Have you noticed a foul odor in your yard? Does that odor seem to get worse when water is running your house? Are your toilets and sinks backing up, and does that backup smell horrible and look like it contains sewage? If answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, there’s a good chance that you need to have your cesspool replaced.
Replacing a cesspool is a big job, but with the right knowledge and the right company, the task can be a lot less stressful for you. Here’s a look at some important things that you should know before you have your cesspool replaced.
The Size and Cost of the Cesspool
The cost of the cesspool is directly related to its size, and the size of the cesspool that you need depends on the size of your home. Typically, an average three-or four-bedroom house will need a 1,000 gallon cesspool, which costs approximately $8,000 to $15,000. If your house has five bedrooms or more, you will likely need 1,500 gallon cesspool, which costs between $15,000 and $25,000.
In addition to the cost of the cesspool itself, you also need to factor in the cost of the work that is involved with installation. The cost of installation will depend on certain factors, including the complexity of the job. On average, it will cost between $3,000 and $7,000 to replace an existing cesspool.
Heavy machinery and large equipment is needed to pull out your old cesspool and install a new one. To prevent damage to your property, make sure that the tools and equipment that need to be used can easily access the area. For example, if you just had a new driveway or walkway installed, the machinery could cause damage.
You also want to make sure that no heavy traffic goes over the area where the new cesspool is installed, as it could compact the soil and impact the function of the cesspool. Make sure that cars or other heavy items will not be passing over the area after installation.
Permits, Inspections and Tests
Permits and inspections will be necessary before removing your old cesspool and installing a new one. Environmental testing may also need to be done. Contact your local health department to find out exactly what permits, inspections and tests are required.
The time it takes to attain permits and have inspections and testing done can impact the amount of time it takes to have a new cesspool installed.
Finding a Reliable Cesspool Professional
When choosing a an emergency cesspool pumping company, make sure that you choose a licensed expert. Also, if you want to make sure that you get bids from several companies to make sure that you get the best price. It’s also wise to ask about warranties and guarantees the companies offer before making your final decision. Consider reviews from past customers and the experience the company has, too.
Installing a new cesspool for your home can be an overwhelming task, but this information can help to simplify the process and make it a more successful one.