Ashburn, VA 20149

Septic System Specialists on Thumbtack cost$210 - $250

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6 Septic System Specialists found near you!

  • Lowest price:$140
  • Most common low price:$210
  • Most common high price:$250
  • Highest price:$380

Real quotes from Septic System Specialists

$154

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
Less than a year ago
Septic tank size
Less than 1,000 gallons
Problem start date
A month ago or longer
$199

Quoted Price

Property type
Commercial
Last system inspection date
Never
Septic tank size
1,251-1,500 gallons
Problem start date
A month ago or longer
$199

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
4-10 years ago
Septic tank size
1,251-1,500 gallons
Problem start date
No problem; just need maintenance
$235

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
4-10 years ago
Septic tank size
Less than 1,000 gallons
Problem start date
No problem; just need maintenance
$250

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
3 years ago
Septic tank size
Less than 1,000 gallons
Problem start date
No problem; just need maintenance
$265

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
3 years ago
Septic tank size
1,251-1,500 gallons
Problem start date
Less than a week ago
$325

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
3 years ago
Septic tank size
Less than 1,000 gallons
Problem start date
No problem; just need maintenance
$350

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
Less than a year ago
Septic tank size
1,251-1,500 gallons
Problem start date
Less than a week ago
$360

Quoted Price

Property type
House
Last system inspection date
4-10 years ago
Septic tank size
1,251-1,500 gallons
Problem start date
No problem; just need maintenance

How much does septic tank pumping cost?

Septic tanks process the wastewater coming from home sewage pipes. Pumping a septic tank regularly (the Environmental Protection Agency advises that septic tanks are pumped at minimum every three years, for example) helps prevent system malfunctions and the need for costly repairs. Septic tanks may need to be pumped for inspection or regular cleaning, because of poor pipe and drain performance, because of a sewage backup, if there is standing water or dips in the ground around the septic tank, if there are persistent puddles over the drain field, or if there are foul odors. It’s important to have a pro come right away if odors or backup issues are present because sewage wastewater is hazardous to the health of humans and animals. Several cost factors affect the cost of septic tank pumping.

Set rates

Many septic system companies charge set rates for standard pumping jobs that require no repairs or updating of parts (such as new screens). Standard rates typically start around $200 and can be more than $500, with costs increasing as the tank size increases.

Size of tank

The larger the septic tank, the more it will cost to have pumped. Tank size is usually determined by the number of bedrooms in the home—with sizes ranging from 1,000 gallons to over 2,500 gallons. The more people using a septic tank (i.e., the more people in a household or office), the more frequently the tank should be pumped.

Clogged tank

A clogged or overflowing tank usually costs more to have pumped because it takes more effort and time. A septic tank creates a safe environment for sewage to begin decomposing. Solids (sludge) drop to the bottom of the tank, wastewater remains in the middle and a greasy layer of scum floats on top. When the tank is being overused or has not been properly pumped to remove the sludge and scum that builds up, the tank can become clogged and may overflow.

Flooded drain field

An overflow in the drain field increases the cost of a septic tank pumping. The drain field is an underground region where partially decomposed waste water is further broken down before being released into the soil. If your septic tank is overflowing, the sewage overflows into the drain field causing wastewater to potentially break through the ground surface level. Not only does this smell bad and pose a health risk, it makes the job of pumping a tank more challenging because the pros have to unclog the tank, drain out the excess surface water and unclog your pipes to get your system operating again.

Pro tip:

  • Don’t flush anything but toilet paper, and avoid putting food down the garbage disposal. These practices will help reduce the need for tank pumping because your septic system won’t become clogged or have to work as hard to break down foreign objects.

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