Septic tank service pricing in Atlanta, GA

I was mowing the lawn today, and discovered a very soggy spot. right where the sepric tank is supposed to be. I did some probing to locate the tank, then drained a half-full bathtub as a test. Result: Mini-geysers from some of the holes I made.
Looks like my 21-year-old tank isn't draining. I've never had it pumped out, since I didn't believe a single user would fill it up.
I have a service company coming out tomorrow to check it out. Best case:: The tank is full of solids, blocking the outlet. Worst case: Tree roots (lots of trees) have clogged the field pipes.
Any ideas on what I might expect to pay for either case, a pump-out or a new leach field.
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Doug Warner wrote:

probably just a grease clog at the inlet to the tank.
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On Sat, 23 Jul 2005 22:14:37 -0400, Doug Warner

Truly amazing that folks will come here & ask for prices. Think about it. We can't see the situation from here.
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I agree. If the guy called a company why didn't he ask them? Some people got no brains. By the way, how much does a new brain cost, including installation? .......... :)
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Idea on price?
Somewhere between $250 and $700 for a pump out. From your description, it's going to be more than a pump out.
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I suspect the following,
Solids have migrated into the leech field piping, blocking the ability of fluids to be fed to the field.
Probably have to abandon the exsisting leech field or dig it up and replace with new field plus find someone to pump out 21 years of dense, compacted solids from the tank.
$10k to $20k in my neck of the woods.
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Well, sport, spend the $200 (or so) to get the tank pumped out. At worse, it will buy you a little time while you seek bids for the system replacement. Getting the "solids" broken up and pumped is part of the basic service. Basically, they pump out, break up whats left, pump back in, break up, pump out and repeat as necessary. You can add water with a hose if there isn't enough liquid left to pump.
Lately, it seems that "they" have requred "gold plating" of the systems. For example, the up hill side is required to have interceptor drains which divert rain water to below the level of the disposal field pipes.
Even so, if you soil consitions are near "normal" it should be hard to spend more than $10k.

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