Overpowering odors and sewage backups are obvious indications your septic system is not working properly. However, it can be difficult for homeowners to distinguish whether their septic tanks can be fixed or if a replacement is required. Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning offers residents in Pierce, Kitsap, and Mason counties of Washington, high-quality and affordable septic troubleshooting and repair, as well as new tank installations. The company does what they can to help clients avoid having to purchase new septic tanks, but there are times they become so damaged that it’s simply more cost-effective to invest in a replacement.
Here are a few signs to look for that may indicate a septic tank is beyond repair:
- Pumping More Often: Homeowners should typically expect to pump their septic tanks about every three years. If the time in between pumping services is getting increasingly shorter and shorter, there could either be a serious problem with the tank or it may need to be replaced with a larger tank.
- Damp Ground Or Collection Of Water Outside: If the ground around a septic tank seems to be constantly damp or there are noticeable puddles of water collecting, this is usually evidence of a leak. Depending on where the leak is located, it might be able to be repaired. If repairs aren’t viable, a new tank needs to be installed.
- Growing Tree Roots: As tree roots continue to grow out on a property, they could potentially interfere with the operation of a nearby septic tank. Over the years, roots can expand so much that they start to create cracks in the tank, which can lead to a major spill. If this happens, you should purchase a new tank and place it in a different area away from trees.
Septic tanks are generally designed to last for numerous years, but you should pay attention to these clues to see if there are problems requiring replacement. If you need septic tank repairs or replacements, call Hemley’s Septic Tank Cleaning at (800) 699-7854 to schedule a septic inspection. Visit their website for more information on all of their septic services.