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Reged: 04/15/12
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Loc: Spotsylvania
Septic Pump Replacement Cost
      #1679564 - 04/15/12 08:47 PM (

Has anyone here replaced the pump in their effluent tank (the 2nd tank - right before it goes out to the field) recently? Ours failed late last week and we called the local company that we have used once before (to replace a float in the same tank). After spending 10 minutes checking the wiring and then pulling the existing pump out of the tank he informed me it would be $1300 to replace it. I do believe that the pump is the cause of the problem, but this price seems exorbitant. I have found the exact same model online (Zoeller 98-0002) for around $200-$225 shipped, so that works out to over $1000 in labor for what I believe will be 20-30 minutes effort.

I've asked him to hold off on coming on Monday as originally planned while I call around, and he has asked me to leave a check for $300 to pay for his visit on Friday -- again a price that seems excessive (for 15 minutes of effort, and he came over 24 hours after we initially called so he did not drop everything to come out). Admittedly, I did not ask for a price ahead of time so I am not planning on disputing the cost up to this point, even though I feel like I should.

I would appreciate any figures if you have recently replaced a pump like this (as in, paid a licensed person to come with the part and replace it). I asked the gentleman the breakdown of the part and labor and told him I was able to find it for under $300, and he informed me that the part price was accurate but due to the licensing and hazardous nature of their jobs that $1300 total is just the going rate.

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Loc: hartwood
Re: Septic Pump Replacement Cost [Re: bryan1436]
      #1679568 - 04/15/12 10:26 PM (

pay him to pump out tank replace it yourself. you can do it without a pump out but its easier and cleaner if the tank is empty. use the special wirenuts and its a 1/2 hour job. his price is the going rate that most places charge and its the license insurance and getting to play in the nasty water etc that drive that don't be afraid to replace the rubber fernco coupling if it seems weak. mine was 20 years old and still fine

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Re: Septic Pump Replacement Cost [Re: cassandra&sarasdaddy]
      #1679617 - 04/16/12 12:44 PM (

Thanks -- I purchased the pump for $200 (shipped) and will give this a shot in two days when this comes in.

It's amazing to me that this rate of over $1000/hr for septic labor is not unusual.

After he picked the check up this morning he actually placed the non-functional pump back in the tank (he had pulled it out on Friday and left it next to the cover -- that is why I owed him $300 for his effort up to this point).

What a frustrating experience.. Thanks again for the advice!

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