Tanks-A-Lot is a manufacturer of septic tanks and supplier of materials to the industry but we don’t install systems, therefore it would be difficult for us to give you a price to complete the project. In our Guide to Septic Systems we discuss a little bit about the costs when installing systems but don’t discuss the procedures, we look at these procedures as a 3-step process:
Step One: Budgetary Costing and Proposal
You’re going to want to talk with at least 3 installers to get a budgetary cost; most likely they have done work in the area and will know what to expect based on the geographic area. Be sure to evaluate the character and ask for references for past projects. There is usually no charge for this step.
Step Two: Soil Analysis and Estimating
Once you feel comfortable with the contractor, you can ask them to perform the onsite analysis which involves digging 2 test pits and taking multiple soil samples and send them to the lab for analysis. Once they have this they can design a proper system and provide you with a firm estimate. This step usually costs $1500 to $2000 but you can use this assessment to get other estimates from installers and use this design for construction.
Step Three: Construction and Servicing
Once you have selected an installer make sure that you have a completion date in writing. Many times installers will book too many jobs in a year and do not fulfill their commitments, leaving homeowners to scramble in late season which usually leads to over paying for work. Most installers will offer at least a 1-year warranty on their work and 20 years on the septic tank or wastewater treatment plant.
A few words of caution: Do not use installers that are not certified to install systems, and avoid installers that are too cheap; most times these installers are not building a proper system and it will cost you more in the long run.