How Many Years Does a Septic Tank Last?

- Thursday, March 09, 2023
Morse Engineering and Construction

The longevity of your septic tank will depend on the material used and how well maintained the tank is. With proper installation, inspections and pumping, septic tanks can be expected to last between 20 and 30 years. Some high-quality concrete tanks can even last beyond 40 years.

In the past, it was more common to use steel for septic tanks. However, that practice has since lost favor because steel is prone to rust and may eventually crumble. If your home has an existing steel tank, it’s likely old and in need of replacement.

How do I maintain my septic tank?

Septic service providers can perform inspections and pump your septic tank as needed. Between servicing, you can limit the wear and tear on your septic system by only flushing toilet paper and human waste down the toilet. The EPA also recommends not pouring chemicals down the drain, using trash cans instead of garbage disposals and being conscious of how the land on your drainage field is used.

For more information or information on septic installation or inspection, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.