Do You Need Your Septic System Replaced?
When you have sewage back-up into your home or flooding/odor appears outside of it, you know that there is probably a problem with your septic system. Having your system pumped might cost a few hundred dollars, but replacing the drainfield, or even the treatment system, can cost thousands. You want to be sure that you properly understand your system’s status before making such a large investment. So, do you need your septic system replaced?
Whether you hire Bishop-Thiem Septic Services or decide to check it yourself, the first thing to do is to lift the lid of your septic tank to assess the water level. If the water is lower than the outlet, the pipe between your home and the tank might be clogged, in which case you’ll want to speak to a plumber. However, if the water is higher than the outlet, the first thing to do is to have the tank pumped. After that is done, it will be easier to understand if the system has any additional problems.
There are a number of possibilities that can contribute to your septic system’s failure, but just one is that your drainfield has failed either due to being improperly maintained (pumped too seldom or incorrectly), or the beneficial micro bacteria in the drainfield’s soil has prospered to the point where the soil can no longer appropriately absorb the water. In either case, a complete replacement of your drainfield may be in order. Although your septic tank may be fine, this process likely requires that the existing drainfield be abandoned and for a new one to be established.
Alternatively, your septic system woes may not be that dire. Standing water or an unseemly odor may be something as simple as a broken pipe, a relatively easy fix compared to the replacement of your septic tank or drainfield.
For more information on how to manage the health of your septic system, take a look at the free information provided online by the National Environmental Services Center. Of course, if you have any questions about your septic system’s maintenance, Bishop-Thiem Septic Services is here to answer them. Go ahead and give us a call: (770) 461-6033