Septic: From A to Z

Does Your Septic Tank Require Professional Repair?

Are you having problems with your septic tank and not sure what to do about it? If so, it will help to know the following reasons why your septic tank may require repair. 


Have you noticed an odor that comes out of the drain in your home, such as a shower drain or sink? This repair may require putting an additive in your tank that will help the bacteria break down into a liquid form and leave the tank. Not only can this help reduce those odors but help extend the time that is needed between septic tank pumpings as well.


Do you notice black sludge that is seeping into the septic tank's drain field? This means that there is a problem within the drain field itself that will require repair. The drain field itself may be oversaturated due to there being a problem with the soil, requiring a whole new drain field to be put in to help alleviate the problem. Before it gets to this point, you can try using special chemicals on the drain field that will help break down the sludge and help it become less saturated. If that doesn't work, call in a professional for help.

Standing Water

In addition, standing water can happen in the drain field due to having rainfall and the drain field being too saturated. This is a problem that may work itself out as the drain field has time to dry and absorb the water again. However, be aware if the standing water is accompanied by a strong odor, it means the liquid waste is making its way to the surface. Call a professional if the standing water does not resolve itself on its own as the weather gets warm.

Slow Moving Drains

Have you noticed that the drains in your home are moving very slowly? One thing to do is just wait it out and give the septic tank a day to process the waste in the tank. You may have filled the tank up with too much water, the drain field is saturated, and the liquid waste has nowhere to go. A packed septic tank can also cause slow-moving drains, which will require that you have the tank pumped. If, after a day, the problem does not resolve itself or things start to overflow, contact a septic service to get help.

Blockages and Backups

If you have a blockage or backup in your home where the waste water is not moving, then you could have one of several problems with the septic tank. A lateral line could be blocked, there may be a heavy layer of biomass, debris somewhere in a drain line, or even a damaged pipe. Reach out to a professional septic service near you to see how they can resolve the issue for you.