When Should You Replace Your Septic System?

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Curious about septic system lifespan and how to determine when to replace it? The answer depends on the age of your septic system and the nature of the problem that has you considering replacement.

General Information

The average septic system’s lifespan is 25 – 30 years. The cost to purchase and install a new system ranges from $5,000 – $15,000. All septic solutions comprise two key parts: a tank and a drainfield (aka leach field). The tank is where waste settles to the bottom, and the drainfield is where the treated wastewater is dispersed. Interesting fact: 20 percent of US households use a septic system, and this number rises to 50 percent in southern states.

To Repair Or Replace

It’s common for your septic system to tell you when it’s time to consider repair or replacement. For example, you may wake up to discover a foul scent in your backyard. Or, your house might experience a sewage backup. When this happens, the first thing you should do is call NexGen Septics, serving California and Hawaii. Whether you have a residential septic system or a commercial septic system, our well-trained team will diagnose the problem and offer a solution.

Sewage in your home

If a backup results in sewage entering your home, the water level in your septic tank should be checked. It’s possible there’s a clog in the pipe connecting the tank to your house. This is something a plumber can fix. There’s also a chance that the pipe is broken. If this is the case, you’re probably looking at a few hundred dollars to remedy the problem.

If the problem lies within the tank itself, you should consider having the tank pumped – a project that runs $200 – $1000 depending on the size of the tank.

Drainfield issues

If the drainfield near your backyard smells bad or is soggy, a septic-tank pumping might solve the problem. Or, temporarily reduce your water usage and see if the drainfield returns to normal. A more serious problem is if the drainfield fails completely. This can happen if the septic tank isn’t pumped regularly, or it can occur when the septic system reaches a certain age.

When To Repair

Standing water in the drainfield, a foul odor in your backyard, or a backup in your home’s plumbing may simply be the result of a broken pipe. Or, depending on the complexity of your septic system, a part or two might require adjusting or replacing. For those people with a standard drainfield, it’s possible that the backup/soggy drainfield is due to a die-off of the bacteria that decomposes the waste because of the lack of oxygen. In this scenario, reducing system usage for a couple of weeks should facilitate bacteria growth and a return to normal functioning.

When To Replace

When a drainfield fails, there’s a good chance it’s beyond repair – which means a new septic system is in order. Whether you need to replace some or all of the system depends on the type of system you have, its age, and the condition of all components.

The passage of time is also cause for replacement. If your septic company provides periodic checkups and maintenance, they’ll tell you if the tank is developing cracks, piping is getting old, etc. Even the best septic systems expire, and eventually, a new setup will be required to ensure your safety and the value of your property.

For more information on septic systems, contact NexGen Septic. Our cutting-edge septic solutions deliver terrific fiscal and operational benefits to homes and businesses in California and Hawaii.

Why Proper Ventilation is Important for Septic Systems

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Proper ventilation is vitally important with any septic systems. Unfortunately, almost every homeowner has at some point smelled the “rotten egg” odor associated with the seeping septic gases that result from improper ventilation. Fortunately, NexGen Septics are here with some ventilation advice to help you avoid this discouraging situation.

Septic Tank Overview

Most septic tanks consist of a large concrete, steel, fiberglass, or poly container of around 1,000 gallons in volume. They are traditional buried underground near a house or commercial building. Connected to this tank are the pipes and toilets located in the nearby structure. When someone in the building flushes a toilet, the waste travels through the pipes and into the tank, where it settles at the bottom and decomposes. Meanwhile, the water flows to the local water treatment facility or a drain field.

A Septic Tank’s Vent

When empty, the septic tank is nothing more than a huge underground cavity that’s comprised mostly of air. The tank and its plumbing system are sealed, which means the air inside is trapped. However, as the tank fills with waste and water run-off, the air needs somewhere to go – otherwise, the pressure it creates will halt the flow of waste and back up the toilets, etc. in the adjacent home. This is why proper venting of a septic tank and the system are crucial. All of the gases are to be vented back through the house and out of the vents in the roof. Eliminating the odors that are often associated with a failing system or lack of ventilation.

Ventilation Speed

Since septic tanks function using gravity and nothing else, the frequency and speed with which air is ventilated depends on how fast the tank fills up – or on the flipside, dries out. But as long as the air has somewhere to go, flowage from the structure to the tank will continue like clockwork (absent some other form of blockage).

