How to Fix Septic Tank Issues

When you flush the toilet or empty the sink, most homeowners don’t think much about where that water goes. If you have a septic tank, you need to consider it, so you know it’s working as it should. When there’s a problem, it’s often hard to figure out what’s gone wrong. Diagnosing the issue is important for maintaining your home. If you’re having a septic tank problem, it’s likely to be one of these. 

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If your septic tank is giving you trouble, the first thing to ask yourself is when it was last pumped out. Septic tank cleaning is important as the tanks slowly fill with solid waste. Grey water is allowed to pass through the tank and out into the underground drain field lines. If the tank is allowed to fill, then you may get sewage backups in your toilets and sinks and tubs might drain slowly.


How often your tank will need pumping or cleaning out will depend on several things. How many people live in the house? Do you take long showers, run the dishwasher often, or do lots of loads of laundry? All of this adds to what drains into your septic tank. 


If your tank was pumped in the last year, it’s probably not full. Instead, you might have a clog between the house and the tank, or in a branch pipe in the house. You must find where the clog is. If all the drains in the house are slow, the clog is probably in a pipe that leads away from the house. Pipes can be clogged things that shouldn’t be get flushed, including paper towels, wet wipe, or tampons.


Tree Roots

Tree roots are tough things. They will wind around or drill through anything that gets in their way, including your pipes. If you have trees in the garden, make sure you don’t get roots damaging your pipes and causing your septic system to end up in the wrong backyard. 


Tank or Line Leak

Lush green grass in your garden might look great, but overly green grass can also be a sign that there’s a problem with your septic system. If your grass is suspiciously green or looks really healthy when other vegetation is dead or dry, this could suggest that your septic tank has a leak in it, or that your lateral lines are receiving too much wastewater downstream from the septic tank and are soaking your yard. If this happens, you may find puddles or even raw sewage on the lawn, which is an environmental hazard and must be promptly deal with. 


A septic system that is is properly maintained will last you for decades. Don’t let common septic tank problems cause he life span of the system to decrease. If you think you have a clog, leak, or tree root problem, call in a professional to fix it, so the problem can be corrected properly and safely. Don’t try and deal with the issue yourself.


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