What Happens if there is a Problem with my Septic Tank
Septic systems have a lifespan of approximately 15-40 years.To maximize the lifespan of your system, follow the “Do and Don’t”.
A malfunctioning septic system is usually easy to see...and smell.If you suspect you have a problem with your septic system,it is important to fix the problem quickly. A malfunctioning septic system is a risk to your environment and your health.It can quickly contaminate groundwater and surface water used as drinking water sources.
If failure occurs shortly after construction,it may be the result of poor site assessment,poor design,poor construction practices or homeowner abuse.
If you think there’s a problem,start by having the septic system inspected.The tank may just need a cleaning.However,if there is a problem with the leaching bed, you will want to speak to an onsite sewage system professional for their advice.Onsite sewage system professionals include installers, professional engineers, certified engineering technologists and registered sewage system designers. A second opinion is always recommended.
If a homeowner has a malfunctioning septic system, the big question is,“Do I have to replace the whole system?”Repairs can range from cleaning a few lines to replacing entire leaching beds and removing contaminated and clogged soils.An onsite sewage system professional should be retained. Their first task will be to determine the cause of the failure.
If repairs are required to correct your septic system problem,contact your local regulatory agency to obtain the appropriate permit before proceeding. The local regulatory agency varies from municipality to municipality.