Last Updated on November 4, 2023 by Hina Rubab
Living in the country or outside city limits may leave you without connections to the city water and sewer programs. The solution for this is to use well water and a septic tank, though these require increased maintenance and attention to detail for the homeowner than city systems. Three are several common concerns with a septic tank, and each must be addressed quickly and efficiently.
Watching for the warning signs that something may be going wrong in your septic tank can allow you to get it serviced quickly and avoid long-term damages or complete system backups when you see any of these warning signs, book maintenance for your septic tank as soon as possible. Sinks and drains that are draining slowly or beginning to drain more slowly than usual. This may be a warning sign that a backup is likely to occur or that a blockage has occurred. Problems with the septic tank will cause unpleasant odors, and these can be noticed around any drains within the home, around the septic tank itself, and surrounding the drainage field. Any damp or wet spots are forming near the area that holds your septic tank and any noises coming from the area of the tank or through the plumbing within the house.
The Most Common Issues
Damage caused to the septic tank by either shifting or moving ground surrounding the tank or roots growing into the area from nearby trees are a very common problem. If left unaddressed, these can change the pressure on the tank and even lead to cracks allowing for liquids to leak out of the tank and damage the ground in the area. A common cause of damages is the lack of markings for where the tank is, which leads to cars and other vehicles being parked on top of it, creating pressure that can cause leaks, cracks, and even collapse the tank completely. When a tank is not regularly maintained, it can lead to many concerns, including backups, a tank that is too full to hold more, and not noticing problems as they are created.
Maintaining a regular plumbing maintenance schedule and having it regularly emptied can avoid many problems, and issues can be found sooner. If a pipe or the baffle becomes damaged, there can be a leak from your septic tank into the ground around it. Both liquid and some solid material can find its way into the drainage field. A pipe that has become damaged can also increase the risk of improper draining from within the home, creating a backup. An aging or old tank is also a risk of increased damages and can create backups, leaks, and other concerns simply due to the wear of the materials over the years of usage. By keeping it properly maintained, the age is observed, and potential problems can be avoided.
Any of these concerns must be addressed as quickly as possible by a professional. Many can be adjusted or repaired before requiring a full replacement, so it is economically beneficial to maintain regular care rather than wait for a problem to occur.
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