Septic Tank Cost
Septic Tank Cost - Plastic vs Concrete Septic Tank
If you are installing or having a septic tank installed, you're probably wondering which is better: plastic septic tank vs concrete septic tank. There are a few advantages and disadvantages to both types, so we'll explore the issue to help with an informed decision.
Plastic Septic Tank Cost
The general draw toward plastic septic tanks are the price. They are considerably cheaper than concrete tanks, and require less labor dollars and time to install. They also are much easier to install since they are, after all, plastic as opposed to concrete, and therefore much lighter. Besides cost, they are superior to concrete tanks in some other ways. For instance, they are very resistant to cracking since plastic will expand and and contract without issue. Also, plastic septic tanks cannot rust, and are generally corrosion proof and water tight. Unfortunately, plastic septic tanks are not approved in all states, so some research may be required to find out if they are even an option. Also, in areas where there is a lot of flooding, plastic's lightweight nature works against it, as plastic septic tanks have been known to work their way above ground as mother nature erodes the soil covering them and, the septic tank being lighter than water, moves up to replace it.
Concrete Septic Tank Cost
Sometimes there is no choice. In some areas, the law simply mandates that only concrete septic tanks can be used. Obviously, in this case, the building owner would have to bite the bullet and pay for a concrete septic tank . They are also heavy and extremely difficult to install. Being made of concrete, these septic tanks are very durable and last a long time, provided they do not crack. Concrete is not as flexible as the earth around it so, unlike plastic, concrete is susceptible to cracking, and therefore leaking. However, there is certainly no chance of a concrete septic tank floating!
So which do contractors prefer - plastic or concrete?
Concrete is still the choice for most contractors, mostly due to the fact that they are most familiar with the material. The choice will depend a lot on the area. If it's legal, and area is not subject to a high water table or periodic flooding, a plastic septic tank might be more cost effective. Otherwise, a concrete septic tank will have to be used.
Regardless of material required, septic tank cost can be minimized with a little due diligence. Shop prices a bit and encourage your contractor to do the same.
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