As a family owned business, our goal is to provide the highest quality septic and onsite wastewater treatment systems (owts) at the lowest possible price. We have fantastic relationships with parts, materials, and design suppliers, allowing us to pass immediate savings on to you.
Regardless of whether you require a standard tank and leach field or a complex custom dosing solution, we design and build septic systems that meet every need.
Currently serving Pagosa Springs, Chromo, Arboles, Bayfield, Ignacio and Durango areas.
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Septic systems are underground wastewater treatment structures that use a combination of nature and technology to treat wastewater. A typical septic system consists of a septic tank and a drainfield, or soil absorption field. The septic tank digests organic matter and separates floatable matter (e.g., oils and grease) and solids from the wastewater. Soil-based systems discharge the liquid (known as effluent) from the septic tank into a series of perforated pipes buried in a leach field, chambers, or other special units designed to slowly release the effluent into the soil.
We build septic systems custom tailored to fit your particular location and soil profile.
Consisting of a septic tank and a gravel packed trench or bed drainfield, a conventional septic system is typically installed at a single-family home or small business. The gravel/stone drainfield systems have been in use for decades, but are relatively large in overall footprint and may not be suitable for all residential sites or conditions. Effluent filters through the stone and is then further treated by microbes once it reaches the soil below the gravel/stone trench.
The gold standard for conventional gravity-fed septic systems for over 30 years. These systems consist of a set of connected chambers. Pipes carry waste from the septic tank to the chambers, and inside the chambers microbes on or near the soil treat the effluent. The area around and above the chambers is filled with soil.
Some engineers require effluent to be slowly dosed to the field at regular intervals. The main advantage of the drip distribution system is that no large mound of soil is needed as the drip laterals are inserted into the top 6 to 12 inches of soil. The disadvantage of the drip distribution system is that it requires a large dose tank after the septic tank to accommodate the timed dose delivery of wastewater to the drip absorption area. Additional components, such as electrical power, are necessary for this system, requiring an added expense and increased maintenance.
Mound systems may be the right option in areas with shallow soil, high groundwater, or shallow bedrock. A sand mound contains a drainfield trench. Effluent from the septic tank flows to a pump chamber where it is dosed to the mound. Treatment of the effluent occurs as it discharges to the trench and filters through the sand, and then disperses into the native soil. Mound systems require a substantial amount of space and periodic maintenance.
An aerobic system forces oxygen into the treatment tank. Additional oxygen increases bacterial activity in the system, providing additional treatment for nutrients in the effluent. Some aerobic systems require a pretreatment tank and a final treatment tank. The benefits of this system are they can be used on smaller lots, in inadequate soil conditions, in areas where the water table is too high, or for homes close to surface water. Regular life-time maintenance should be expected.
Sand filter systems can be built above or below ground. Effluent flows from the septic tank to a pump chamber. It is then pumped under low pressure through pipes at the top of the filter. The effluent leaves the pipes and is treated as it filters through the sand, discharging to the drainfield. Sand filters provide a high level of treatment and are good for sites with high water tables or that are close to water bodies, but they are more expensive than a conventional septic system.
A decentralized treatment system that collects wastewater from two or more buildings and conveys it to a treatment and dispersal system located on a suitable site nearby. It is common to find cluster systems in rural subdivisions.
Septic system cost estimates are calculated by adding plans + parts + materials + labor.
We do not make any money on parts. We give you a copy of our wholesale receipt, and you get to start saving immediately. That being said, the equipment necessary to build a standard 2 bed system, with a tank, leveled distribution system, and chamber infiltrators normally costs around $8000.
We similarly do not make any money on necessary fill material. You only pay what we pay. Code compliant backfill materials for the system described above, trucked in from local gravel pits, normally cost around $3000.
Labor, which includes excavation, assembly, leveling, inspection, backfill, and grading for water diversion, normally costs around $8000.
If you require engineered designs for code compliance due to soil type or limiting barriers, an engineered plan for the system described above normally costs around $1300.
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We can tailor a septic solution for every property, even if you've been told in the past that it wasn't possible.
We normally complete all installations within two weeks of contract agreement. Get the septic you need now, done now.
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