Diagnosing Common Septic Field Problems

Diagnosing Common Septic Field Problems

24th Jul 2015

Finding the source of a septic field problem isn't an easy thing to do. However, there's a few ways to decipher the problem by being familiar with your septic system issue. Once this is understood, you can easily tackle the problem - or give a professional notice - in regards to what needs fixing. So with this being said, here's a look at some common septic field problems.

Where Do Septic Tank Failures Come From?

Septic tank failures often occur when septic tank enzymes and septic tank bacteria are killed in aerobic - or normal - septic tanks. This is often caused by harmful cleaning products or highly potent medication - used by the homeowner - that are often flushed down the drain. In addition to these causes, a septic tank failure could stem from aerators, filters, or pumps breaking down.

Given the situations, they allow sludge and other matter to escape or overload the septic tank. However, there's a few things to look out for when identifying a septic tank problem:

  • Odor - Strong odors are a dead giveaway as waste blocking could be possible.
  • Slow Draining - Another sign could be waste having a hard time draining. Slowness could be caused by blocking of the drain.
  • Wet Spots - Wet spots or sewage rising up to the surface are signs of a septic tank problem.
  • Plumbing Back-Ups - The problem is in your face and the odor is apparent. You have a septic problem.

The Difficulty of Septic Tank Problems

As the difficulty of septic tank problems vary, it helps to identify what's wrong... or what needs fixing. However, the problem may be larger than something that a snake or drain cleaner can solve such as:

  • Sludge Overload - A sludge overload could result in a sulfit build-up.
  • Grease Capping - Grease severely clogs drains, rendering them useless.
  • Broken Piping - This may be underground, so professional attention is required.
  • Outdated Designs - Septic systems have changed, but your system may have not.
  • Tree Roots - Tree roots can alter and harm your septic layout due to their constant growth.

If your problem has become to large to handle, have no fear as Septic Safe is here to correct your issues. Being highly-trained professionals at your service, Septic Safe is more than willing to get your septic system working better than ever.