If you are only concerned with the buying price of a sewage treatment system, then what you pay for getting the system is your actual cost. Now, this price tends to varies from one manufacturer to another.
If you choose to bring the system home, you may also end up paying commissioning, delivery, and servicing costs, in case they are not included. Keeping this fact in mind, you need to know what you are bringing home in terms of value. You may even compare the cost with other models to take an informed decision.
At this point of time, the buyer thinks that this price is the actual cost of the sewage treatment system. However, this is not true. This is because it is only the initial purchase cost of the system, which we often look for while choosing a new plant. It is not the wholesome cost.
Due to this consideration, most users of sewage treatment systems end up spending thousands of dollars more than what they have predicted. These dollars go for installation, pumping out, and maintenance of the sewage treatment system. So, at the time of buying the system, they are the hidden expenses.
Thus, it is wise not to consider the initial buying price of the septic tank system as the total cost at the time of looking for such a system. It is recommended to check out the hidden expenses prior to buying the system. This will help you to save those of thousands of dollars that are inevitably spent later.
So, what makes up the total cost of your sewage treatment plant? Well, it is the buying price plus the hidden expenses, which together give you the real cost of the system. Here are these expenses to consider and add to the buying price to calculate the total cost of your sewage treatment system.
Cost of Tank
A septic tank is an indispensable component of a sewage system, if you opt for septic sewage treatment system. However, the cost of the tank is dependent on the course of the model you choose or buy.
Initially, you may look for some cheaper units. However, in most cases, they end up costing you more in the long run, as their maintenance and fixing charges are really significant if they need to be incurred frequently.
Cost of Installation
Again, this cost is significant, which you simply cannot ignore. Installation charges and other related costs tend to vary drastically from one service provider to another. It is also likely to vary from one location to another.
Even the size of tank or system to be installed and the time it will take to install affect its total outlay. The cost is also subject to the conditions of the site where the system will be installed.
A deep tank demanding a significant amount of concrete will end up increasing your installation cost. This is because you will have to pay separately for the concrete. The demand of concrete will be more even if the site has a high level of ground water.
The installation of the septic system might also involve setting up an electrical system that certainly needs an electrical supply. This means that you will have to call an electrician to whom you need to pay for the service he gives.
While it is not possible to eliminate the installation costs, it is possible to reduce or minimize them. The best way to do so is to choose a sewage treatment system that is easy to install. In simple words, such a system takes less time and efforts to get installed at the desired location.
You may even choose a system that needs no electricity for functioning. For gaining the maximum benefit of cost effectiveness, the system should be compact, installable within a day with a prevalent tank, and workable even with low power/electricity.
Cost of Electricity
If you choose have an electrical system, you would need to incur the electrical cost on regular basis. For a small system, say a 6-person one, the cost of electricity is less than a larger system tends to charge. If possible, choose a non-electric system to bring down the total cost.
Cost of Emptying and Maintenance
It is inevitable to empty the sewage tank regularly to ensure its efficient functioning. However, this procedure of the sewage treatment maintenance is one of the costliest ones. The cost tends to vary as per the volume of tank to be emptied and by a licensed contractor you hire.
Usually, an electrical 5-person plant needs pumping out at least once in a year. This is likely to add to the total cost of the system. This is why it is best to choose a large volume tank so that the frequency of emptying it is less. In this case, the frequency of emptying will depend on the usage and pollution caused.
Maintenance is also inevitable. A few systems need servicing twice a year. So, it is best to choose a system that is simple, has less or no moving parts, and needs once in a year service.