Your septic tank is responsible for holding and breaking down all of the waste that comes out of your home. While it normally works very well and only needs a little maintenance and septic tank pumping every few years, there are some problems that can affect your septic tank. When that happens, you may find that you can’t use any water or put anything down the drains in your home until you call for septic tank repair services. Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter with your septic tank.
Wear and Tear Over Time
The most common problem with older septic tanks is that, quite simply, they’re old. They’ve experienced decades of wear and tear. Many were made with materials that weren’t designed to last that long. We also put different things down the drain than we once did, and those materials can affect the tank. While it’s true that some septic tanks are over 100 years old and still working fine, that’s rarely the case. If you have an older septic tank, you may need to have more and more repairs made to it simply because it’s falling apart. It may need to be fully replaced at some point. You will want to make certain you’re maintaining these old septic systems carefully to help them last as long as possible.
The Ground Has Shifted
Over time, the ground around the septic tank may shift. It’s very slight, and it may not even be noticeable to you, but it can cause your tank to crack and the pipes connecting it to your home and the drain field to break. If you have an earthquake, your septic tank may also be damaged. When this happens, your tank may start to leak. If the tank can’t drain out water into the drain field, it may also back up.
Tree Roots Have Broken into the Tank
A similar issue is when tree roots grow into the tank or its pipes. Roots can break through the sides of the tank, especially if you have an older septic system that is already starting to wear down. Again, this can result in leaks or your septic system becoming blocked up.
Parking Vehicles on the Tank Can Damage It
If you park a vehicle over your septic tank, even if it’s just temporary, it can compact the earth and cause damage. This is especially common on farms where it’s possible to drive heavy equipment over the septic tank without really thinking about it. It’s possible the septic tank can even collapse from the weight of the machinery.
The Dip Pipes Are Broken
Dip pipes or T-pipes make certain only the liquid waste exits the tank and enters the drain field. If these pipes are damaged, it can cause the tank to back up because the wastewater can’t get out. It’s also possible that solid waste could exit the septic tank, causing the ground in the area to begin to smell. This could lead to a health risk if solid waste continues to escape the septic tank.
The Tank Wasn’t Installed Correctly
Installing all of the pipes that connect your septic tank to the house and the drain field is a fairly large task. It’s possible for something to go wrong, especially if you have someone who isn’t a certified septic tank expert handling the installation. If the wrong size tank, wrong pipes, or other parts of the septic system aren’t right, it can lead to backups, leaks, and other issues. You may even have to pay to have the entire system dug up and a new one put in.
Do You Need Septic Tank Repairs or Maintenance?
We recommend that you have your septic tank inspected yearly to ensure that it’s functioning correctly. Doing so will prevent sudden surprises from coming up, and can also save you a lot of money since we can catch small problems before they become emergency repairs. Contact Septic Masters, LLC, today to schedule an inspection.