HOW MUCH DOES SEPTIC TANK PUMPING COST?
…And why is there such a difference in price from one septic pumping service provider to another?
Like every other product or service on the market today, costs vary with septic tank pumping. In this article on Kompaerit, sponsored by HomeAdvisor, septic tank pumping varies in cost Nationwide and costs up to $750. Another article found at improvenet.com states that pricing can reach up to $882, with the average cost of septic tank pumping at $363 (at the original date of this article in 2017). In 2013, Angie's List members reported the average septic tank pumping fee was under $300. Nearly 9 years later, you can expect a reputable company to charge more now.
Today, pricing has increased for this service as it has with nearly every other service, but all informative articles do state that, as long as the cost of pumping is reasonable, it far outweighs the expense of replacing a failing septic system caused by neglect. In general, the costs depend upon several factors: Size of tank, location, local waste disposal fees, difficulty of access (depth of tank, tree roots, shrubs and other site conditions), and the quality of service you receive for the price.
How can one pumping company provide better “Quality” service than another?
The answer is simple, we see it in other services, like the following:
Lawn mowing: Is it worth a little extra to have a lawn maintenance company that not only mows the grass, but weed-eats the edges, pulls weeds out of landscape areas, and informs you of pest problems BEFORE they get to the point of killing lawns or shrubs?
Car care: Would you spend a little more for an oil change if you knew the mechanic always checks the fluid levels, brake pads, tire pressure and tread, and overall mechanical health of your vehicle while the hood was up?
Housekeeping: How upset would you be if your housekeeper vacuumed and dusted just the most heavily used areas, and didn’t know or tell you that the sink was leaking? The water soaking into the cabinet and floor could be an easy fix if caught soon enough, but not knowing could create extensive damage.
Gutter cleaning: Would you choose the cheapest gutter cleaner if you knew that he was only going to blow out the leaves he could easily reach, and leave the matted debris that CAUSES the gutters to clog?
A lot of people apparently DO choose the cheapest service providers in many industries (the proof is in the reviews). Since you are reading this article it seems safe to assume that you are more interested in getting the best VALUE for your septic pumping price.
When it comes to pumping, our technicians complete the following tasks at no additional charge to you:
Call when they are on the way to you (upon request)
Dig out the tank (up to 24″ depth)
Pump both sides of the septic tank (if there is a baffle)
Backwash the tank (breaks up solids for a much more thorough cleaning job) – watch our video here
Clean the effluent filter (if there is one)
Provide a basic evaluation of the condition of the system while the lid is off. You may receive a written evaluation upon request.
ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS you have about your tank and the cleaning process!
Here are the company standards that have kept Lentz Septic Tank Service in business since 1958:
Treat people with respect. All employees and representatives of Lentz Septic Tank Service are trained to be respectful of other businesses, people, and their property. This includes the owners treating our employees with respect.
Be honest. If we make a mistake, we communicate honestly and make it right.
Do our job to the best of our ability. We believe in keeping up to date equipment that gives us a competitive edge. Our experienced employees, along with our state-of-the-art equipment, provides us with the tools we need to professionally perform our work efficiently and thoroughly.
Call Lentz Septic Tank Service for current pricing.
We have a flat rate system for homes located in our main service area and set pricing for travelling outside a certain mileage from our business - we strive to keep our costs down and pass along any savings to our customers.
Occasionally, people have a PUMP tank (separate from the septic tank) and there is an additional charge, based on the septage level, for these.
We include locating and digging out a tank that is less than 24” deep. (with very few exceptions). “Surprise Fees” are not our policy – if it appears that there will be a challenge involved with pumping a septic tank, our technicians immediately contact the homeowner and/or Keith Lentz to decide how to proceed. We have more details on our website.