Testing the soil, Designing the new system, and obtaining the Permit, is the first step to install a new septic system or replace a septic system that has failed Steps to Install a New Septic System or Replace a Failing Septic System

  1. The first step in replacing a malfunctioning septic system is to obtain a permit from your township or health department.  In Delaware County the fees vary from township to township.  In Chester County the fee starts at $1,200.  https://forms.chesco.org/iFiller/iFiller.jsp?fref=dd72c6e3915c2d4830e09f68d67baf28  Click link to obtain the link to the Chester County record/riders forms.  We can assist you in obtaining this permit.  The permit is good for 3 years.
  2. The next step is to perform what is called a soil evaluation (deep test).  A backhoe and operator will dig at least two holes approximately 3′ wide, 8′ long and 7′ deep.  This is required by Pennsylvania to determine at what depth to install the new system.
  3. The third step is to perform a percolation test (perc test).  This is also required by the state and tells us how well the ground absorbs water.  This is how we know how large to make the absorption system. Sometimes the percolation test fails and additional tests are required.

Finally, we take all of this preliminary information and design a system to meet the local and state regulatory agencies requirements. A new absorption system will cost $14,000 – $40,000 depending on the type of system needed, which is determined by the testing.

Gravity System  $14,000 – $16,000
Lift Pump System $20,000 – $23,000
Elevated Sand Mound $27,000 – $37,000
At-grade System $30,000 – $40,000
Drip Irrigation System $30,000 – $40,000

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