Contents (Click To Jump)
- 1 What Is the Process for Septic Tank Installation in Wimberley?
- 2 How Does Permitting Work for Installing Septic Tanks in Wimberley?
- 3 How Much Does Septic Tank Installation Usually Cost in Wimberley?
- 4 What Type of Septic Tank Is Best For Residents in Wimberley?
- 5 How Often Do Homeowners in Wimberley Need to Have Their Septic Tank Inspected?
- 6 Are There Any Rebates Available For Septic Tank Services in Wimberley?
What Is the Process for Septic Tank Installation in Wimberley?
Wimberley is a small town in Hays County, Texas that has a population of only about 3,500 people. It got its start by being a trading post settlement near Cypress Creek in 1848 and some of that history is still visible today in a house that is known as the Winters-Wimberley House, which was built in 1856, despite the flood of 2015 when the river crested along the Blanco River at an estimated 41.5 feet. This is nearly 30-feet higher than the “flood stage” for this area. This can have the potential to cause big problems for the city’s sewers and those of private properties.
Although a rare occurrence, the flood still raises questions as more and more people choose to call Wimberley home, especially regarding ways to improve septic tank installations.
The truth is, the process can be a little tricky if you do not have someone to help make sure it is done right.
- Need to clear your property (at least from the road to where your septic tank will be installed)
- Need to choose your septic tank placement (away from wells and natural water sources)
- Have perc testing or soil testing done to show soil permeability
- Get the right permits
- Excavation of the septic tank area
- Install a tank of an appropriate size and type
If you are setting up a new connection, and it is within 150 feet of the city’s existing or proposed sewer system or facilities, you shall be connected with the city sewer system, as per Sec. 12.02.072. This means you will have to follow state laws, city plumbing codes, and regulations at all times. These regulations and Requirements for Use according to Sec. 12.02.073 are:
- That you comply with ordinances now in force and those that may come later.
- You should never connect to the city’s sewer until the connection is approved and supervision is available.
- No metering or sale of the city’s sewer service is allowed.
- Only hire licensed plumbers like Mr. Blue Plumbing to make sewer connections.
- You should make sure that all lines and connections are in good working order.
- Failure to maintain will mean the city can make repairs. This could result in a lien on your property and disconnection from the city’s sewers.
- You should never allow surface or drain water to enter sanitary sewers.
How Does Permitting Work for Installing Septic Tanks in Wimberley?
According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, you may not need a permit for On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSF) if you:
- Are installing a septic system for a single-family residence with more than 10 acres of land
- Will not be causing a nuisance or polluting groundwater
- All parts of the OSSF is 100-feet from a property line
- Have effluent disposed of on the property
- And a single-family residence is the only dwelling on the property
To find out if you need a permit for your particular property and septic installation, you will want to contact the Authorized Agent for the City of Wimberley, Kyle Dehart.
How Much Does Septic Tank Installation Usually Cost in Wimberley?
In Wimberley, Texas, you should expect to spend between $3,500.00 and $6,400.00 to have your septic tank installed. Most homeowners spend right at $5,350.00. Your expected cost for installation may increase or decrease depending on several factors, such as:
Cost Factor: Soil Type and Perc Tests
In a perfect situation, you will have well-draining soils where you plan to install your septic system. If it drains well, it will filter wastewater more effectively. Poor soil, like much of the clay-rich soil in Texas, will mean that drain lines have to be extended, which means more labor and material.
In Hays County and the Wimberley area, you will find predominantly:
- Brackett-Rock Outcrop Comfort Complex and Brackett-Rock Outcrop-Real Complex – the Brackett series soils are generally well-drained soils.
- Bolar Clay Loam – this is also from a well-drained soil series.
- Anhalt Clay – this is well-drained, slowly permeable soil that has limestone under it.
- Denton Silty Clay, Moist – a well-drained soil that is deep.
Even though there is a lot of clay soil, your septic installation in Wimberley should go smoothly since it is well-draining. However, every area and every property is unique. There may be other issues that may come up depending on your area.
Cost Factor: Ease of Access
An easy septic installation requires a flat, cleared space. With all the hills around Hays County, this can be tricky for some property owners. If the septic tank has to be installed on uneven ground, your price will increase. If the property has not been cleared, your price will likely increase.
