Septic Tank Maintenance and Repair Auburn, AL
A well maintained septic system can last up to 30 years and sometimes 40 to 50 if maintained properly. Proper maintenance saves you tons of money, headaches and hassle that arise from neglecting your septic tank. Think of it just like a car that needs oil changes and new tires to continue to operate optimally. A septic tank needs the same level of maintenance, just not as frequently. Our recommendation is to get your tank pumped every two to four years based on your living habits. Our technicians can provide some insight into this when we pump your tank as well. This is an essential part of your house that you can, but most likely wouldn't want, to live without. So take care of it!
The length of time between getting your septic tank pump depends on a few factors. The main factor is how many people live in your home. The more people, the more frequent you should pump your tank. Also, if you are a frequent house cleaner, then you're most likely flushing cleaners and detergents down the drains more often which has an effect on the bacteria in the septic tank. Someone who cooks at home with oils very often will sometimes unknowingly be pouring more oils down the drain, which contribute more to the scum build up in the tank. There are many more factors that go into determining how long to wait between pumps, so there is no definitive answer. The best thing to do is get your tank inspected every once in a while by a professional just to be sure.
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If you have an issue with your septic tank, give us a call and one of our technicians will come out and take a look at the problem and help diagnose the cause. In every case, a problem with your septic tank needs to be addressed immediately before the situation escalates to something even worse.
More often than not a septic tank is just clogged up. This is the most common problem related to septic systems. If you are experiencing sewage backup in your sinks, toilets, showers, or any other plumbing, there's a good chance a clog is the cause. Another tell tale sign of a clog is that your toilets flush slow and your drains are sluggish.
Clogs are usually caused by a lack of regular maintenance. If you have gotten your tank pumped recently you can still experience clogs from something large getting flushed and stuck in the pipes. This is usually an easier and less expensive issue that can be fixed by a plumber.
Another annoying and unavoidable problem with septic tanks being underground is that they are at risk of being compromised by tree roots. A couple of issues can happen when strong tree roots are around your septic system. Since tree roots seek out water, they are very sensitive to the moisture differences in the ground water and the warm water running through your pipes. From there, the roots grow toward the water source and potentially break into the tank. The best way to prevent this issue is to keep a large circle around your septic tank clear of trees and plants.
Sometimes, homeowners forget where their septic tank is placed in their yard. This can lead to some serious problems when driving a vehicle over the septic tank or drain field. Cars and other vehicles put way too much pressure on the pipes that are buried not far underground. This packs down the dirt above the system and prevents the proper distribution of waste into the field. If you move into a new house that has a septic system, make sure you know where everything is. Also, if you ever have guests that may be driving a vehicle in your yard be sure to inform them as well.
For larger septic systems, more maintenance is required. We deal with the smallest of systems up to ones ranging in the multiple tens of thousands of dollars. These larger systems require trained professionals to perform more frequent maintenance to keep it in working order. We provide such expertise and contracts to cater to every type of customer and septic system.