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.

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.