Find a septic tank system installer in San Francisco, CA

Find septic tank system installers in San Francisco, CA

Find septic tank system installers in San Francisco, CA

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Find septic tank system installers in San Francisco, CA

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Top 10 septic tank system installers in San Francisco, CA

Homeowners agree: these San Francisco septic tank system installers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Deleon Plumbing & Gas

Deleon Plumbing & Gas

5.0(1)
1 hire on HomeGuide
7+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Melanie H. says, "Dany was quick to answer my request, giving me a call instead of just texting an answer. We spoke briefly about the problem and he manage to find the time to come on the same day! Was able to pay through paypal, which is event better during our times of social distancing. " Read more
Innovation Plumbing And Rooter Dba HBR CONSTRUCTION

Innovation Plumbing And Rooter Dba HBR CONSTRUCTION

4.9Exceptional(19)
Offers online services
28 hires on HomeGuide
8+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Mrs. Judy L. says, "Agreed to a price and charged correctly for a fine job. Very professional attitude. Judy P" Read more
Flash Plumbing

Flash Plumbing

4.9Exceptional(8)
9 hires on HomeGuide
14+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Ylond M. says, "Good communicator! Did a great job, fixed my plumbing issues in a timely manner. Very professional." Read more
Caromaster  Builders Inc.

Caromaster Builders Inc.

New on HomeGuide
32+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Specialized in Hillside Construction
East Bay Rooter And Plumbing

East Bay Rooter And Plumbing

New on HomeGuide
11+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
We provide free estmates and sewer video inspections.
URBAN COWBOY CONSTRUCTION&PLUMBING

URBAN COWBOY CONSTRUCTION&PLUMBING

5.0Exceptional(8)
3 hires on HomeGuide
12+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Michael H. says, "Seems honest and well priced. Seems like a good nice guy which is important to me. Will be using him again. " Read more
Caro Construction

Caro Construction

New on HomeGuide
32+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Hillside Construction I had built approx 50 homes from ground up in Oakland hills since 1990. Contractor license # 646012 C 36 Plumbing, C20- HVAC, C10-Electrical Wk,
Sugar Bear Plumbing Inc

Sugar Bear Plumbing Inc

New on HomeGuide
23+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
“One Happy Customer at a time” Professional Experience Plumbing Technician and Plumbing Installers ready to serve our customers do it right the first time since 2001
JPC Rooter & Plumbing

JPC Rooter & Plumbing

New on HomeGuide
17+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
JPC Rooter & Plumbing, founded in 2007, serves the Hayward, CA area and its surroundings. They pride themselves on their reliability, excellent communication, integrity, and high-quality work. With a focus on customer education and satisfaction, they use their extensive industry expertise to deliver top-notch services. No job is too big or too small for them - each project is important and deserves their best effort. Trust JPC Rooter & Plumbing to take care of your needs with honesty and dedication.
AB Plumbing

AB Plumbing

New on HomeGuide
21+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Based in the San Francisco’s Bay Area, AB Plumbing was established in 2003 with over 15 years of industry experience. We take pride in our experienced and knowledgeable professionals, as well as the high standards that we hold ourselves to. AB Plumbing is the most honest and reliable plumbing service in the area. It is our mission to establish a long lasting relationship with each and every one of our clients by demonstrating excellent workmanship, maintenance, and flawless attention to detail....

Your Septic System Installation or Replacement questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on HomeGuide.

How much do septic tank systems cost?

Conventional septic tank systems cost $3,500 to $8,500 to install the systems people are most familiar with. These conventional systems are primarily gravity fed and use anaerobic bacteria to break down solid waste in the tank.

The system consists of a septic tank, a drainfield, and 3 feet of native soil beneath the drainfield. A septic tank is a large, underground container that treats wastewater from rural homes that are not connected to a municipal sewer system. A drainfield, also called a leach field, is the area of land where the wastewater is dispersed and treated. The drainfield is made up of a series of perforated pipes buried in the ground and surrounded by gravel or sand which filter the wastewater.

