A good septic system is an invaluable component to the plumbing of your home. Considering how important the plumbing of your home is to the overall safety of that space, it makes sense to take septic system repair and replacement seriously.
No one is saying you have to be an expert on repair and/or replacement work. In fact, in either situation, it is almost always a better idea to trust what you need to the experts. However, it can be pretty helpful to know when it’s time to call in plumbers in the first place.
If your septic system is having problems, there are a few signs you’re going to need to look for.
Common Septic System Problems
A good septic system, when properly cared for, can last anywhere from twenty to thirty years. However, if your system is currently experiencing any problems, which can become highly destructive and expensive, if not dealt with quickly, you will probably notice the following warning signs:
- Your toilets and drains are extremely slow to flush completely. If either or both of these things are having flushing problems on a regular basis, the septic system is going to be a likely culprit.
- The presence of a discolored liquid.
- The presence of distinctive, unpleasant odors. These odors should be most prevalent after you have flushed the toilet, or done anything that requires a healthy septic system. Trust us when we tell you that you’re going to notice this odor!
- Check the area above and around either your septic system or leach field spot. Is liquid coming to the surface after flushing? Is liquid even coming to the surface after a particularly serious rainstorm? You will definitely want to look for a discoloration once again.
These are some of the most common septic system issues you will encounter. What you need to do at this point is decide if you should opt for repairs, or if replacement is the only course of action. Again, this is generally best left for the professionals to decide. At the same time, there are still a few things you can keep an eye out for.
Should I Repair Or Replace My Septic System?
The difference between repair or replacement for a septic system is obviously going to involve a great deal of money. Again, most repair and replacement tasks are best left to the pros. This is a matter of spending a little money now to save a good deal more money later on.
Pumping your septic system is one of the first things you can do, combined with trying to use your system as frugally as possible, even if your system isn’t due for such maintenance for the foreseeable future. In terms of specific repairs, it could be a matter of a pipe that needs to be replaced. A good plumber will be able to determine if certain parts needs to be swapped out, or if it’s time to have a new septic system installed altogether.
If you’re concerned about your septic system, Red Hat Plumbing is standing by. Contact us today to set up an appointment.
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