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After I wash several loads of wash, there is a gurgle noise that comes from my downstairs toilet, is this anything to worry about?

Can I repair my leaking septic field?

How much does it cost to replace my septic system?

What dictates the cost of installing a septic system?

What is the cost of engineering for a septic system?

What is the average cost of a septic system?

Can I sell my older house with a cesspool, or do I have to replace it?

What is the life expectancy of a septic system?







Q. After I wash several loads of wash, there is a gurgle noise that comes from my downstairs toilet, is this anything to worry about?

A. I would not worry, but I would be concerned. The problem is common in septic systems that are starting to show their age. When septic water (effluent) leaves your house, it goes into a septic tank, where primary treatment takes place. It then goes in a disposal field where secondary treatment takes place. When more effluent comes into the disposal field than the field can discharge, water backs up into the septic tank, and holds back the water that is leaving your house. Therefore when your toilet flushes, the water cannot leave as quickly as it should, and it gurgles. CALL A QUALIFIED SEPTIC CONTRACTOR.

Q. Can I repair my leaking septic field?

A. In most cases, not without a permit from your County Health Dept. It is illegal to alter or repair without first notifying your County Health Dept.

Q. How much does it cost to replace my septic system?

A. It is necessary first to have a septic system design, that was approved by the local County Health Dept. They can offer assistance in procedures, but cannot recommend engineers. Remember that the engineer must be N.J. licensed. It is best to have a local engineer, and one that limits his practice to septic systems.

Q. What dictates the cost of installing a septic system?

A. 1. The soils in which the septic system is installed is the most important factor effecting price. 2. The number of bedrooms is the next concern. 3. Installing the septic with minimum of five feet to seasonal high water is next.

Q. What is the cost of engineering for a septic system?

A. Design cost can vary just as installation of the system. 1. It is necessary to have a topographic survey. 2. Have a backhoe dig two (min.) test pits 12 feet deep (min). 3. Have a site evaluator and the County Inspector witness the test pits. 4. Have engineer design and submit it to the County for approval. (This takes on average six weeks, and the cost could range from $1500.00 to $3000.00 depending on complexity of your design and the engineer.

Q. What is the average cost of a septic system?

A. The Average cost for a 4 bedroom design and construction is $9000.00. This includes a four foot soil replacement. Pump, mound and restoration of trees and lawn are not included.

Q. Can I sell my older house with a cesspool, or do I have to replace it?

A. You can sell the property with a cesspool as long as it is not a public health hazard, and a certification of same from an inspection company.

Q. What is the life expectancy of a septic system?

A. Some septic systems will last a lifetime, some systems will last several years. It is very important that you have your septic tank pumped every two years. It is equally important to try spread out washdays, one or two loads per day, than six loads on Saturday. Try to wipe greasy pots and pans first with a paper towel before loading into dishwasher. Make sure you use septic safe paper products, and donŐt flush feminine products into the toilet.


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