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4 Most Common Residential Septic Repairs

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The average homeowner pays between $14.04 and $135.57 a month for water services through the city sewer system. Homeowners who use a septic system don't need to pay for city sewage services. However, they will need to pay for septic tank repairs when they occur. Learn more about 4 common residential septic repairs below. 

Damaged Components 

Some septic systems include a motor to facilitate wastewater flow through the pipes and distribution box. Septic systems also include baffles that emit toxic fumes into the open air. When these or any of the other numerous components that contribute to your septic system break down, it will prevent your septic system from working properly. These minor septic tank repairs typically cost $500-$1500

Leaking Septic Tank 

When you notice pools of standing water and wastewater around your septic tank, you may have a septic tank leak. If you have a leak from the septic tank, you will need to replace the septic tank. Leaks are to be expected after the tank exceeds its life expectancy.

Steel septic tanks tend to deteriorate quicker than steel septic tanks due to corrosion, but they are much less heavy and less expensive. Plastic and fiberglass septic tanks are becoming more popular due to their cost-effectiveness, but the lightweight material is more susceptible to ground movements and damage during installation. 

Sepic System Clog

Most septic systems are more sensitive than the average sewage system. They clog more easily. You will need to be careful not to put certain items down the drain, such as diapers, wipes, shells, coffee grounds, oil, and grease. You will also need to be careful that you don't use drain cleaners with chemicals that may alter the delicate ecosystem inside of the tank dissolving the solid waste. I you aren't careful, you can get a clog. Professional septic repair technicians will use specialized drain cleaners or a powered auger to clear the clog. 

Drainage Issues 

While liquid waste flows into the nearby drain field and enzymes dissolve the solid waste, oil-based waste will remain inside of the tank. Solid waste may also accumulate faster than the bacteria can naturally take care of it. When this happens, you may experience backflow, foul odor, and slow drains. To resolve the issue, you will need to get pumping. You will need to pump the septic tank every 3-5 years, based on the size of the tank and usage. 

To learn more, contact a residential septic service in your area.