Common Septic System Issues

April 15, 2022 12:00 am Published by Writing Staff

If you are not a trained plumber, it can be tricky to know if there are issues with your septic tank. And if you stay in a rural area, you depend on the septic tank to dispose of any wastewater from your family. When septic water has an issue, your whole plumbing system can get compromised. Here are some common signs that your septic system has an issue:

  • The sinks and bathtubs do not drain water quickly like they used to.
  • Your toilet is slow to flush.
  • Toilets or drains are backing up.
  • Standing water near the septic tank or drain field.
  • You start smelling a foul smell near the septic tank or drain field.

Common Septic Tank Problems

Here are the common septic issues you need to watch out for.

Clogs in the Septic System

When was the last time you had your septic tank pumped out? Septic tanks need to be pumped every one to two years depending on the people living in a home and the amount of wastewater generated. If your septic tank has been pumped out within the last year or two and you still have septic tank problems, you may have a clog. A clog can be a huge inconvenience in a home. So, if this is the problem, consult with a plumber for professional advice.

Tree Roots Infiltrating the Pipes

Tree roots can also be the cause of issues with your septic tank. If you notice sewage has started backing up into your drains, some wet patches or puddles in your lawn, or mysterious cracks in your driveway, tree roots could be the issues. As roots grow over time and get to the drain pipes, it can cause them to crack. If the issue is not detected and addressed immediately, the roots will infiltrate the pipes and cause a clog. Installing pipes that can withstand damage from roots will prevent this problem.

Leaks in Sewage Lines or Tank

All homeowners desire luscious green grass. But if the grass is only green in one area while the surrounding greenery looks dead, you may have a leak in the septic tank. This means sewage water from the pipes is leaking, sending nutrients to the grass in that area. Consult with a plumber immediately if you notice this to prevent a potential health hazard.

Improper Septic Tank Installation

When a septic tank has been installed well, your whole plumbing system will run efficiently with no issues. But when the installation is done incorrectly, plumbing issues are bound to arise. Some common installation mistakes include installing the wrong size or not burying the septic tank deep enough. A plumber will know how to fix a septic system and rectify the issues.

Increased Water Use

There is only so much water that your septic tank can hold before it overflows. If too many people depend on a septic tank, it may fail. Consider having a plumber check its size and determine whether it is the right size depending on the number of people using it.

A septic tank issue is not something you can DIY. You need professionals to handle the issue. If you want your septic system checked, contact Countryside Construction Inc. We do septic design, installing and servicing. Give us a call today. We will go and check what the issue is and rectify it immediately.

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