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Troubleshooting Common Septic Tank Problems

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For homes on septic service, monitoring for problems is vital so that your entire system doesn't fail. Fortunately, there are only a few common issues that tend to occur, so it is fairly easy to monitor and troubleshoot the problem on your own. Although you can determine the cause of the problem on your own, it is still best to bring in a professional to complete the actual repairs.

Problem: Backed Up Drains or Drain Odors

If a single drain in your home is giving you problems, then chances are it's only a blocked pipe that needs to be cleared. On the other hand, the problem is likely with the tank if most of the drains are backing up or if foul odors keeps coming out of the drains.

Generally, all that is needed is a septic tank pumping and cleaning. The drains are backing up because the tank is full. A septic service will pump out the sludge and clean the tank so that sewage can once again flow freely into the tank and not back into your home.

Problem: Standing Sewage Water Over the Tank

The ground above your septic tank should never host standing water, particularly water that smells like sewage. Standing sewage over the tank can indicate that the tank has cracked or that the seal around the inlet or outlet valve has failed.

A septic repair service must inspect the tank internally for any cracks. Small cracks can be repaired with a cement filler, but larger cracks will necessitate a tank replacement. If it's the seal on the inlet or outlet pipe, then it can simply be replaced in order to put a stop to the leak.

Problem: Sewage Between the House and the Tank

Puddles of sewage can also appear above ground between the house and the tank. When this happens the problem is likely in the septic line itself. The line has cracked or otherwise failed so that the effluent isn't making its way out to the tank.

Your septic service will use a pipe camera to pinpoint the location and the cause of the leak. A clog in the line is often the culprit, so all that may be needed is a good hydrojetting or rooting of your sewer line. If the septic line is badly damaged, your service may need to replace it.

Contact a septic tank repair service for further assistance with any problems.