Septic tanks are an important part of any home’s wastewater treatment system, but they do need to be replaced every so often. If you’re not sure whether it’s time for a replacement, there are a few warning signs you can look out for. This article will discuss some of the most common indicators of septic system repair needs.
One of the warning signs of septic tank replacement is the amount of wastewater you can put in it. The septic tank should hold between 1/3 and 1/2 of its total capacity. If the water level is consistently above that, it’s a sign that the tank is full and needs to be replaced.
If your tank can’t handle the increased load, it will start to back up and overflow. Septic backup can cause serious damage to your property and create a major health hazard. Mold and mildew will also start to grow in areas with sewage leakage.
A septic backup will also be very smelly, so you’ll definitely know something is wrong. If the tank is in the basement, you may also see water seeping through the floor.
If there’s a lot of sludge in your tank, that’s another sign to replace the tank. Sludge is the solid organic matter that builds up at the bottom of the tank. It can clog the system and prevent wastewater from being properly treated.
The leachfield is the part of the system that treats the wastewater after it leaves the tank. If there are problems with the leachfield, it could be a sign that it is time to replace the septic tank.
The horrible smell of a clogged septic tank will be obvious. This usually means that the tank is full of wastewater and is not being treated properly. The smell can lead to respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies.
A leaking tank can contaminate soil and groundwater, as well as create an unsightly mess. You will notice mud spots in your yard or water pooling near the tank. Leaks may occur due to cracks in the tank or corrosion of the pipes.
Piping and Tank Age
The older your septic system is, the more likely it needs replacement. Septic tanks usually have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years. If your system is older than that, it’s definitely time for a replacement.
If you start to notice that your grass or plants are starting to die, it could be a sign that your septic tank isn’t working properly. This is because the wastewater isn’t being treated, and it’s poisoning the soil.
Keep a close eye out for any of these warning signs. If you notice these common signs of septic tank issues, it’s time to call a septic tank replacement specialist. The professionals at Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services can help you determine whether a replacement is necessary and can provide you with the best options for your home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.