will occur. Septic backup and foul odors are just two of the problems that can happen without regular septic tank maintenance. Having a septic service regularly pump your tank is vital. If you’re too late with the maintenance, the entire neighborhood will stink and you don’t want to be that neighbor.

A 4-person household with a 500 gallon tank needs their septic tank pumped once every year. Each household member over four (4) cuts this time down by 3 months. Garbage disposals increase this schedule by about 20%, as well. Septic system additives (that help control bacteria) can help a little bit, but it will not replace pumping out your septic system.

Average Septic Tank Cleaning Cost

Average septic tank cleaning cost is $200 to $300 for a septic tank as large as 1,000 gallons. Prices can go up to $800 for a large, 2,500 gallon tank. There may be an additional $200 to $400 charge if the contractor has to find the septic tank and locate the opening, depending on the amount of labor involved.

There are devices you can install in septic tanks that will report problems such as scum and sludge levels, potential backup problems, etc. They will set off warning lights on a panel inside your house, warning you of potential septic tank problems before they happen. The best way to avoid any problems with your septic system is to visually inspect it every once in a while in order to make sure no buildup is happening. If you do find a problem, the faster you take care of it the cheaper the cost will be to you.

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