In a septic system, wastewater enters through a chamber into the septic tank. There, solid material settles to the bottom, and scum floats to the top. Liquid then moves through the chamber, carrying the scum into another chamber. Finally, the excess liquid moves out into a drain field. Throughout the process, the waste is anaerobically decomposed.
When it works as intended, a septic tank keeps a property functioning efficiently without the need to hook into city water treatment lines. The average tank should be pumped every three to five years. However, if left untreated, the tank can become too full and overflow, prompting the need for a septic tank inspection and possible repair.
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Common septic tank issues include:
- Detached dividing wall – If the septic tank splits into two compartments, one chamber could trap solid material, causing a system failure.
- Full tank – An overflowing septic tank can reveal an issue with the drain field and its ability to absorb wastewater.
- Wall corrosion – Corroding walls occur when hydrogen sulfide gas becomes trapped in one or more of the compartment tanks. Wall corrosion can lead to leaks and may even require a full replacement of the tank in severe cases.
- Roots – Because the septic tank emits wastewater, plants will start to grow towards the septic unit if it is underground. The roots of large plants such as trees can cause extensive damage.
Does Your Septic Tank Need Repair?
It can be difficult to notice how a septic tank is functioning, primarily because it’s hidden, unlike many other household plumbing items. However, there are some telltale signs that you can keep an eye out for that may indicate your septic tank isn’t working the way it should.
Common warning signs to look for include:
- Pooling water – When water starts to pool on your lawn or field without an obvious explanation, is may be because your septic tank is too full. A professional can pump your tank to fix it.
- Foul odors – A full septic tank will cause the sludge to rise, emitting foul odors around the household or property.
- Health of your lawn – Not all waste is created equal. Septic waste can kill your grass. Look for inexplicable brown and yellow patches in your lawn.
- Slow draining toilet – If your septic tank becomes too full, it can interfere with the way your toilet functions. Pay attention to how quickly your toilet drains after a flush.
Call Mr. Rooter for Septic Tank Repair and Inspection
If you suspect something is wrong with your septic tank, or know for a fact that it has experienced a failure, we can help! Our experienced plumbers have spent years working on all sorts of plumbing issues, and have the ability needed to handle your septic tank issue. Reach out to us to schedule an appointment for your septic tank installation
, repair, or inspection.
Not sure where your septic tank is? Read our article on how to find your septic tank lid to learn how to locate the important parts of your system.
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