Roughly 20% of homes in the United States rely on septic systems to dispose of wastewater. So, when these systems fail, they can release dangerous methane, bacteria, and organisms. To keep your septic system in top shape, or to repair it when something goes wrong, call the experts at Canyon Plumbing & Heating.
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When Things Go Wrong With Your Septic Tank
Most septic systems operate for years without issues. However, if you experience problems, it could be one of the following that’s to blame:
- Clogs: If it’s been over a year since your tank was pumped out, it could mean that it’s clogged; you need a septic pumping company to take care of it.
- Tree Roots: When you plant trees too close to your septic system, there’s a chance the roots will find a way in and wreak havoc.
- Break or Leak: If you notice that some regions of your lawn are greener or soggier than the rest, it could be a break or leak in the septic line.
If you notice any of the above issues, call Canyon Plumbing & Heating for professional and affordable septic tank repair.
How to Keep Your Septic Tank in Top Shape
Maintaining your septic tank, so it operates efficiently is less expensive and less aggravating than repairing it when things go wrong because of neglect. To ensure that things flow as they should, try these maintenance tips.
- Don’t overload the system.
- Pump it out regularly.
- Don’t put too much water into the system.
- Check for leaks a few times a year.
- Maximize your dishwasher and washing machine loads.
- Call a professional septic tank contractor for annual inspection.
Regular maintenance is essential not only for keeping your system running well but also to catch and fix little problems before they have a chance to develop into large ones.
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Be on the Lookout for These Septic Tank Problems
The sooner you notice a problem in your septic system, the sooner you can call a plumber for help. Watch out for these common symptoms of a failing septic tank.
- Gurgling sounds in the sink, toilet, or pipes indicate that your septic tank has a clog in the inlet line or that there are problems with the drain field.
- The drains in the house take longer to empty than average. An obstruction in the waste line could cause this.
- Water backs up into your plumbing, which can also be caused by a clog in the waste line.
- You notice your drain field is a bright green color, which means it can’t collect any more wastewater because of a clog.