Luckily, most homeowners can tackle land clearing and ensure that the site is easy to get to before our crew shows up. This can keep your cost lower.
Cost Factor: The System You Need
Septic tanks are not all created equal, though they do all handle the same task. Aerobic or Anaerobic systems may be required in your area, again depending on your soil and situation. Aerobic systems are more expensive because they require more equipment and they are more complicated to install. Your price for the installation will greatly depend on the cost and complexity of the installation.
What Type of Septic Tank Is Best For Residents in Wimberley?
Before choosing the type of septic system you should have, you must first decide what you are looking for. In Texas, residential and/or commercial properties produce less than 5,000 gallons of wastewater per day, and with the entire system being on that property, it is defined as “onsite wastewater systems”. Connecting multiple homes or businesses to a septic system is a “clustered wastewater system” and it will generally produce more than 5,000 gallons of wastewater each day.
There are several types of septic systems. In Hays County, the most commonly considered are:
- Standard Septic Systems: In a standard system, your tank will have two chambers. One allows solid waste to settle. The second holds excess and prepares it for drainage into the drain field or leach field. All wastewater in the tank is in an anaerobic environment. This allows it to disperse into the leach field and become treated through soil percolation. In many parts of Texas, including Wimberley, this is not a good option because of the dense soil type.
- Aerobic Systems: These systems are more advanced and more complex. They speed up the processes that go on inside the tank, then disperse it into the soil using a pressurized pipe instead of gravity. These are the most common septic tank types in Wimberley.
- Low-Pressure Dosage Systems: The low-pressure system treats wastewater and then puts it into the soil several times a day. Your soil will do most of the work. It works well if you have heavy clay soil or shallow soil, which can both be prevalent in Wimberley.
Your personal property will dictate which type of spetic system you need, but in general, you may want to look mostly at these three options.
How Often Do Homeowners in Wimberley Need to Have Their Septic Tank Inspected?
When it comes to OSSF systems, all will require maintenance at some point. As a general rule, basic septic systems will need to be inspected by our professionals every three years. Aerobic systems, since they are more complex, may require them to be checked over more often to prevent issues. At a minimum, you will want to contact us to have them pumped every three to five years.
No matter what system you have, you should definitely have it checked by our professionals if there are issues that are noticeable. Some of the signs of a malfunction are:
- Bright green grass or squishy feeling soil when no rain has fallen
- Wastewater backing up into your home’s drains
- A strong odor around the septic tank or drain fields
In between inspections, you can do your part by taking care of your system. This is best done by watching what goes into your septic tank. You should avoid excessive use of water in a day and make sure that nothing but toilet paper goes into your drains.
The goal is to ensure that the water coming out of your drain field is treated well enough that the soil surrounding it will be able to finish cleaning it. For this, there has to be a balance. Too much water or solid waste can cause clogs, floods, and raw sewage to rise up and soak your lawn. This is something that is unhealthy for everyone.
- Back up into your home and lower healthy oxygen content. This is because of a gas that can build up. Both pets and people may be negatively affected by this.
- Contaminate water. If you have a septic tank issue, it can easily transfer to the groundwater, which can lead to serious health issues for your family. You are urged to avoid drinking your water if you have noticeable septic tank problems.
- Damage your home. A septic leak may seem like it is something that is confined to the outside, but it isn’t. If your septic tank is near your home, the flooding could negatively affect your foundation. It also comes with further complications sometimes due to the “waste” aspect of it being hazardous to anyone who may be repairing it.
Are There Any Rebates Available For Septic Tank Services in Wimberley?
According to §6.02. Water Conservation, you may be eligible for some tax breaks in Hays County. There may also be refunds for doing your best to conserve water or your septic system. You will be able to get the benefits you are owed if you have:
- Toilets selected from the City of Austin’s Water Conservation Programs list; or
- Low flow showerheads that do not exceed 2.75gpm
Although this isn’t directly related to your septic tank services in Wimberley, it can still benefit you.
Whether you are using the City of Wimberly’s sewer or your private OSSF, you will want to do all that you can to ensure it stays in good working condition. Otherwise, it can really make a mess of things. When in doubt, it is always best to contact the city or us to get answers to your biggest questions.