Do I Need My Septic Tank Fixed, Or Replaced?
If you have a septic tank system, there is always something that will cause you problems. There are no exceptions to the rule. Many soakaways will fail, it’s just a matter of time.Should you not know, a soakaway is a hole that’s filled with rocks and rubble. This pit is where your waste goes, and eventually soaks into the ground. It will need repairs, so it’s something to expect when you have a septic tank system.
Signs of soakaway failure are:
- Your toilet keeps overflowing.
- The drains are starting to make gurgling noises.
- When emptying a sink, it starts to back up into the shower, or bath.
- Overflow where your washing machine is connected.
- Foul smelling air, and wet waste beginning to show on your land.
- Stinky odors coming from the drains.
- Toilets becoming slow when flushing them.
- Drain inspection chambers start to fill with waste. These areas should be empty.
- Any streams and ditches close by becoming polluted.
- There are dips in the soil close to either the soakaway drain, or close to the septic tank.
- Should you see any of these signs you should call your local septic tank repair service immediately.
- Types of Soil
Every septic tank needs to be emptied. The container can only handle so much sludge. If this starts to empty into the soakaway it will start to clog.
Is your soakaway deep enough? Most septic tank repair services will tell you, should your soakaway be deeper than 3 feet below the ground, including the 1 foot gravel bed, problems will occur. Because the area has no oxygen, or very little, the bacteria that is produced is called anaerobic bacteria. It is a bacteria that thrives in a little, or no oxygen environment. This causes slime to block the soakaway, and also makes the soil less porous. Therefore unable to absorb anything coming from your septic tank. Call in a septic service to construct your soakaway in an area known as aerobic soil. This soil has oxygen, which is needed for the well-being of the bacteria.
As with any system you use to dispose of your waste, problems are bound to arise. Sodium binding in the soil, another house joining your system, and common deterioration of the tank could also be in your future if you depend on a septic tank system.
You can keep the problems away by performing regular maintenance by a septic service. Following this approach will stave off major problems.
Call Raymond Septic Services, in Lake City, FL.