Are you starting to notice some issues with your septic system? Certain issues can be easily repaired, but there are some problems that might be so extensive that, when coupled with the age of the system, might be best solved by a full replacement.
Here’s a quick overview of what to consider to help you determine the best course of action when you have problems that require septic tank services and repair.
Repairing the system
You’re probably going to want to repair the system, if at all possible, because this will cost much less money and be significantly more convenient than having to pull up a system and replace it with a brand-new one.
There are quite a few problems with septic systems that can be resolved fairly easily through septic tank repairs. For example, if you’re having problems with standing water or odors between the tank and the drain field, the problem might be something as simple as a broken pipe, which shouldn’t be a particularly expensive repair. In some cases, replacing the part or even making a small adjustment could be enough to resolve the problem.
For owners of aerobic treatment systems, there’s also a chance that odors could be caused by bacteria dying off, especially if you were away from the property for a long period of time. The bacteria population can be restored, but you might just need to be careful about how much you use the system until it does.
Replacing the system
If the drain field completely fails, then you will have essentially no choice other than to replace the system entirely. In such a scenario, you may still be able to hold on to the tank for a while longer, which can save you quite a bit of money and prevent you from having to dig up a big chunk of your yard. But some people simply decide to do the tank at the same time as the drain field while they’re already going to be moving things around.
Septic tanks do have a limited lifespan, even when you stick to a proper pumping schedule. After a few decades, the tanks will begin to reach the end of their usable lifespan.
In some cases, the replacement of a septic system may have nothing to do with its condition. For example, if you increase the size of a family, or move into a home with a septic tank that’s too small for your needs, you may need to replace the septic tank to make sure it’s appropriately sized for the level of water usage and the waste produced by your home. There are no repairs that can fix the problem of an inappropriately sized septic system.
For more information about septic tank repair and replacement and what the best option is for you in your situation, we encourage you to contact our team of experienced septic service providers with any questions you have. Mike’s Septic and McKinley Sewer Services looks forward to assisting you any way we can!