Your septic tank has seen better days. You know you need septic tank repair, but you wonder if it’s time to replace the entire unit. How much life is left in the tank? Is it worth the investment to pay for repairs?
Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether it’s time for septic tank repair or replacement.
Do I have standing water between the tank and the drain field?
If you discover standing water or sewage odor between your drain field and the tank, you may have a simple problem that can be remedied with a simple repair. This issue could be caused by a broken pipe, which can be replaced or repaired for a few hundred dollars.
Was I away from home for a long period of time?
If your system features an aerobic treatment unit, the bacteria may have died while you were away. If this is the case, the population will rebound to normal over the next few weeks. Simply use your system sparingly and carefully as the bacteria repopulates.
Did I find sewage in the house?
If this is the case, check your septic tank water level. If the water is lower than the outlet, you may have a clogged pipe. If the level is higher than the outlet, there is a problem with your tank or system, and you should contact a professional for septic tank repair.
How old is my drain field?
If your drain field is over 30 years old, it’s possible that the soil has become so saturated with microbes that it can no longer properly absorb the water for your system. It might be time to abandon the field and build a new one.
Can I reuse my tank?
Even if you need a new drain field, you may be able to reuse your tank. This can save you significantly on the cost of the overall septic tank repair.
Are there any local regulations I should consider?
Local and state health departments and environmental agencies may have procedures in place that homeowners must follow when making a septic tank repair or replacement. Research these regulations before you take the next step. Your local septic tank repair specialists can help with this information.
What landscaping issues should I consider?
If you are debating between septic tank repair or replacement, think about current and future landscape concerns. If you plan to add a garage or other structure on your property, you may want to consider switching to a compact system that allows more space for construction. For expert input on these decisions, consult with your local septic contractor.
We have answers
There’s no need to worry and wonder about what to do next—whether you need septic tank repair or replacement, we have you covered. The experts at Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services can provide a professional inspection and determine the appropriate next steps. We can help you decide what makes the most sense for your system, setting and budget. Contact our experienced team today at 952-440-1800.