Odor Control

Since the odor coming from a septic tank is usually not a chronic problem, some people living or working in the vicinity of a tank are content to deal with periodic foul odors, as long as the system works. However, there are just as many people who would rather not indulge the smell, ever. For this group there are a few odor-control options:

Increasing The Vent Pipe’s Height

As mentioned earlier, the ventilation pipe is responsible for ventilating the air and gases from inside the septic tank. Increasing the height of this pipe makes it possible to release the odors at a higher level, one that ideally sees the ventilated air blown over the structure on a windy day.

Pruning Nearby Trees

Homes and buildings located in wooded areas can sometimes see this natural beauty work against them, in the form of the trees blocking dispersal of the ventilated air and gas. The solution to this problem is to prune nearby trees to open up better “ventilation paths” around the septic system.

Charcoal Vent Filter

This inexpensive solution involves attaching charcoal vent filter to the top of the existing ventilation pipe. A charcoal filter allows air and gases to continue passing through but removes the odor that accompanies them. This vent can also be attached to the home/business’s rooftop ventilation pipe, which serves as a secondary septic ventilation system, pulling odors up and out of the home and doing so above the roof line.

Contact NexGen Septics

For all of your septic system needs, contact NexGen Septics in Rocklin, CA. As a provider of some of the industry’s most advanced septic systems, our experienced team provides insight into septic system installation, maintenance, odor removal, and much more.

NexGen Septic System Products

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As a company at the forefront of innovative water treatment solutions, NexGen Septics provides some of the market’s most innovative septic system products. Let’s look closer at a few of the products that have established us a key player in eco-friendly septic systems for municipal, commercial, and residential applications.


EnviroFin is an inexpensive, easy-to-install, low-maintenance septic system solution that stands as one of the most cost-effective wastewater solutions currently on the market. Whereas the other Alternative Treatment Units available utilize mechanical devices and consume a considerable amount of electricity, EnviroFin’s passive, non-mechanical filtration for wastewater treatment and dispersal operates at a far more economical level in terms of install cost and ongoing maintenance/repairs.

The EnviroFin’s 10-stage treatment process confirms this system’s incredible durability, with the process being repeated over and over with close to zero maintenance needed once the EnviroFin is up and running. Comprised of just five core components, EnviroFin is one of the simplest water treatment solutions ever conceived, and yet its groundbreaking design positions it as an effective system for a huge variety of applications. In fact, EnviroFin’s simplicity renders it especially effective for tough projects such as those in difficult environments or with a zero lot line.

EnviroFin surpasses the water treatment standards established by NSF/ANSI 40, which is no surprise considering that it treats effluent by using passive cleaning technology and naturally-occurring bacteria. The system has already been green-lighted for Maine, Alabama, and New Hampshire, and is already running in California.

Advanced Enviro-Septic System

Similar to EnviroFin, the Advanced Enviro-Septic System from NexGen Septics is adaptable to a variety of needs across commercial, residential, and municipal sectors. And like EnviroFin, this progressive solution utilizes naturally-occurring bacteria to decontaminate effluent before releasing it back into the soil and into the water table.

For evidence of the Advanced Enviro-Septic System’s unparalleled cost-effectiveness, consider that a standard water treatment solution takes 2 – 7 days to install, whereas the Advanced Enviro-Septic System can be setup in as little as eight hours. And while standard solutions almost always require ongoing maintenance (and by extension, ongoing investment), with the Advanced Enviro-Septic System you don’t have to worry about maintenance or monthly fees, or electrical and additives for that matter. The result is an actual cost that’s less than half the expense of a standard water treatment system.

Simple yet sophisticated, the Advanced Enviro-Septic System provides superior longevity and durability while removing up to 99% of wastewater contaminants.


What Exactly is an “Eco-Friendly” Septic System?

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Septic systems have existed for millennia, but we’ve reached a point where an eco-friendly septic system is no longer theoretical, but practical and tangible. So what exactly is an eco-friendly septic systemNexGen Septics in Roseville, CA sheds light on the next generation of wastewater treatment

Eco-Friendly Septic System: Overview

Ideally, an eco-friendly septic system is one that is applicable to a variety of residential, commercial, and municipal needs. Using an innovative technology known as passive treatment, an eco-friendly septic system cultivates naturally-occurring bacteria. This bacteria neutralizes harmful contaminants found in wastewater and then returns the treated water to the environment, where it enters the soil and eventually joins the water table.


An effective eco-friendly septic system is typically comprised of the following components:

●A pipe that integrates ridges and skimmers. The ridges increase the central unit’s surface area, facilitate optimum bacterial growth, and improve cooling. The skimmers, which are found at each perforation in the central unit, have two responsibilities: 1) protect geotextiles and green fibers from clogging, and 2) keep grease and suspended solids from leaving the pipe.

