Common Septic Tank Problems

One of the most important components of a septic system is its tank, which is a large, watertight container installed underground. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended a septic tank be professionally pumped out every 3-5 years to prevent accumulation of solid waste that can cause water to overflow.

There are certain conditions affecting a septic tank’s efficacy. When detected, they usually require immediate intervention. Here are a few situations that can damage a septic tank:

Common Septic Tank Problems

1. Tree root damage. Roots from trees and shrubs can grow through the walls of a septic tank, eventually causing leaks. To prevent roots from spreading, call a professional plumber for immediate intervention and repair.

2. Collapsed baffle. A baffle is a barrier that prevents sewage backflow to the inlet or outlet pipe. When a baffle is damaged, it can permit floating scum and solid waste in the septic tank to block the inlet, causing sewage backup in the house.

3. Poor maintenance. Neglecting to have your septic system checked regularly allows undetected problems to worsen. Call a professional plumbing company to thoroughly inspect your tank. By catching potential issues early, you’ll save on repairs.

4. Ground movement. Certain conditions beyond our control, like ground movement, affect a septic tank. Ground movement occurs when soil underneath and surrounding the septic tank shifts, applying new pressure to the tank. This condition can eventually cause fractures or cracks.

Common Septic Tank Problems

Plumbing Authority understands the importance of protecting the septic tank and preventing system problems. Our team of professional plumbers performs septic tank installation, repair, and other services. Call us at (647) 992-7473 to schedule a free on-site estimate. We are open 24/7 to handle emergencies and are ready to meet your plumbing needs.