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Septic Tank Repair - How Much Does it Cost?

If your septic tank is working well, you might go years without giving it a second thought. But, when problems arise, it is always best to bring in professionals who are familiar with the required repairs. If you feel at a loss regarding how to fix your septic tank and how to budget for the cost, use this guide to get a better estimate of common expenses associated with septic tank repair.

National Repair a Septic Tank Costs

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National Repair a Septic Tank Costs
Average reported cost $1,328
Number of Cost Profiles 555 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $65
Maximum reported cost $4,500
Most homeowners spent between: $837 to $1,362

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Average Cost of Septic Tank Repair

If you encounter a serious problem with your septic tank, one of the first things that comes to mind might be the cost. Unfortunately, most septic tank issues will be a minimum of $1,000 to resolve although there are certainly some exceptions to the rule. On average, however, prepare to pay between $1,409 and $2,115 for any type of professional septic tank repair on your property.

Identifying Problems with Your Septic Tank

One of the biggest problems with septic tanks is that some home owners don't actually notice the small problems until they have turned into much larger concerns. Things to look for include strong and unpleasant odors coming from toilets or showers in your home, low water pressure or standing water above the septic draining field on your property. If you notice any of these issues, calling a professional to come take a look should be your first priority.

Importance of Regular Inspections and Pumping

Although simply being on the lookout for problems is crucial, as mentioned above, it is also important to have regular inspections for your septic system roughly once each year. In addition, you should have your septic tank pumped every three to five years or more frequently if you have a smaller tank or a larger family. Doing so can reduce the sludge and solids that can cause blockage and serious problems in the future.

Common Repairs and Fixes

One of the most common problems is simply having a tank that needs to be pumped. You will be able to tell due to the tank being full and the liquid level being higher than the outlet into the leach field. Also common is a broken pipe, which will need to be replaced in order to eliminate any standing and unhygienic water.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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