If your home is not connected to a municipal sewage system, you have a septic system to take care of your household wastes. Every drain from your home will lead to a septic tank which drains into a leach field. Generally, microbes in the tank eat the solid wastes and only liquids pass through to the field to be naturally filtered and absorbed into the ground. However, eventually the solids will build up and need to be pumped from the tank. Many people will have this done every couple of years to ensure the tank does not fill. Sometimes, there is a problem and the tank will need to be pumped out before a regular scheduled pumping. Here are a few signs there is a problem.
If you notice that your drains are not draining properly, it could be a clog or a septic problem. When a plumber cannot find a clog, you should contact a company that does septic pump outs. They will come to pump out the tank. They can also look inside the tank to make sure there is not anything blocking the vents or holes that allow water to seep out to the drain field.
Anytime you have sewage backing up into your bathtub or toilet, there is a problem with the septic system. While it could be something as simple as a full septic tank, it could be something more involved. Your tank may not have enough living microbes to eat the waste. It is possible that things you put down your drains have killed the microbes that were there. This can include bleach, disinfectants, and drain cleaners. It is also possible a portion of the tank may have fallen in, taking up space so there is no more room for the waste. A septic company will empty the tank and find the problem. They will add ore microbes to the tank, or repair or replace it.
Keeping your septic tank clear and in good repair is important for the health of your family. A bad system may cause the water in your home to become contaminated with disease-causing bacteria. It is a good idea to have your water tested anytime you have work done on the septic system, including scheduled pump outs. It is also wise to have your septic system checked anytime you have reason to believe the water is fouls, such as bad odors coming from the drains or faucets. These tasks should be part of your normal home maintenance.Share
13 October 2017
Hello, my name is Jon. After buying my home, I was uncertain about how to maintain the septic system. I called a septic service company to come inspect the tank and lines to further discuss the required maintenance and repair needs of the system. After the inspection, the septic company informed me that the tank was full and needed to be pumped out. Worn components were in need of replacement as well. As a result of my diligence, I was able to avoid system failure and protect my septic system from damage. I hope to use this site to help others avoid a similar septic emergency. Thank you.