Common Problems With Your Septic System


If you have a septic system at home, you may run into problems with your tank. If your drains seem to be going slow or your toilet isn't flushing like normal, you may have an issue with your septic tank. Clogs are common, especially in systems that are being used extensively. You may also have an issue with tree roots, or the tank could be leaking because of corrosion. When you notice an issue with the way waste water is leaving your home, it's time to call for help.

Clogging in Your Septic System

If your septic system hasn't been pumped out recently, the problem with your system could be that it is full. Over time, your septic tank will fill up with solids. While gray water goes through the tank and into your leach field, solids remain in the tank. A full tank can cause sewage to back up into your home. Slow-moving drains are a sign that your tank is getting full, and it's time to have it cleaned out.

When Your Tank Was Recently Cleaned

You can still have clogs in your septic system when the tank itself is not full. You can get a clog in the line between your home and the tank. If you have been flushing items such as paper towels, wipes or tampons that your system can't handle, you can end up with a clog in your system. Take care of the problem immediately to prevent any sewage from coming back into your home.

Tree Roots Could Be the Problem

Tree roots are strong. If you have a yard with plenty of trees, there may be roots growing close to and into your septic tank system. The roots can make it through the tank and pipes, causing a blockage. You will need a professional to take care of the tree roots for you as this requires specialized tools. If a tree root does enough damage to your septic tank, you may need to have your septic tank replaced.

When Your Tank Leaks

Over time, your septic tank may begin to leak. One clear sign that you have a septic tank leak is that you will have an area of very green grass. If you have one area of your yard that is highly green while the rest of the yard isn't, this is a sure sign that you have septic water fertilizing your yard. You may even notice lines of bright green grass if your septic tank line is leaking.

If you notice problems with your drains, toilet or sinks, it's time to call for help and see what is going on with your septic system. For more information about septic system repairs, locate a professional in your area.


22 January 2019

Building Septic Tanks on New Properties: Tips, Facts and Ideas

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Heather, and a few years ago, my partner and I got a very cheap property up in the mountains practically in the middle of nowhere. I knew we had to build, but there were many elements that I overlooked. I never even considered the idea that we wouldn't be connected to a town sewer system for example. However, I learned quickly as we built our septic tank. Through the process, I also researched a lot of alternatives to ensure we got the perfect septic system for our needs. If you are building on a new property and you don't have the option of sewer, this blog has everything you need to know about septic systems. I truly love to help others, and I hope these posts help you.