We get a lot of questions about septic systems and septic tank pumping — and we couldn’t contain our answers to a single blog post! If you haven’t already checked out Part One, you can do so here. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more and be sure to contact Webb’s Select-A-Service for septic tank services in Altonah.

How much does it cost to replace a leach field?

It depends on the size of the leach field! Like anything, the cost of replacing a leach field varies based on the project. In general, you can expect to pay between $5,000 and $20,000 for leach field replacement. The leach field is a complex system and is the most expensive component of the septic system. 

Is it better to have a septic tank or sewer?

There are pros and cons to both systems. If you live in a city or town, the sewer system will be maintained by the local public works department. If you have a septic system, that is your responsibility to maintain. Having a septic system means more cost to you, but it also allows you the freedom and independence to live further from town.

How much does it cost to have a septic tank drained?

You should get regular septic tank pumping and cleaning to support the health of your septic system. On average, the cost of septic tank pump out is between $275 and $525. If you’d like to know our prices, please contact Webb’s Select-A-Service in Altonah.

Does homeowners insurance cover leach fields?

Most insurance policies will cover accidental damage to underground services, which includes your septic tank and leach field.

Can heavy rain cause septic problems?

It is relatively common to have your septic back up during or after heavy rain. This happens because the rain quickly floods the ground around the drain field leaving it saturated. A fully saturated leach field makes it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system, causing it to back up.

How many loads of laundry per day are safe for a septic system?

If you have a septic system and do a lot of laundry, it’s important to use detergents that are safe for septic systems. You don’t want to throw off the balance of your septic tank with chemicals. Chemicals in cleaning products and laundry detergent can also contaminate groundwater and surface water. In general, try to do no more than one or two loads per day. 

Why does my septic system keep backing up?

Backups are often caused by clogged drains and poor drain maintenance. Drains can also be blocked by sludge, roots, and dirt from broken pipes. Like we said earlier, heavy rainfall can also cause the septic system to back up.

Webb’s Select-A-Service Altonah

We don’t expect everyone to get as excited about septic systems, drain cleaning, and other plumbing topics as we do, but we’re always happy to answer any of your questions! Learn more on our septic tank pumping page and contact us today for an inspection, maintenance, and regular septic tank pumping. Along with septic tank services, we also specialize in drain cleaning. Learn more and get in touch for all your plumbing needs!