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What Determines the Price of Emptying Your Septic Tank?

20th October 2023

Here at Cotswold Drainage, we understand the costs associated with maintaining a septic tank system can be a source of uncertainty for many homeowners and property investors. However, understanding the key factors that influence septic tank emptying prices is crucial for budgeting and planning purposes. In this blog, we’ll address the key factors that can affect overall cost, whilst offering some helpful tips for keeping maintenance and emptying affordable.

Factors Affecting Septic Tank Emptying Costs

Tank Size

Tank size can significantly affect the overall costs associated with septic tank emptying and maintenance. Sizes can range anywhere from 750 gallons to 5,000 gallons for domestic or light commercial properties. Larger septic tanks, often found in commercial settings or industrial locations can hold more waste, requiring less frequent emptying than smaller ones typically found in residential homes. The volume of the waste itself also needs to be taken into consideration, as this directly impacts the duration of the emptying process. Opting for the right tank size during the initial installation process directly impacts the long-term service costs, so it’s important to get this right the first time.

Tank Location

Geographic factors like soil type, groundwater level, and climate all play a crucial role in both your septic tank emptying costs and its overall maintenance. Heavy clay soil areas will cause your tank to fill faster than those placed in sandy, undisturbed soil. This is because this soil is much more absorbent, allowing for efficient water flow. It is also important to note that prolonged periods of heavy rainfall can also speed up fill rates and pump-out frequencies. These factors can vary from region to region, so it’s worth bearing this in mind when assessing and placing your septic tank drainage system.

Emptying Frequency

We know you might be asking yourself  How often should I empty my septic tank? To answer your question; household size, daily water use, and waste disposal habits influence how often a septic tank needs emptying. If your home has more occupants, there is a higher water consumption and greater waste being produced,  More frequent septic tank emptying and maintenance checks are necessary to avoid backups or hygiene issues. The same goes for those living in rural areas with less access to main drainage systems. Routine maintenance is key to avoiding the high costs and repair fees that come with emergency pumping or breakdown issues.

Tips for Cost-Efficient Septic Tank Maintenance 

Here are some useful tips to follow for cost-efficient septic tank maintenance.

Regular Maintenance Checks

Try to schedule regular inspections to identify potential problems in their early stages. At a minimum this should be done once per year, however this depends on the volume of waste produced. Preventative maintenance is cheaper than emergency repairs.

Water Conservation

Reducing your household’s water usage will also extend the time between tank pump-outs. Conserving water through low-flow fixtures, reaping leaks, and exercising general caution are just some of the ways this can be done. This not only reduces your maintenance costs but your monthly water bill.

Proper Waste Disposal

Avoid flushing chemicals, FGOs (fats, grease, and oils), and non-biodegradable items like wet wipes down your drains. It’s important to adopt proper waste disposal habits with such items to prevent premature tank failure and the need for additional unplanned maintenance.

The Septic Tank Emptying Experts You Can Trust

Understanding the key factors like tank size, location, and usage patterns, that influence septic tank emptying costs allows homeowners to better budget and care for these systems. Following the tips above can also help minimise maintenance expenses. For professional septic tank services  you can count on, contact Cotswold Drainage today!