Telltale Signs of a Septic Tank in Need of Repair or Replacement

3 Signs That Point to Needing Septic Tank Replacement or Repair

A home’s septic system isn’t something a homeowner normally wants to think about, but with proper care and maintenance, it can stay in good condition for a long time. Septic tanks are built to last up to 30 years, giving residents peace of mind that their sewage will continue to be disposed of properly without a hitch. But what happens when septic tanks approach the end of their intended lifespan or need repairs? What is likely to occur is homeowners begin to encounter problems that may be related to their septic system. 

It can be hard to check on the septic system’s health because it is buried underground and isn’t visible. Still, there are ways for the average homeowner to tell if the septic tank is in trouble before calling a septic tank specialist to confirm if there is a need for repair or replacement. Here are three of the most common signs to call a professional. 

Foul Smells Coming From the Tank

smellA homeowner’s nose is one way to get a sign of a problem with the septic system. If there is a sort of rotten egg or sewage smell, it could be coming from a problematic septic tank. The foul odor could be a sign that the tank is full and needs to be pumped, or there could be an issue requiring repair, such as an issue with the vent stack or the vent pipe needing to be extended. 

Whichever the cause, that foul smell doesn’t belong inside or outside the home and must be addressed immediately by a septic system expert. They can determine whether the cause of the smell is a minor issue requiring maintenance or repairs or if the issue is more serious and requires a replacement. 

Slow Drainage Issues

A properly working septic system should allow drainage inside the home to flow out quickly. If homeowners begin to notice a slow-draining sink, toilet, or tub, especially if all three have drainage problems simultaneously, then it is a sign that the septic tank could be full or clogged with a blocked drainage line. 

If this issue is allowed to persist, it can produce a backup or complete stoppage in the system, resulting in slow or no drainage. A professional should be consulted to inspect the system for the source of the blockage and repair or replace the affected components to remedy this septic tank problem.

Sewage Backing Up Into the Home

sinkOne of the worst things a homeowner can experience is sewage backup. This usually happens when sewage or wastewater fails to drain correctly and goes back up through the toilets, sinks, or other drains inside the house. Not only does this smell bad, it is incredibly unhygienic, inconvenient, causes significant damage, and is a possible source of illness.

When this happens, homeowners should have their sewage system assessed, as a sewage backup often occurs due to clogs and blockages along the home’s main sewer line or a septic blockage. In cases where a septic blockage is severe, replacement of the septic tank may be necessary. A professional plumber should be consulted to assess the situation and determine whether a new tank is required. Septic blockages can often be prevented with regular maintenance and septic tank pumping. It helps to keep the system running properly by thinning out the solids that can lead to clogging and blockages.

About Rocket Rooter Plumbing

Rocket Rooter Plumbing is a family-owned and operated company serving Summerfield, FL, and the surrounding areas. They provide flat rate pricing, 24-hour emergency service, and free quotes. Call them today for septic tank installation and replacement or septic tank repair and maintenance in Summerfield, FL.

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