How To Inspect Older Septic Systems For Signs Of Problems That Need To Be Addressed

If you want to avoid costly septic system repairs, maintenance is important. Sometimes, it can be difficult to catch septic problems before they become major problems. Occasionally doing an inspection of your system can help to reduce the potential for these unwanted problems. Here are some of the things that you can inspect to ensure that your septic system does not need maintenance or repairs:

1. Find The Tank And Check The Level For Signs That Pumping Is Needed

The tank of your system is the first place you want to look when there is a problem. You want to remove the top from your tank to make sure you do not need it pumped. This can be a smelly job, which can be difficult if you do not have a riser. You may want to contact an excavation contractor to help you find the top to the tank and install a riser if you tank does not have one.

2. Inspect The Area The Drain Field To Make Sure It Is In Good Shape

The drain field is the next area where your septic system may have problems. When the soil becomes too saturated or solids get into the drainage pipes, it can cause the system to backup and eventually the tank to overfill. If you have an older system, you may want to contact an excavation contractor and talk with them about installing a larger chambered system for your septic tank, which can filter affluent better and have less problems with the drainage becoming backed up.

3. Check Plumbing For Signs Of Slow Draining That May Come From The Septic Tank

Plumbing may be another area you want to inspect with an older septic system. Sometimes, the only sign of a septic problem may be an area of your plumbing that has slower drainage. Check all the drains to make sure they drain quickly. If there are drains that are slower than others, this can be a sign of a problem. You will especially want to look at plumbing that is closest to the tank because these are areas where you will notice these problems more.

These are some of the things that you will want to inspect to ensure your septic system is not in need of maintenance. If you have an old septic drain field, it can eventually become over saturated and not filter correctly. You can contact an excavation contractor, such as Gerard Excavation LLC, to help with the installation of a new drain field if this is the problem with your system.