If you have a septic system on your property, you’re probably familiar with the problems that are inherent to it. But if you’re concerned there’s an issue, it’s important to not delay seeking out septic tank repair services because small problems can quickly become bigger (and more expensive).
Here are 3 signs you’re in need of septic tank repair:
1. Too much water- If your septic system has too much water, it may not be draining effectively (or you may need to reduce your water consumption in the home to eliminate the stress on your septic system). Typically, having excess water in your tank can cause a block in your distribution tubes, where solid wastes have not had a chance to break down and pass through. Solids should filter to the bottom of your tank and be eliminated with routine pumping, but excess water can be a sign of a blockage that needs to be removed as soon as possible.
2. Non-biodegradable products – If you notice anything aside from toilet paper or bodily waste is ending up in your septic tank, you will have a problem that will likely require septic tank repair. Even “flushable” products can be hard to break down in your system, and things like cooking grease, laundry detergent, and even cigarette butts can cause blockages to your system.
3. Poor drainage – If the drains in your home appear to drain water more slowly than you’re used to, it could be a sign of a blockage of a major pipe in your system. This is the first sign you should call a professional, as the risk to septic system failure is great when considering untreated sewage could be released into your groundwater with harmful pathogens and dangerous contaminants that make water unsafe.