A septic system is required if you live in rural areas or plan to build a new home. This article will explain the cost and process of a septic installation in Bend Oregon.
A septic system is an underground tank that treats and disposes of wastewater. It can be made from plastic, concrete, fiberglass, or any other material. This system can be used to treat wastewater in residential and commercial areas. You can install your own septic tanks, but we recommend hiring professionals to do so due to the expertise required.
We’ll be discussing the various septic systems that homeowners have the option of and how they can be installed.
Who Really Needs a Septic Tank
A home’s plumbing system will usually be connected to the local sewer line in densely populated areas. Municipal sewer lines are not available in rural areas so sewage must be treated with a tank. Septic Installation in Bend Oregon is required if you are moving into a new home or land that doesn’t have one.
How to Prepare For Your Septic Installation in Bend Oregon
Here are some tips to ensure that your septic tank installation is smooth.
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Get a Permit to Test The Soil
Permeable soil around the tank is what septic systems use to absorb and naturally treat liquid residue. This ensures that runoff water doesn’t get contaminated or leak into the water table. This is called the drain or leach area.
A percolation (or “perc”) test must be obtained before installing a septic system. This test verifies that the soil meets the requirements of the local health department and the city. The soil must have sufficient permeable content, such as sand and gravel. After the soil passes the percolation test you can obtain a permit to start the installation process.
Not all septic tanks can be placed on the land. Before you purchase land for residential purposes, we recommend that you order a test.
To excavate large areas of land required for a septic system, heavy equipment is necessary. You should budget landscaping costs if you live on the land. At Green Bar Excavation, we get everything done from the planning to the excavation and installation so you don’t have to!
When you are building a new house, plan the excavation to be done at a time that will have the least impact on the construction. This is usually done before paving the driveways or sidewalks are finished, but after the mainframe is constructed.
How Much Does It Cost For A Septic Installation In Bend Oregon ?
There are some costs associated with the installation of your new septic system, including a percolation test and emptying the tank.
A percolation test costs $250 to $1,000 depending on the area and soil conditions. Although professionals typically only dig a few holes within the proposed leach fields area, it is possible for professionals to do more extensive work. However, if you need a survey to determine where to excavate your test, then this could increase the cost.
Building Permit Application
Permits are required to build a septic system on your property. Although permit pricing can vary from one state to the next, they are usually $200 in cost and renewed every few years.
Excavation & Installation
Your septic tank will be installed after passing the percolation test. Your home’s size, the type of system you choose, and the material of your septic tank will all affect the price of your new system. Below is a listing of treatment tanks and systems available, along with the prices.
Different types of septic tank systems
A conventional system for septic treatment
The gravity of household sewage is used by a conventional septic system to transport it into the tank. The sewage is then separated into layers with solid waste at the bottom and liquid sewerage at the top. The liquid waste rises to the top of the outflow pipe and flows into the drain field, where it is further decomposed. These conventional septic systems cost an average of $3,000.
Alternative to septic system
Alternative septic systems collect sewage the same as conventional systems, but they use oxygen to break down the sewage in tanks. Alternative systems require less land to drain fields and produce cleaner wastewater. This benefit comes with a higher cost. Systems are usually priced at around $12,000.
Engineered system for septic treatment
The most complicated septic systems, or those that are built from soil and/or on a slope, are called engineered septic systems. Engineered septic systems are similar to conventional and alternative septic systems. They collect and separate waste from a tank. Instead of gravity draining, engineered systems pump the liquid waste into the leach fields so it is evenly distributed across the land. These systems typically cost about $8,000.
Types of septic tanks
- Concrete – Concrete septic tanks are strong and resistant to rust, but they are difficult to repair if damaged. Concrete tanks can range in price from $1000 to $2,000 depending on their size.
- Plastic – Plastic tanks are economical but can be damaged. They are about $1,200.
- Fiberglass–Fiberglass septic tanks are stronger than their plastic counterpart but can be shifted or displaced if the water table rises too high. These tanks can be as high as $2,000.
How to Use Your Septic Tank
When you use your new septic tanks, be sure to maintain the area around the leach fields and inspect the tank regularly with its lids. Your septic tank should never be used for garbage disposals as they can cause clogs. Avoid driving on the ground where the septic tank is located or putting heavy machinery on the drain field or septic tank.
You will need to schedule the cleaning and pumping of your system after five years of continuous septic system usage. This will prevent solid waste from building up in the soil and groundwater. Contact us for a consultation for your septic installation in Bend Oregon today!