Local Septic System Experts

Septic System Installation, Service & Repair You Can Trust in Northern Colorado

Locally owned and operated, we’re fully licensed and insured to install, service and repair all types of self-contained wastewater treatment systems. From routine pumping and inspections, to pipe and septic tank replacements, or designing and installing a new on-site wastewater treatment system (OWTS), you can count on Boonstra Excavation to  professionally handle your septic system.

We are licensed in Loveland, Fort Collins, and across Northern Colorado, including Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Elbert, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Summit, Tri-County, and Weld counties.

Septic System

Our Septic Installation Services

Boonstra Excavation offers reliable expertise when it comes to servicing and installing septic systems of just about any kind. We provide:

  • New septic tank installation, including piping, tanks, risers, alarm, and infiltrator installation
  • Septic pump replacement to code
  • Replacing septic tanks & demolition
  • Permitting, inspecting, and additional septic system logistics
  • 2 year warranty
  • Pay upon completion and customer satisfaction
  • Cistern installation

Along with our septic installation services, we also provide cistern installation. A cistern is a holding tank used for holding potable water. Usually a cistern is installed as storage for someone on a well or for someone that has no well or city water.  

To get a job right on a new or existing septic system, you will want a company who will stick with you until the job is done. Start your septic system project today!

About Septic Pumping

Even the most committed DIY homeowners don’t want to deal with the mess and smell of a septic system. That’s why our expert septic system cleaners are here to help.

We typically recommend performing septic pumping once every 2-5 years. The volume of wastewater and solid waste depends on your household size. As waste arrives inside the tank, it tends to be deposited on the bottom. However, sludge levels will inevitably grow over time, which is why septic pumping is essential. The tank should be pumped to prevent sludge level from rising and contaminating the leach field.

A sewage build-up isn’t just unpleasant. It can be harmful to you and your family’s health. We will get your septic system in line with local health department requirements.

Fixing your Septic Tank Systems
Replacing Your Septic Tanks

Replacing Your Septic Field

Your nose might be able to tell you when it’s time to replace your septic field. But, wouldn’t you rather find out before you notice an obnoxious smell? Septic fields do provide measurable symptoms that indicate the need for replacement. Recognizing the indicators can help you save time, money, and avoid unpleasant home repairs.

Do the grass and plants around your septic field appear healthy and green?

If you responded yes, there’s a good chance that the contents of your septic tank are flowing into the surrounding soil, out of the drain field. After all, human waste may act as a fertilizer.

Is there standing water around the septic tank?

Standing water above the drain field or tank can indicate your septic system is flooded. If you notice standing water around your septic field, the effluent isn’t draining into the leaching material. It’s backing up.

Even when pooling water isn’t visible, water levels can be checked using a probe, or the soil can be examined with the help of an auger, and a septic system expert.

Do your drains and toilets seem to be sluggish or overflowing?

Sluggish drains and toilets aren’t always an indication of superficial clogging. Inside your home, slow drains and backups can involve your septic tank. And the problem can be in almost any part of the system.

A thorough examination of your septic system is often required to locate and deal with the issue.

Locating Your Septic Tank

Sometimes a septic tank location is noted on a public record. But there are times when it’s challenging to locate the septic tank on your own.

In most cases, our approach involves bringing a mini-excavator to locate the tank. This helps us find the area in which your septic tank is buried on your property. We use additional clues, such as where the sewage drain exits your basement, and the positioning of your well. We can quickly pinpoint the location and dig down to the lid based on these and other insights.

Rest easy knowing we’ll find and diagnose your septic problem as soon as possible.

The Standard Gravity Septic System

In Northern Colorado, the standard gravity system is widely used. Because this system involves a slope, which helps waste water exit the home to the septic tank, a gravity system uses no pumps for that purpose.

This makes a gravity system more economical and energy efficient than other systems. Once waste water is in the septic tank, it flows out of the tank into either a header or a D-box which evenly distributes the effluent into the field. 

Do I need a mound system?

If you have a high water table, or a problem with the soil being too impermeable, a septic system usually will not work correctly. As an alternative, we can install a mound system. A mound system is a drain field that allows for the treatment of wastewater under these types of circumstances.

The construction of a new mound system still includes a septic tank. However, effluents are sent to a second tank, distributing the wastewater and partly treating it through the mound sand. When we install a mound system, we put down around 3’ of concrete, before installing the leach field on top of the sand.

Time for a new septic tank
Time for a new septic tank

How Much Does A Septic System Cost?

If any of the issues listed above sound familiar, it might be time to invest in a new septic system or repairs. The cost of a septic system is a frequently asked question, which depends on a lot of factors:

  • What soil type do you have?
  • How many bedrooms are in your house?
  • Where is your septic system located?
  • What size is your property?

We’re happy to help you answer these questions and give you our expert advice. We work with you to ensure the septic tank replacement or repair costs are within your budget before work begins.

We will make sure the process of getting your septic system installed, replaced or cleaned goes smoothly! We have experts in Northern Colorado, including Loveland and Fort Collins. Contact Boonstra Excavation about your septic system.

Some Essential Components of Your Septic System

What is a sand filter?

The sand filter helps filter the effluent before entering the soil. After being pumped out of the tank, wastewater is sprayed above the sand filter where it enters the sand filter.

As the water is filtered, the contaminants stick to the sand and are filtered out. The result is a filtration process that ensures wastewater exiting your home is further treated.

A clear path for the water from your home to the drain field is essential for the septic system to function properly. We can help you ensure this system operates correctly and efficiently, and that there are no issues with draining or treatment.

What is a leach field?

As you wash dishes, do laundry or flush the toilet, your septic system is running constantly. The leach field is a part of the water treatment system, where water exits a distribution box, and enters the soil and the environment.

When use and strain are placed on your septic system, improper maintenance can lead to the leach field becoming saturated over time. We can help you determine if that has happened and your leach field needs attention. Excessive flushing, slower drains, strange draining noises, and wet spots on your yard are potential signs your leach field needs to be examined.

Time for a new septic tank

Start your septic system project today!

We ensure any type of service relating to getting your septic system cleaned, repaired or replaced will be handled expertly by our team. You only have to sit back, relax and then enjoy a functioning septic system for years to come.