3 Signs That Your Septic Tank May Need Repairs

Do you own a home with a septic tank? Do you know what to do if your septic tank stops working? If you're a brand-new septic tank owner, you may not realize that a septic tank can be repaired or that it even needs to be repaired in the first place. But in order to make sure that your entire plumbing system continues to function properly, keeping an eye on your septic tank and the whole septic system can be extremely important. Here are some things that you should be watching for:

Depressions in the ground: Your septic tank is buried both for sanitary reasons and to keep it out of sight. Unfortunately, this means that it can sometimes be damaged without being able to tell that the damage occurred. Although uncommon, the lid can sometimes weaken from the pressure of being walked over, such as when you're mowing the lawn. As the lid starts to weaken, the ground above may feel "softer" or "more springy" than usual. There may also be a visible small bowl-shaped depression in the ground where there was none previously. Fortunately, this type of septic tank repair is relatively cheap and inexpensive. The septic tank company will come out, dig up the tank enough to expose the cover, and secure a new one in its place. To save time and money, you may want to have the septic tank pumped out at the same time.

Foul odors: A properly functioning septic tank should not be odoriferous at all. While you may be able to detect a smell on extremely hot days, this should be a rare occurrence. If you can smell your septic tank on most days, this indicates a potentially serious problem. It could be that your septic tank has somehow developed a leak and that you'll need to have it pumped out and for a septic tank repair person to patch the hole. You may also have an issue with your leech field which requires a different type of repair. Only a septic tank professional will be able to tell you for sure.

Clogged drains: Although clogged drains are often simply a sign that too much hair has gone down a particular drain, multiple clogged drains at the same time point to a need for a septic tank repair. It's possible that the only "repair" needed will be to have your septic tank emptied, but it's also possible that it filled up in the first place due to a clog in the tank itself. If you just had your tank emptied a few months ago, you'll want to make sure that it's inspected and repaired this time around. Failing to do so could result in needing to pay again to have it emptied in just a few months down the line.

For more information and help with diagnosing your septic tank, contact a tank repair company, such as Five Star Septic Service And Portable Toilet Rentals.