Septic Repair / Treatments

Maybe a specific component of your septic system may need attention. Riser, lids, baffles, sagged or broken lines, filters, lift pumps, float controls, alarm systems, etc. We have electronic locators, video inspection equipment, a mini-excavator and backhoe, and the experience to get your system up and running.

 

How do I Know if my tank needs pumping?

How do I Know if my tank needs pumping. Most septic tanks are due for pumping every 3 years(based on a 4 person household), Your tank can be inspected and if the levels of the solid matter are too high than your tank is due for pumping. Call your Septic Pumper to find out what your levels should be.

 

How do I know if my septic system is failing?

Symptoms of a failed septic system vary from surfacing effluent in the area of the disposal field, surfacing effluent over the septic tank, strong odors, green lush grass over the disposal field, or backed up plumbing and drains.

 

How do septic systems fail?

Septic systems are simple in nature but are very complex and robust treatment mechanisms. A properly designed, installed and maintained system can yield decades of service life. However like any system it has a finite life and will eventually need to be replaced just like your car or roof of your home. Septic systems are not immune to abuse or neglect, so the system can prematurely fail if abused. There are several causes for failure (as described below) but in a majority of these cases the system can be overloaded and an overly restrictive biomat formation can occur in the leachfield. When this occurs water enters the system at a greater rate than it can be absorbed causing the system to back up

 

Why do Septic Systems Fail?

If the liquid effluent cannot soak into the soil surrounding the leachfield, sewage may back up into the system creating two distinct symptoms, effluent surfacing on the ground at a location over the leachfield or septic tank or alternatively sewage backing up in to the house. The possible causes for this problem are:

 

Poor Soil Conditions

A leaching system placed in unsuitable soil for the flow generated from a house.

 

Excessive Water Usage

A septic system designed too small for the house it serves or too small for the water generated from the house.

 

Soil Clogging and Septic System Failures

If sludge or scum is allowed to escape out of the septic tank and enter the leachfield, the soil may become clogged. If this happens the liquid will not be absorbed into the soil. This can be a common problem if there is a failure to have the septic tank pumped. It is also important to note that over the normal operating life of a septic system this clogging will naturally occur and can eventually overwhelm a system.

 

High Water Table and Septic System Failures

During wet or abnormally wet seasons, groundwater may rise into a leachfield and force sewage to the surface. This is normally caused by an error in design or a significant change in the surrounding landscape.

 

Roots and Clogging of Septic System Failures

The roots of trees and bushes planted too close to the system can sometimes enter and block the pipes of the system. Removal of the plants and clearing the pipes of the roots can sometimes correct the problem.

 

Physical Damage to Septic System Components Causing Septic Failures

Trucks or heavy equipment passing over any portion of the system can damage pipes or other portions of the septic system causing a malfunction.