How much does septic tank cleaning cost? As far as pricing is concerned, A to Z does not necessarily have a set price as it really depends on the size of the tank, the condition of the tank, and how large or small the family size is (what’s going down the drains.) Also, other factors could be involved as well such as condition of drain field, time in between cleanings, etc.
According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average national cost of septic tank pumping and cleaning is $498, with most homeowners spending between $424 and $572. In Miami most homeowners spent between $330 to $416 for septic tank clean out. (Source: HomeAdvisor.com)
If your septic tank in Miami hasn’t been pumped in the last five years, you are seeing wet areas or standing water above your drainfield, your toilets are running slowly or there are odors in your home, you may need to have your septic system cleaned. Below are some things to consider that will influence the cost of your septic tank cleaning.
Pumping Septic Tank
Under normal conditions, you should pump your tank every 1-3 years based upon the number of people living in your home. Generally, this pumping will take around 4-5 hours of manual labor and about 2 hours or so with a backhoe. If you know the location of your septic system, this could save you some money on the backend because your septic tank professional won’t have to charge you the time to locate it.
Size of Tank
There is a direct correlation between the size of the tank and cleaning cost. Obviously, smaller tanks cost less to clean, however, you may need to do them more often. Larger septic tanks require more labor and possible machinery to dig up and pump the tank.
Replacing Common Parts
You may need parts replaced, such as a filter, which could cost a few hundred dollars. However, this filter is necessary in maintaining the function and longevity of your drainfield.
If your septic cleaning professional notices that your tank is failing, they can sometimes resurrect it by properly pumping the tank, cleaning the drainfield lines, installing filters and a process known as fracturing the soil, which involves inserting a hollow tube into the ground and injecting a 300-pound blast of air. While this procedure could cost into the thousands dollars, it’s much less expensive and much less hassle than installing a new system.
Keeping it clean
You know that your septic tank will work only if the bacteria in it are healthy and hungry. If they get sick or die, your septic tank will start sending un-digested waste out to the drain field which will quickly plug it up. Below are some strange factors that could kill your septic tank:
– Chemotherapy Drugs
– Anti-Bacterial Hand Washing Soap
– Toilet Bowl Cleaners
– Bath and Body Oils
– Water Softeners
– Time-Release Pills and Capsules
Tip for Septic Tank Cleaning
Record, record, and record! Once your septic tank is uncovered – take photos of it and diagram it in relation to your home. This information can save you money and could prove valuable if your tank needs additional service in the future.