There are some aspects of our daily living that are taken for granted until there is a problem. One of those areas is with your sewer system. We live in a place that you can use water and flush a toilet and not think twice about what happens next. There are homes that have a city or county sewer system that takes the waste and there are others that have a septic system. This is a tank that is installed under the ground on your property. The tank can be made from concrete, fiberglass or plastic to name the most common. The water is treated but you want to make sure you care for your septic system. The tank will have to be treated and emptied. You also need to make sure that you know what to do if your tank is having a problem and needs to be repaired. AAA Water Team outlines what could cause your septic tank to leak or become damaged.
Clogged Septic Tank
One of the most common problems you will come across when you have a septic tank is a clogged tank. The most common sign that you have a clog in your septic tank is when you flush a toilet or use the drain and they seem to go slow. A more serious sign is that the sewage starts to back up and come back up the pipes. A clogged septic tank can cause trouble for you and your home and needs to be addressed right away. You want to make sure you avoid what might be causing the clog which is often flushing things that should not be flushed. Backing up sewage is a dangerous health concern and should not be taken lightly.
Septic Tank Leaking into Yard
Your septic tank can be made of several different types of materials. It can be anything from cement to a plastic composite material. You want to make sure you do what you can to take care of your septic tank and also to understand the signs of a leak. You can recognize a leak when you walk around your yard and notice that the yard is soggy compared to the rest of the yard. The leak means that your sewage is coming up and not being contained. This can be dangerous to your family and needs to be taken care of and repaired. The cement tank can crack and the plastic material can break down over some time. You want to make sure that you address a leaking septic tank right away.
Septic Tank Damage
When you are having work done on your home or your yard you want to make sure that your septic tank is clearly marked. The marking is needed to ensure that heavy equipment is kept off and digging avoids the area. You septic tank can be damaged during work that is being done on other areas of your home and property.