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It is not wise to think that since you have installed the very best and the most durable septic tank you can afford, you don’t need to check it regularly if it is functioning well.
Although these tanks are made to last for many years, they are still subject to wear and tear considering the corruptive substances that they contain. As you are using your tank several times 24/7, it is bound to develop certain problems.
And if you neglect its required preventive maintenance, it might develop a major problem forcing you to spend money for major repairs.
Common Problems of Septic Tanks
Even if you carefully use it, it can develop this very common problem: foul tank odor. There are other problems that may develop but tank odor is the most common of all. Here are the reasons why this problem always comes up:
If there is a broken gasket or seal in a pipe joint, foul odor will emanate from the tank and waft to the toilet and inside your home.
Vent Stack Problems
The purpose of the vent stack is to convey foul odor from the tank to the outside. But if there’s a problem with the stack, faulty smell will not be able to get out, and will find its way inside your house.
The most common cause of foul odor in the septic tank is a dry drain. Most drains have a water trap which is a U-shaped pipe connector usually filled with water preventing gases from passing through. If this trap is dry, smelly gases will be able to enter your house.
What You Can Do to Prevent These Problems
You need to be conscious about maintaining your septic tank, even if it is the most technologically advanced tank in the world. Here are some basic tasks you can perform:
Reduce the wastewater going to your septic tank
Your system has a maximum volume of waste water that it can receive. If the amount of wastewater and solid particles you allow to get through is always at the maximum level, you are putting too much pressure on your septic tank. It will break down sooner or later.
Check the tank and its leaching field regularly
Inspect your tank and its leaching field to determine if there are damaged or busted pipes, and aggressive plant or root growth. If these problems are not corrected, it may lead to expensive repairs.
Pump out the septic tank
A good practice in septic tank preventive maintenance is to have its contents pumped out every 2 to 5 years. Of course, you will need a pumping machine and a large container to do this. And this is where you need to call a one of the network of plumbing technicians at Plumbers 911.
Why you need to have your septic tank professionally cleaned or repaired
Even a functioning and well-kept septic system accumulates sludge at the bottom of the tank. The build-up causes the tank to perform below its capacity thus increasing your water bill.
It is tempting to do the cleaning or the repairs by yourself. However, doing repairs on a septic system can be daunting. The way the tank and the leaching mechanism work together requires in-depth knowledge. As such, making a small mistake can lead to more repairs and more costs.
Plumbers 911 can help you with all your septic system needs. Contact us today. We want to help!