4 Common Septic Tank Problems

block_septic2Septic tanks are out of sight and out of mind.  Besides routine septic tank pumping, do you ever think about your septic system?  You may not, but when you notice slow drainage, septic smells in your home or a sewage backup, it’s time to think again.  Here’s a list of the 4 most common septic tank problems, as well as tips on avoiding septic system issues in the future.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeptic Tank Problem #1 – Sludge Buildup

Sludge buildup is the most common cause of system backups.  Follow our septic tank care tips to prolong the life of your septic tank.  Only flush waste and toilet paper, keep high levels of biological activity and have your tank pumped and cleaned regularly.  To solve heavy sludge buildup, hire a professional to pump your septic system clean.

repair-a-septic-tank_300_200Septic Tank Problem #2 – Broken Drain Lines or Tank Baffles

This septic system failure is often caused by sulfuric acid eating away at the concrete or steel.  Hire a professional septic service company to perform a video inspection of your septic system to find the broken sections.  If your septic tank baffles are failing, it may be a sign that you old tank is sure to follow.  While replacing the broken baffles or drain lines, consider replacing your old tank with a new fiberglass tank and filter system as well.

Septic Tank Problem #3 – Tree Roots Getting in to Septic Tank

Tree roots are another cause of broken drain lines and cracked septic tanks.  For example, roots climb towards moisture and find their way into your drain lines or septic tank.  Also, average weed killer isn’t going to kill the root systems of large shrubs and trees.  Therefor, it’s best to hire a professional that knows local regulations. They can recommend a solution for your specific problem.

Septic Tank Problem #4 – Septic Filter Clogging

Septic tank outlet filters are great because they protect your drain field from getting overloaded with solids.  Most new septic tanks come with outlet filters.  Many areas now require them.  Filters clog if regular cleaning and maintenance is neglected.  Most septic service professionals clean your filter when they pump your tank, but it’s best to double-check.  As a homeowner you may be able to clean your filter with a garden hose.  It’s always good to inspect the filter to see if grease, paper or other non-biological material is getting into your system, as that will cause additional problems later on.

We hope this guide helps you diagnose, repair and prevent septic tank problems in the future.  If you live in Snohomish County, Washington and need any septic system service, from inspections to installations to septic tank pumping, call Snohomish Septic Service for professional and courteous service at 360-310-4430.

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