Can you imagine something worse happening to your lawn and your sense of smell than your septic system leaking all that waste? We can’t either. The potential consequences of such an event could be time-consuming, wallet-breaking and potentially hazardous to one’s health. Literally all of your house’s wastewater exits through a pipe to your septic system, so it’s important to know how to prevent such a thing from occurring, what to do in such a dreadful situation and whether or not you are covered.
Is a Septic System Covered by Home Warranty?
Yes, a lot of the potential problems that could arise in your septic system are covered by Choice Home Warranty. The sewage ejector pump, septic tank and line from the house are just a couple of things that are covered in a basic package. There are a few things that we can’t cover however, so be sure to read the fine print.
Septic System Repair with Home Warranty
When figuring out how much a repair will cost, the first thing to do is call Choice Home Warranty at 1-888-531-5403; they are available 24/7 to help with all of your questions. A $60 trade service fee is required for the technician, who will assess your septic system problems and let you know the necessary steps to repair or replace what is broken, and get everything in good working order so that you may flush the toilet again without worry.
Saving on Septic System Repair with Home Warranty
There is obviously some variance on the price, but repairing your septic tank can cost as much as 800 bucks. It could be considerably more if there is damage to any piping, or if you consider the lawn maintenance that will have to be done should there be leaks. Those costs can add up very fast, but if you spend just a fraction of this on a home warranty, your wallet will thank you in the long run.
Taking Care of Your Septic System
A failing septic system is extremely expensive to repair or replace, so proper maintenance could mean the difference between a mild inconvenience and a migraine in terms of the problems you have to deal with. The Environmental Protection Agency and Houselogic have a few tips in order to ensure a properly functioning septic system:
- Pump your system every three to five years. Sure, this service isn’t exactly free but when you compare the cost of this to all-out replacement, it’s a no-brainer.
- If you live in a house with kids, particularly little ones who may just be learning to use the potty, monitor what goes in your toilet and sink. That chemical drain cleaner is also not as beneficial as you think, as it can severely harm the piping.
- Walk across your drainfield during rain season. If you smell sewage, or notice that grass is growing particularly fast in one area, you may have a clog.
Taking these steps to care for a system so essential to the function of your house will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Wondering what other important items are covered by a home warranty? Read our water heater, plumbing and air conditioning posts.