Memphis septic tank expert discusses installation and cost
Who we talked to
For 22 years, Earle and Linda Beaty have gotten their hands dirty. "We don't know how to do anything else," Linda says. "Earle loves playing in the dirt and we both grew up on farms." When they built their home 22 years ago, there was only one man in Memphis installing septic tanks. Earle knew one man couldn't do it forever.
Why do homeowners choose a septic tank?
"A lot of times, they don't have any choice. It doesn't matter if you're building a 4-acre lot, pool house or a small hunting cabin; there are no limitations to having one installed. In a rural area there aren't any sewers. If you are building a new home, it's desirable to be on a sewer line but chances are the city won't pay and the developer won't spend the money."
How do you prepare your home for installation?
"When Earle goes out, he lays out everything. The plumbing has to be stubbed out ... everything is decided before they start the house. First he sets the tank, digs the trenches, lays the pipe, gets the inspection and covers that puppy up! You can't put septic fields near trees. Some homeowners will say they don't want their tree cut down, but sometimes we have to sacrifice trees. But Earle works with homeowners with special landscaping needs."
How do you know it's working properly?
"If your toilet doesn't get backed up. If it's working right, you'll never know you got a septic."
How much does it cost?
"The price is determined by how many field lines you have in your home. You can determine field lines by the number of bedrooms. If your new home lot has difficult soil or an unusual layout, you may need to install a more complex septic system, which can cost $25,000 or more. The average price is anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000. But you get your money's worth. B. Because they're made out of concrete, it's like a burial vault with a lid. They They can last forever as long as you don't drive a truck over it."