Specialized Septic System Installer

Welcome to Ace’s Garden, where professionalism meets precision as a top specialized septic system installer for the state of Colorado (and beyond when necessary). In this guide we cover installation steps and costs, as well as differences between these specialized septic systems and the materials they use.

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Specialized Septic System Installer

Conventional vs Engineered Septic Install

If you are new to septic its important to understand there are many different system types, all of which accomplish the same goal; safely handling waste from your home or business. A conventional system and an engineered system share many of the same components, but the way the systems work and the cost to install them is very different.

A septic system, unlike connecting to a municipal sewer line that feeds into a much larger system with your neighbors, is designed specifically for your home or building. In a conventional system you have a tank and a drainfield just like an engineered septic, but the complexity of those parts is completely different between the two systems.

A conventional system uses less parts in the drainfield. This is usually do to a favorable soil profile that allows for proper drainage. Rocky and clay soils do not drain well. In simple form, that means you have to add parts and materials to the drainfield for it to work properly. Those additional parts and materials not only cost more to buy, but take more labor to install too.

ATU Septic System Cost

The cost to install an advanced treatment unit (ATU) varies greatly by engineer design. ATUs, also called aerobic treatment units, function as small biological treatment systems. Installers use them to elevate wastewater treatment to a higher degree compared to conventional systems. The cost of installation, which is covered in detail in Ace’s Septic Install Cost Guide, is higher due to parts and labor to install those parts for your septic system to function properly.

In Colorado, for 2024, the cost for a small ATU septic system starts under $20,000. However, it goes up in cost quickly as system size increases. Talk with your septic design engineer about how to keep costs down for your system.

Sewage Pump Installation

Some septic systems that cannot be gravity fed will require a specialized pump. There are a lot of setback requirements for septic systems, which can sometimes force you to place your tanks and drainfield uphill from your home or business. In these situations a pump will push the waste to your tanks and into the drainfield like a conventional system.

Sewage pumps vary in cost depending on how much horsepower they have. A small unit will start around $500 while larger pumps cost several thousand dollars. The good news is, once installed these pumps usually last as long or longer than your tank or drainfield.

Sewage Tank Installation

Your septic tank, or sewage tank as it is often called, is installed underground. Some specialized septic systems require multiple tanks that are 500-1,500 gallons each. To ensure proper flow, it is crucial your sewage tank installation is completely level, or within the margin of slope defined by your engineering design.

Use an excavator to dig a hole larger than your tank. Once the tank is in place, and the surrounding components are installed, backfill the hole. Ensure access to the tank for inspections and repairs via a manhole as a requirement from the Colorado Department of Health. Depending how far below grade your tank is, this may require the additional installation cost of adding risers to ensure accessibility.

Precast vs Plastic Polyethylene Septic Tanks

There is a lot of debate amongst septic suppliers regarding which type of tank is best. Here are a few pros and cons for each, followed by Ace’s take on which tank is best for your system.

Plastic Septic Tank Installation

Pros: Lightweight and easy to move relative to precast. Extremely durable and maintenance free.

Cons: Even though materials and labor costs to manufacture and move plastic tanks should be less than precast, the final sale price from suppliers is often much higher. While the pricing seems suspect, its important to know these tanks have seen increased demand in recent years. The increased demand is directly related to the pros listed above.

Precast Septic Tank Install

Pros: Precast septic tanks cost less than plastic polyethylene. Septic installers have used them for decades, proving their reliability over time. Their watertight and heavy duty construction makes them less prone to damage if you accidently drive across your septic field.

Cons: These tanks are extremely heavy which makes them difficult to move. If your installation is taking place with limited space a precast septic tank may not be an option. They require a special piece of equipment to set in place.

As a specialized septic system installer, our take is both tanks serve a purpose depending on engineer designs and budget.

Mound Septic System Contractor Colorado

Ace’s Garden is a contractor that specializes in mount septic system installation in Colorado. Engineers use mound septic systems in areas with shallow soil depth, high groundwater, or shallow bedrock. In other words, a mound system drainfield is installed above grade then covered. This creates a large mound with access ports coming out of it for system inspection.

The main purpose of a mount septic system is additional treatment to the wastewater before it enters the natural environment.

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