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What is the average life expectancy of a septic tank system?
Sunday, December 29, 2019
How long does a septic tank system last?
You can expect your septic system to last about 25 to 40 years, with an average of 30 years. But if it is poorly installed, in a location with poor soil percolation, not pumped regularly, or has trees too close, your septic system can fail sooner. There are essentially two parts to the system, tank and drainfield, and either one can cause a problem with the other if not functioning properly. Signs your system is acting up include wet soil or puddling water above the drainfield, grass that is greener over the drainfield, drain backups, or sewage smells.
Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful?
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Field Guide for Home Inspectors, a quick reference for finding the age of 154 brands of HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical panels, plus 210 code standards for site-built and manufactured homes, and the life expectancy rating of 195 home components. Available at amazon.com for $19.95.
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To learn more about SEPTIC TANK SYSTEMS, see these other blog posts:
NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.
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