A lot of home owners still decide in the favor of septic tanks. We don’t know if they are less informed about the sewer system or if they just like the septic tank system. But the case is that a lot of people still decide in the favor of septic tanks while constructing their homes. No matter what your reason is to decide in favor of septic tanks, the truth is that sooner or later you will be faced with some serious plumbing problems. Till date there is no single home owner who hasn’t faced these issues. There are just no exceptions in the case of septic tanks. No matter how much precaution you take, the fact is that one day, probably in near future, you will have to face the ugly truth of septic tanks. You might say that this is an anti-septic tank article. Actually it’s not. We are just trying to inform you about the problems that home owners with septic tanks face. Let’s start by taking a look at some tell tale signs that make it clear that you have a problem with your septic tank.
Signs of septic tank failure:
- You are unable to flush your toilet properly. If there is a septic tank or soakaway failure then you will notice that as you flush your toilet, the waste doesn’t disappears. Sometimes it takes too much time to be flushed and at other times it just won’t flush down at all.
- You hear strange sounds coming from the pipes when you empty a sink or flush your toilet. This is a sign that your septic tank is full and the waste has started to block the pipes leading to the septic tank and soakaway.
- There is a foul smell coming from your sink. It’s simply the smell of the methane gas that is building up in your septic tank. It means that it’s time to call your plumber or things can take a bad turn pretty soon.
- If you notice that as you flush your toilet, the water comes out from other outlets. This is a clear indication that there is a problem with the septic tank system and the water is not being flushed, instead it’s actually coming out from other outlets.
- You notice that there is water in your garden. This is the water that comes out of the ground when there is no space available in the septic tank. This water can carry a lot of disease causing agents and is potentially a health hazard to you and your family members.
- What can you do in order to avoid such problems?
To be frank, sooner or later you will encounter these problems. It’s just the destiny of homeowners with septic tank system. But still there are a few measures that you can take in order to delay the problem or minimize its impact when it finally comes. You should always construct your soakaway in a porous soil where there is enough oxygen available for the bacteria to breakdown the waste. And you should always install, if you do install a septic tank, a traditional two chamber fiber glass or concrete septic tank.