Your Septic Tank Repair Guide

Instead of the city sewage system, many homes use septic tanks. These process the waste and release effluent back into the soil. For the most part, you can ignore your septic tank. However, all systems need occasional cleaning and repair. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

What Causes Damage to the Septic Tank?

There are many causes of septic tank damage, but many are easy to avoid by changing your habits. If you keep flushing non-biodegradable materials like kitty litter, hair, dental floss, sanitary pads, etc. down the toilet, the system can get clogged. They also fill up the tank faster, which can increase the risk of an overflow.

You may also cause damage to the tank by flushing or pouring chemicals down the drain. The septic tank needs a lot of bacteria to break down the waste, but chemicals can kill the bacteria, making the system ineffective.

In some cases, external damage causes issues. Again, some of these are easy to avoid. For example, don't park or build heavy items above the septic tank. The excess weight can cause damage. In other cases, the damage is harder to avoid, such as damage from growing roots.

What Are the Signs of Septic Tank Damage?

Signs of septic tank damage may appear inside and outside. Inside, you may spot:

  • Gurgling drains and toilets
  • Slow drains
  • Drain and toilet backup

Outside, however, look for standing water above the septic tank and unpleasant odors. If there is no pooling water, look for abnormally lush grass.

How Much Are Septic Tank Repairs?

Depending on the issue, septic tank repair can cost a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. For example, lid repair may only cost you $150, but a new pump could cost closer to $1,000. Of course, you can avoid a lot of repairs with regular septic tank maintenance and cleaning.

You may need to try some trial and error to determine how often your tank needs cleaning. It largely depends on the size of the tank and how much waste the household produces.  

Septic tanks are a more affordable way to process your waste. With good maintenance, your system can last a long time. In extreme cases, an overflow can turn your backyard into a smelly mess, so make sure to empty your tank regularly. If you would like to know more, contact a septic tank repair professional in your area today.