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The Importance Of Timely Septic Tank Repairs

The Importance Of Timely Septic Tank Repairs

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Septic systems are a lifesaver for the 20 percent of US homeowners whose property is located off-grid or in rural areas. While this saves them from monthly sewer bills, the septic maintenance and repairs are the property owner's responsibility.

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The cost of septic maintenance and timely repair can be less than what you would pay to the city or municipality, but the cost of neglect can be even greater. In this brief article brought to you by Septic Blue, we touch on this fact and share some troubleshooting tips for homeowners with a septic tank installation on the premises.

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The high cost of neglect

Ignoring septic tank maintenance can lead to a host of unpleasant and expensive issues. Here are just some of the potential consequences:

  • Health Hazards: A malfunctioning septic system can contaminate groundwater, posing serious health risks to you, your family, and your neighbors. Contaminated water can lead to diseases such as hepatitis, dysentery, and gastrointestinal infections.
  • Property Damage: Backed-up sewage can cause significant damage to your home and property by ruining floors, walls, and landscaping. The cost of repairs and restoration can be exorbitant.
  • System Failure: A neglected septic system can eventually fail, leading to backups, overflows, and contamination of your property. Replacing a failed system can cost thousands of dollars or more.
  • Legal and Regulatory Penalties: In some areas, homeowners are required by law to maintain their septic systems. Failure to comply with local regulations can result in fines and legal action.
  • Decreased Property Value: A poorly maintained septic system can reduce your property value, making it harder to sell your home in the future.

Troubleshooting common septic issues

Understanding how to identify and troubleshoot common septic system issues can help prevent unexpected septic tank repair from spiraling out of control. Here are some tips:

  • If your sinks, showers, and toilets are draining slowly, it might be a sign of a clog or full septic tank.
  • Foul smells around your home or near the septic tank can indicate leaks or overflow around the tank.
  • While a green lawn is usually desirable, overly lush grass near the septic tank or drain field can indicate a sewage leak.
  • Pools of water around the drain field or septic tank area can signal a system failure.
  • Sewage backups in your home are a clear sign of a serious issue.

When to pump and clean the septic tank

Septic tank pumping and cleaning are two of the primary maintenance tasks to remember. While these terms are often used interchangeably, there is an important difference between the two.

Pumping the tank involves removing excess scum and sludge in the septic tank. Depending on the size of the tank and the number of people in the household, most septic tanks will have to be pumped every 3 to 5 years.

Septic tank cleaning is more comprehensive work and involves pumping the tank as well as cleaning the tank and system components. If it has been over 5 years since your tank has been pumped, then it’s probably time to schedule a septic cleaning.

Hire trained and uniformed septic specialists

If you are concerned about your septic system, then call Septic Blue to have an experienced septic professional come out to your location as soon as possible. We are also happy to schedule an appointment for a more convenient time.

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