●A special bio-accelerator fabric that sits along the bottom edge of the pipe. This fabric offers several advantages: it screens more solids from wastewater, accelerates and enhances water treatment, and offers additional protection for the outer layers surrounding the pipe.

●A green plastic fiber mat that covers the bio-accelerator fabric. With the fiber mat in place, a huge bacterial treatment area is created – one which not only protects the outermost covering (summarized in the next bullet), but also enhances filtration of suspended solids.

●The outermost covering is a black geotextile that offers yet another protected bacterial treatment surface, as well as a secure surrounding for the pipe and fibers.


The benefits of an eco-friendly septic system are many. Two of the biggest relate to installation time and ongoing maintenance and fees. A “standard” wastewater treatment solution for a four-bedroom home takes upwards of a week to install. This large upfront cost is then joined by required regular maintenance and fees, representing a sizable overall investment. On the other hand, an eco-friendly septic system can be installed in as little as 8 – 12 hours and requires no ongoing maintenance, no periodic additives, no electrical costs, and no monthly fees.

Along with its ability to remove up to 99% of wastewater contaminants, an eco-friendly septic system is considerably smaller than a standard treatment system. This compact size opens up a wealth of opportunities across numerous applications, especially in areas defined by rugged, difficult terrain. Also, the fact that an eco-friendly septic system operates without the need of any moving, mechanical parts equates to superior longevity and durability.

It goes without saying, but an eco-friendly septic system doesn’t rely on toxic chemicals or additives. This makes the system especially appealing to municipalities in the U.S. and Canada that have strict treatment requirements for their water.

The Advanced Enviro-Septic System solution represents the future of wastewater treatment, and few companies no eco-friendly septic systems like NexGen Septics in Roseville. Contact us today for more information on our novel approach, and a free consultation.

The EnviroFin Septic Solution Officially Coming to Hawaii

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First launched in New England, the EnviroFin® Septic System is one of the most robust passive onsite wastewater treatment systems on the market. And as more homeowners and businesses discover the financial, environmental, and maintenance advantages of this patented septic technology, EnviroFin’s popularity has continued to spread nationwide.

And this growing interest isn’t just limited to the continental United States.

A few weeks ago, we wrote an article about how the EnviroFin® Septic System would soon be coming to Hawaii. And after receiving the green light earlier this year, we’re happy to announce that we’ve launched in the Aloha State as of February 2018.

Given all that’s happening in Hawaii at the moment, the timing of this Pacific launch couldn’t be better.

Why Hawaii Needs the EnviroFin® Septic System

Across the country, states are beginning to phase out the use of traditional cesspools and older septic systems. And nowhere is this decommissioning more pronounced than in Hawaii – a relatively small state with surprisingly large waste management challenges.

Outdated cesspools not only continue to threaten drinking water for local residents, but they’ve also started to chip away at the state’s primary source of revenue – i.e. tourism.

And already, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started doling out hefty fines to those who continue to use antiquated septic and cesspool solutions.

To avoid these penalties, protect their citizens, and safeguard the tourism industry, Hawaii is now engaged in an aggressive push to upgrade its current waste management infrastructure with greener and more sustainable alternatives.

By 2050, in fact, the state hopes to phase out all 90,000 of its cesspools that have been identified.

And this is precisely where the EnviroFin® Septic System comes in.

Using a passive wastewater treatment technology, each EnviroFin® unit is able to transform wastewater into 99.98% contaminate free wastewater – all without relying on toxic chemicals or additives. This treatment process not only benefits area residents and vacationers, but it also protects waterways that might normally become contaminated using traditional septic systems or cesspools.

The ecological benefits of EnviroFin® are very clear.

But does it make financial sense to install this septic technology?

Hawaii Will Help Subsidize Your Septic System Upgrade

By mid-century, every residential, commercial, and municipal property throughout the state will need to replace its current cesspool with a more environmentally friendly alternative.

That’s a pretty large (and potentially expensive) undertaking.

The good news is that EnviroFin® is already more affordable than most traditional septic solutions. This is especially true when you factor in the maintenance and upkeep costs associated with non-passive septic technologies.

But there’s even better news.

The Hawaiian government is now offering generous incentives to help with this statewide transition. Under Act 120, the EnviroFin® qualifies for tax credits that can further drive down the already low cost of this powerful septic technology. Each septic system upgrade or replacement is eligible for up to $10,000 in tax relief, making EnviroFin® one of the most cost-effective secondary wastewater treatment technologies on the market.

To learn more about our upcoming Hawaii launch – or to ask questions about the EnviroFin® Septic System – schedule a free consultation with us today.