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Septic Tank Cleaning Cost

How Much Does Septic Tank Cleaning Cost?

average costMedium: $75-$200; Running $300+high costFracturing the Soil: $1,000-$2,000+
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  Typical costs:
  • Dumping out a septic tank runs about $75-$200 but can be $300 and up in some parts of the country, and should be done every 1-3 years depending on the size of the tank and the number of people using it, according to[1] .
  • Pumping out larger tanks (1,500-2,500 gallons) can cost $200-$350 or more.
  • Installing a high-quality filter to protect your leachfield/drainfield costs about $200-$300, according to officials in Olympia, Washington.
  • Sometimes a failing septic system can be resurrected by properly pumping the tank, cleaning the drainfield lines, installing filters and a process known as fracturing the soil, which involves inserting a hollow tube into the ground and injecting a 300-pound blast of air, at a cost of $1,000-$2,000 or more.
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What should be included:
  • A septic system has two main components, a tank and a soil absorption system (drainfield/leachfield). The tank is designed to let heavy solids settle to the bottom, where bacteria decomposes the solids into sludge. Grease and other light particles float, forming scum. The amount of sludge and scum builds up over time. Pumping prevents them from flowing out of the septic tank and clogging the drainfield/leachfield.
  • The Maryland Cooperative Extension provides an illustrated explanation of how septic systems work and the Iowa Onsite Wastewater Program explains the need for regular tank pumping.
  • Note: Biological additives are unlikely to be harmful, but some chemical additives that are advertised as eliminating the need for tank pumping may actually damage the septic system.
  • Generally pumping out a septic tank takes around 4-5 hours of manual labor or about 2 hours with a backhoe or other equipment, according to[2] . This includes finding the tank, digging out the access port (pumping should be done through the manhole, not the smaller inspection port), pumping out the tank (leaving nothing inside), checking for leaks, and then backfilling and re-grading the site.
  • Never enter a septic tank; they are extremely unsanitary and may contain deadly gases. Many states require septic tanks to be pumped out only by trained and licensed professionals.
  • Some companies charge a flat fee for locating the septic tank and digging down to the access port, while others charge for the actual hours worked. Depending on the time involved, you can save some money if you're willing to do the locating and digging yourself.
  • Tip: While the tank is uncovered, draw a map of its location in relationship to the house or take photos; this can be valuable for future pumping or other septic service.
Shopping for septic tank cleaning:
  • Check with your local health department to see if they maintain a list of licensed septic cleaning companies.
  • Ask about training and experience. Check that the company is properly bonded, insured and licensed in your state[3] ; and see if there are any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[4] .
  • Referrals to septic service retailers and providers[5] are available through the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association.
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Two 1000 gallon tanks pumped
Amount: $430.00
Posted by: Chardon in Chardon, OH.Posted: January 24th, 2019 04:01PM
Type: Pump outCompany: Judd
I wasn’t home when they did it so I do not know about digging anything up or anything. They said it was extremely full (it had been pumped about 2 years prior) and that it needs to be pumped every 2-3 years. Only 2 adults living there and part tine 2 kids
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Everyone in the Verde valley of Arizona is 350 +
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: ET in Camp Verde, AZ.Posted: January 14th, 2019 04:01PM
Type: Pumping out concrete septic tankCompany:
Even with me digging out the access lid (which was a big hassle ) everyone is still well over $350 in this part of the country. I think this website is whacked on the price range it provides..
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Septic system pumpong
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Paula C. in Navarre, FL.Posted: December 11th, 2018 06:12AM
Type: Company: JLG septic
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Septic tank pumping
Amount: $553.00
Posted by: Billie J Moore in Huntsville, AL.Posted: October 25th, 2018 02:10PM
Type: SepticCompany: Roto Rooter
I called to have the tank pumped after experiencing odors in the house. It had never been done since we moved in 10 years ago. Not sure if previous owners ever had it done. I was quoted a price of $300.00 plus the dumping fee. When Roto Rooter showed up and after he checked the location of the tank he informed me the cost was going to be $553.00. He never explained why the increase in cost. But I needed it done. After he completed the job he informed me the tank was in really good condition and it had been almost full. We should have it emptied every 5-7 years (only 2 of us). Now the tank is empty but i still have the odor in the house! Can't afford to call them out again to check
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Septic pumping
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in Leesburg Florida, FL.Posted: March 29th, 2018 06:03AM
Type: PumpingCompany:
You need to change your scale that’s from like the 1970s and 80s $75-$200 it cost $100 just to get rid of the septic waste for the company how could a company do it for $75 and do the proper job raise your rates
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septic tank cleaning
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: a user in chandarpur, Other.Posted: November 13th, 2017 05:11PM
Type: septic tank cleaningCompany:
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Broken main water pipe after inspection and pump out
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Shar Olsten in Gilmer County, GA.Posted: October 25th, 2017 12:10AM
Type: SepticCompany: Tows Septic
Had to do inspection and pump out of septic for the sale of house for new Buyes. This is so we could close. Tows Septic is the company we used and they reported that the water line was running across the septic tank underground. Reported after digging that there was a small leak on water line and that they repaired it. Less then a week later water line completely breaks and all water to house lost. No water at all to house to be able to be used. Never had a problem with water or pressure if water to house. Never had a change in an increased water bill.This company caused Kaous for the closing of a sale. They broke the underground main water line when digging to locate septic for inspection and pump out. They left the situation as if everything was fine. Charging a bill of $1000 for the work.We are now in the middle of repairing the broken water pipe and are having company to come back out to repair the damage. Yet to see if they are going to charge us for their mistake.Hope ther ins
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Septic location and pumping
Amount: $1,044.50
Posted by: [email protected] in Woodstock, GA.Posted: September 6th, 2017 10:09AM
Type: Septic pumpingCompany: Superior Septic
Pump tank $489
Dig/locate $250
Filter $150
Excessive overflow $125
1500 pumped!