How does a septic tank system work?

A traditional septic tank system works by collecting waste in the septic tank, then letting gravity separate the waste into scum, sludge, and effluent.

  • Scum is lightweight waste like grease, oil, and fats that float to the top.
  • Sludge are heavy solids like bones and soil that settle on the tank's bottom.
  • Effluent is the clear liquid wastewater left after the scum floats and the sludge settles.

Bacteria in the tank breaks down the solid waste on the bottom, while the effluent liquids travel out of the tank into the drainfield.

What is an alternative septic system?

An alternative septic system is designed to deal with homesites with limited space or poor soil, when a drainfield is not a viable option. The most common alternative septic systems include:

  • Chambered system – Uses a series of buried plastic chambers to treat wastewater.
  • Constructed wetland system – Uses plants to absorb nutrients in the wastewater and help filter out the solids.
  • Drip distribution system – Uses a series of drip emitters to evenly disperse the treated effluent wastewater from the septic tank to the leach field.
  • Evapotranspiration system – Uses a drainfield lined with watertight material. As the effluent enters the drainfield, it evaporates into the air, never reaching the groundwater.

Choosing the right system depends on where you live, the condition of your soil, and your budget.

How do you maintain a septic tank system?

Septic tank maintenance is easy and inexpensive and comes down to these 4 essentials:

  • Inspect and pump regularly – Schedule professional pumping services every 3 to 5 years.
  • Use water efficiently – The less water you use, the less water enters the septic system. Reduce water usage by taking shorter showers and washing clothes only when you have a full load.
  • Properly dispose of waste – Everything you flush down the toilet or pour down the sink eventually ends up in your septic system. Avoid flushing anything but toilet paper and don't pour chemicals or grease down the drain.
  • Protect your drainfield – Do not park or drive over your drainfield to prevent damaging the system. Plant trees far away to keep roots from growing into the septic.

How many years does a septic tank last?

A concrete septic tank can last for 20 to 30 years with proper maintenance, depending on the tank material. Concrete tanks are the most expensive but the longest lasting tanks available. Other factors that can impact the lifespan of a septic tank include the quality of the tank, the soil conditions, and the usage.

Heavily used septic systems tend will likely need repairs or replacement sooner than rarely used systems. A septic tank in a household of 1 or 2 people will almost always last longer than one used by a large family.

What questions should I ask a septic tank installer?

Before you contract with a septic tank installer near you, ask these important questions:

  • Is your company licensed, bonded, and insured for septic work?
  • Are you a member of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA)?
  • How many years have you been installing septic systems?
  • Does your estimate include permits, inspections, and site prep?
  • What type of tank do you recommend for my property and soil conditions?
  • What size tank do you recommend for my household?
  • What guarantee do you offer on your labor?

How do I choose a septic tank installer?

HomeGuide has a great list of septic tank installers near you to choose from. When making your final list of installers to contact, don't forget to:

  • Get estimates from 3 or more septic companies with years of septic system installation experience in your area.
  • Select from septic companies that are members NOWRA.
  • Check out the recent company reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
  • Request everything in writing, including a detailed estimate, contract, and warranty information before starting the project.
  • Confirm that the installer has the right permits and follows all local municipality laws and building codes.

Reviews for San Francisco septic tank system installers

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
Juan O.
Very professional. Replaced the water heater in no time. Very clean work
Innovation Plumbing and Rooter dba HBR CONSTRUCTION
Marvin D.
Excellent, timely and on budget
Flash Plumbing
Jane G.
His company was able to do a pretty major construction job at my house in a very timely manner. They were professional and honest and very nice to work with. They did a beautiful job on my house which included new windows, doors, painting, roof work, retexturing walls and plumbing/ electrical work. They really can do it all
URBAN COWBOY CONSTRUCTION&PLUMBING
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