Identifying The Failure Point In Your Septic System
No one wants to deal with a septic tank repair if they can avoid it, but if you can identify the location of a failure then the repair can be completed much more quickly. It helps to know what components make up your septic system, and what can lead to those components failing, as this will help you identify the obvious characteristics. Once you know what's wrong, and advise a septic contractor of your observations, they'll be able to properly prepare to fix the problem.
Likely Causes of Yard Flooding
One of the most tell-tale signs that your septic system has a fault is flooding in your yard. Depending on where the standing water is originating from, you can often determine the source, potential cause, and likely fix. One of the most common is flooding around the drainage field, often the greenest part of your yard where liquid waste ends up. Flooding here is often the result of compromised drainage in the soil or recent heavy rains, and may require relocation of the drainage field.
Flooding can also be the result of a broken drain line, between your septic tank and your home. This will require a bit more to repair, including the excavation of the broken line, and may take some time. Finally, an old, faulty or over filled septic tank may flood, requiring either that the entire holding tank be replaced, or simply that the solid waste be pumped out.
Slow or Backed Up Drains
One of the more unpleasant experiences when living with a septic system is waste water flowing back into other drains in your home. This should be extremely uncommon, but can happen if your septic tank has exceeded its capacity. As above, the most likely fix will involve pumping out the solid waste from the tank, but only a professional will be able to tell for certain.
Slow drains, especially when accompanied by gurgling sounds, is usually a problem of improper venting of your drain lines. Without sufficient air flow behind draining water it will not flow out smoothly, if at all, due to differential pressure. While clogs can cause drains to slow as well, this is less likely if you're using your septic system appropriately.
While many problems associated with a septic tank can result in an unpleasant experience, most are can be avoided. Speak to your septic tank contractor about time frames for cleaning out your septic system, and how to preserve your drainage field.
To learn more, contact a company like A-1 Sewer Service.