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pumping of septic tank
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: a user in plantation, FL.Posted: May 11th, 2017 12:05PM
Type: pumpingCompany: jerry' s septic
great price and work
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Waterjetting leach field cost
Amount: $802.00
Posted by: Amine in Hackettstown, NJ.Posted: March 26th, 2017 08:03AM
We pumped both tanks and leach field over 1000 gallons for $900 water jet the leach field lines for 802 and another 275 for the truck to drain the water from the lines jetting.
Not sure if this will solve the problem, but we are trying our best to avoid the cost of replacing it
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Amount: $260.00
Posted by: hsemedo Semedo andrews in Seekonk, MA.Posted: February 6th, 2017 04:02PM
Type: SepticCompany: Devine & son septic system
I couldn't believe how prompted Michael was after I explained on the phone what the problem was i experiencing. He was very professional and friendly.
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A 1 Septic Pumping
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Ken Meyer in Valdosta, GA.Posted: January 6th, 2017 10:01AM
Type: pumping and jetting linesCompany: A 1 Septic Pumping
They did a great job both pumping and jetting. I would recommend them highly and will use them again. Not overpriced like most of the companies. They explained everything plainly.
good people.
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pump out and line cleaning
Amount: $709.00
Posted by: Vince Dell in Hamburg, NY.Posted: December 6th, 2016 05:12PM
Type: SepticCompany: Delo
I just purchased a home and the previous owner had no idea when the septic was last pumped, so it probably had gone 15-20 years without any maintenance. Home inspector said "just get it pumped and serviced so you know what you've got".
I called in Delo septic from Holland NY. Over the phone the owner walked me through the process. Since I had no idea where the septic was, he said the first task was to locate it. Delo out two trucks, one pump truck and one water jet / service truck to locate and snake any lines. The two workers located the covers, removed them, pumped out tank, snaked line to house to make sure it was clear (and it needed it).
This was expensive, but I learned a lot, and next time it should just be $240 for the pumpout. Very professional company, great to work with.
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Septic pumped
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: tracy lawson in Dowagiac, MI.Posted: October 21st, 2016 04:10AM
Type: 3000 gal tankCompany: Turner septic
Idk husband is freakin out said we paid to much.....but we had a bigger tank then we thought we were quoted for a 1500 ($225)and a 2500 ($325)gal tank turned out to be 3000 gal tank.....
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Amount: $350.00
Posted by: Sherry1967 in Sacramento, CA.Posted: March 4th, 2016 07:03PM
Type: 1500g septicCompany: Reliable Septic
Showed up on time.
Did the job for what they said they would.
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repaired split pipe and removed 2 bushes
Amount: $375.00
Posted by: a user in Hendersonville, NC.Posted: January 9th, 2016 05:01AM
My question is are they suppose remove all the debree?
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1250 gallon tank
Amount: $448.00
Posted by: Bakah in Hopewell junction, NY.Posted: September 8th, 2015 05:09AM
Type: Cement tankCompany: Hopewell septic
Quoted 265. To pump out tank by Hopewell Septic pumping. When job completed said he had to spend extra time to clean out tank and charged me extra 150.00 . Being a nice guy I said ok . When my son heard about the price increase he had a fit, he said the guy took advantage of me because I was an old man. The most I should have paid was for a1250 tank as that is what I had. I should have only paid the price quoted to pump out tank. Was never told it would cost more to clean out the the 4 inches of crud in bottom of tank. Don't use this company.
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Septic cleaning
Amount: $285.00
Posted by: Jerry123 in Plymouth, CT.Posted: August 12th, 2015 08:08PM
Type: SepticCompany:
1250 gallon Septic tank pumped out. Guy had to dig up one access cover because I wasn't aware there were 2. Hadn't been cleaned out in almost 3 yrs.
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Septic Inspection and Pumping
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Ella B in Canton, GA.Posted: May 20th, 2015 06:05PM
Type: Preventative MaintenanceCompany: Superior Septic
Located and dug up, inspected, replaced filter, pumped 1,500 gallon tank, filled back holes. Last maintenance is unknown as we purchased home not knowing septic history.
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Amount: $3,900.00
Posted by: a user in Stuart, FL.Posted: May 6th, 2015 07:05AM
Type: SepticCompany: Cookes
I think this is. A lot of money
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Septic tank cleaning
Amount: $1,700.00
Posted by: Hoosier in Burdett, KS.Posted: March 30th, 2015 04:03PM
Type: pumping onlyCompany:
Was charged $1.70 a gal for pumping. I think we were ripped off after reading some of the prices listed above. No other service was performed. However it had been over a dozen years since the tank had been cleaned.
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