What does a septic tank replacement cost?

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Written by Sam Warren

You've noticed some unpleasant smells in your back garden. You might have even been told by your septic tank emptying company that your tank is damaged and needs to be replaced. Unfortunately, septic tank problems can be trouble both for your nose and your bank balance. So you're probably wondering, what does a septic tank replacement cost?

Let's be honest, no one dreams of spending their hard earned savings on a shiny new septic tank. But by the same token, no one wants to live without a properly functioning drainage system. Septic tank problems can range from nasty niffs through to waste water pooling in your garden, so it's best to get things dealt with as soon as possible.

What will my septic tank replacement cost?

There's no straightforward answer to the question of 'how much does a septic tank replacement cost'. I know, I know, that's the only reason that you're reading this, is to find out the answer! But before you disappear in search of a better answer, I might have some good news for you. You see, it all depends on why your septic tank needs replacement. There's a chance that our team might be able to get you a replacement septic tank for the cost of your buildings insurance excess - typically around £100. Hopefully, that sounds a lot more palatable!

Here at UKDP, we are the only UK specialists in managing insurance claims for damaged septic tanks, cesspits, sewage treatment plants and soakaway systems. Pretty niche, right? But if your septic tank is damaged, you have come to the right place! Most people don't realise that the majority of buildings insurance policies provide cover for damaged drainage systems, you don't need to have any specific septic tank insurance in place. The trick is in knowing what is and isn't covered, and how best to present the information to insurers. Let's not forget needing to make sure that any works undertaken are compliant with any legislation. Luckily for you, we do this every day, and we like to think we're really quite good at it.

What type of damage is covered by buildings insurance?

So what type of damage is covered? It's things like splits in the walls of the tank, tree root damage, broken baffles and dip pipes (sorry, got a bit technical there). If your tank has suffered some sort of physical damage, give us a call and we can let you know whether it's likely to be covered by your buildings insurance.

If it is, we can pop out to take a look, and we can manage everything for you from start to finish. Even better, there is no cost to you other than any excess on your policy. Sounds good? Get in touch, we'd love to chat septic tanks with you.

If your tank isn't damaged, and you're looking to replace it for another reason such as extending a property, that wouldn't be covered. How much it will cost will depend on various different things, such as:

  • the size and make of the tank
  • the ground conditions at the property
  • whether the septic tank replacement needs a drainage field or other outlet installing

The actual cost of a septic tank replacement will, of course, be more than the cost of the tank itself, but how much more depends on the above factors. If your tank is damaged, call us today and we'll get things sorted for you as soon as possible.

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Written by Sam Warren

Sam's career prior to UKDP was spent in the marketing and service industries, so she is focused on making sure we look after our customers – and getting the UKDP message out there! Sam has overall responsibility for business operations and for delivering the best customer service we can.

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