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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!

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Septic System Failures: 3 Problems That Are Easily Solved With An Inspection

Debra Chapman

If you rely on a septic system for the plumbing in your home, problems can be costly to repair. Inspections of the septic system should be part of routine maintenance. The problem with your septic system may be due to a clogged line or malfunctioning component in the tank, such as an inlet or outlet. Some of the problems that an inspection will help find include the following.

1. Damaged Pipes That Cause Septic System Failures

Sometimes the problem with the septic system is with the pipes before waste even reaches the tank. The main line that connects to your septic system may have problems with roots if there are trees that are too close, or it could be to the connection at the inlet of the tank. An inspection of your septic system will help find these problems so the repairs can be done. When there is more pipe going from your home to the septic tank, there is also more chance for problems like tree root damage to occur.

2. Leaking Tanks That Are Causing Solids to Build Up Quickly

One common problem with older tanks is leaks, which is due to many tanks being made from concrete. An inspection will help find out if your tank is losing effluent due to leaks, which causes solids to fill the tank and eventually get into components like inlets and outlets. The baffles in concrete tanks can also become damaged or decay. If you have a failing concrete septic tank, there are two options for repairs; you can have a tank liner installed or completely replace the tank.

3. Distribution Box and Drain Field Problems Causing Overburden in The Tank

Distribution boxes are a component of the septic system that evenly distributes effluent to the drain field. When you have multiple drain field lines, the effluent is evenly distributed over a large area. There are also more lines and the distribution box that can get clogged with solids or foreign debris. It is a good idea to have a septic service inspect the distribution box and drain field when you have pumping done to ensure that there are not clogged lines that can lead to problems with the operation of your septic system.

These are some of the problems that having an inspection done will help you find. Contact a septic pumping service like Pete's Outflow Technicians to clean out the solids in your tank and do an inspection of all the components to ensure everything is working correctly and no repairs are needed.  


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