Common Septic Problems And How To Address Them

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Understanding Septic System Problems

After we moved into a home with a septic system, I realized that we had to do something to understand what to expect. We started reading more and more about septic issues, and before we knew it, we had our first problem. Fortunately, because we were prepared, we didn't have to second guess our decision to call a repair person. Now when we have septic system issues, we don't worry as much about it and it is a great feeling. This blog is all about understanding common septic system problems and knowing how to fix them the first time around.


Common Septic Problems And How To Address Them

19 June 2019
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From grease and food scraps to bathroom waste, your septic system experiences a great deal of abuse over time. Unfortunately, knowing how and when to maintain their septic system is a struggle for many homeowners. Thankfully, help is available. This guide will help you understand a few common septic problems and how to address them quickly and effectively.

Foul Odors

Foul odors are a common problem many homeowners face because of issues with their septic tank. Over time, waste builds up not only in the actual septic tank, but it also builds up in the drains inside your home and in the lines that connect these drains to the septic tank.

There are many reasons why you may notice these odors. In some cases, the unappealing smells may stem from clogged, dry drains that trap gases. Also, if the outdoor venting system is blocked by grass, dirt, or even animals and nests, sewage gases will escape, resulting in the foul odors outside the home. Finally, a septic tank that is too full may also result in unappealing smells.

Contractors should inspect all areas of your plumbing and septic system to determine the root cause of the doors.

Tree Roots

Roots from trees or even shrubs could damage your septic tank and septic lines. As trees and shrubs grow up, the roots spread out under your yard. Over time, the spreading of these roots can affect your underlying septic lines and tank. In many instances, the roots can be so strong that they start to grow into the lines, causing damage that leads to leaking sewage gas and water.

Because the roots are underground, you may not even realize they are affecting your plumbing and septic system. Fortunately, there will be signs. If you are noticing that some of your drains are not draining as effectively or efficiently as before or if parts of your yard are soaked with water even though it has not rained, have the septic lines inspected. Unexplained foul odors may also indicate a septic tank leak caused by tree roots.

To repair damaged septic tanks and septic/plumbing lines, contractors will first need to inspect the system to detect the location of the damage. Specialized cameras can be used in many instances for the most efficient detection. Once located, the lines will be repaired to prevent further leaks.

Understanding your septic system can be challenging, but help is available. Contact a company like the American Septic Service for more information.