Does your septic system need to be pumped or do you need septic tank replacement?
If you live in a home with a septic system, you already know that your system needs to be pumped every few years. But, you may not have realized that your septic system will eventually need to be completely replaced. There are some signs that your septic tank is failing that indicate that you will likely need a septic tank replacement.
- Puddle in your yard – If there are puddles in your drain field, or on the ground around where your septic tank is buried, this is a good indication that your system is failing.
- Pipe backups – Occasion backups are not unheard of, especially when you’re coming close to your scheduled septic tank pumping time. However, constant backups are not normal and could be a sign that you need a septic tank replacement. Specially, if raw sewage backs up into your toilet, this could mean your system has serious problems.
- Contaminated well water – If you water has the presence of nitrate, bacteria, or other contaminants, this could be a very serious health problem. These contaminants could be an indication that your system is failing to properly dispose of and filter water correctly.
- Tank issues – If your septic tank system itself is experiencing continued problems, this may be an obvious warning that your septic tank may be failing and in need of replacement.
The best way to prevent a septic tank from failing is maintenance. With a septic system, you also want to be aware of what you are flushing down your toilet, and washing down your drain. How well your septic tank is maintained and how often it is serviced, will play a large role in determining how long it will last. Steel tanks can last anywhere from 20-30 years and can deteriorate from weathering. Plastic septic tanks last a bit longer at about 30-40 years, and concrete tanks last the longest, at 40 or more years.
If you suspect that your septic tank has failed or that it is much older than the suggested lifespan, it may be time for septic tank replacement. Kulk’s Heating & Plumbing can properly install a new septic tank system on your property.