Septic Main Installation | Top Homeowner Questions

If the main septic line leading from your home to the city's sewer system fails, you are definitely in for a major task. Even though modern lines are tough enough to withstand years of use, outdated septic lines are often made from cast iron and other corrosive materials that break down over time. It is actually quite common for homeowner's to have to have the septic main replaced by a professional contractor. If you have scheduled a septic main installation project at your home, it is likely that you have some questions you need answered. 

How long will septic main installation take?

​Because the septic main lines are usually located deep beneath the ground, installation can involve trenching and drilling to retrieve old line materials and replacing them with new ones. Therefore, the process could easily take several days to complete. Your toilets and drainage system will be off limits for these few days, so it is a good idea to make arrangements to either stay with someone else or talk to a neighbor nearby about borrowing their facilities as needed. 

How much will it cost to have the septic main replaced?

There are several variable to be considered that can affect your final costs of septic main installation, including the distance from your home to the sewer system and whether trenchless installation methods are used.  Traditional installation can cost between $50 and $250 per foot, while trenchless installation will typically run $60 to $200 per foot. Even though both types of installation cost close to the same per foot, many homeowners prefer trenchless septic main installation, which involves using drilling methods to remove the old pipe and run a new line in its place. 

Will the contractor have to do any work inside of your home?

In most cases, the contractor who performs the septic installation will not have to come inside of the house to complete the job. The only exception will be if your main septic line starts in the lowest level of the house, such as in the basement, and leads outside. 

Even though facing an impending septic main installation project can feel a little overwhelming, when you know what to expect you will feel a lot better about the whole process. For more information about septic main installation, be sure to talk to your chosen contractor in advance with any questions and concerns you have. 

For more information, contact a company like Claggett & Sons Inc.