Septic tank failure
There are many reasons why a septic tank can fail. First, because the owner doesn’t maintain it properly, which is a huge mistake since, just like any other thing in a house, a tank also needs maintenance to keep working properly all the time.
Other reasons are that the components froze during freezing temperatures like in winter or at the end of autumn, which affects a lot the performance of your tank, and there’s also the fact that your septic tank or system, in general, is having problems with something in particular even though you maintain it properly, which can happen sometimes.
A septic tank failure is a pain since you have to determine what caused it and sometimes it isn’t as easy as it may seem. Actually, even some inspectors take a few hours to determine the problem or issues your tank could have that explain its failure.
Now, once you determine what’s wrong with it, you will have to spend some money, which is obvious. However, depending on the type of failure it has, the solution will be different. Sometimes, septic tanks only need to be pumped and cleaned again even when the last time you did it was a year ago. It happens, but not too often so, you don’t have to worry about it.
When it is something serious, it may need to be repaired or replaced, which is what worries most people since repairing or replacing a tank is quite expensive and not everyone can afford it. Besides, the process can be more expensive depending on the design of your septic tank. Some are more complicated than others are and take more time to repair or replace.
Now, if you want to know when your septic tank is failing, keep these things in mind:
- A septic tank shouldn’t emit foul odors, it isn’t normal.
- If your grass or yard is overflowed with water, something is wrong.
- If you notice there’s green grass around the lid or entrance of the septic tank, make sure to inspect it.
- Septic tank backing up, which is when there’s black water in your toilet, bathtub, or other drainage systems.