3 Questions to Ask Before a Septic Inspection
Jul 19, 2022
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A slow drain is an early warning sign that there may be problems in your septic system. The health of your septic tank relies on proper drainage. If you notice that water drains slowly from your sink or toilet, you may have a septic tank problem.
Several factors can cause a slow drain. One of the most common causes is tree roots growing into the pipe joints of your plumbing system. Tree roots attract the nutrient-rich wastewater that flows through your pipes, resulting in a clogged pipe and a slow drain. If this occurs, you will need to have your plumbing system inspected by a professional plumber who can recommend solutions for removing the tree roots from your pipes. You will also need an electric snake or hydro-jetting machine to clear out any debris or other obstructions within your pipes and septic system so they can function properly again.
Another cause of slow drains is a clog inside the actual drain itself. This could be caused by grease build-up, hair clogs, or other debris that has built up inside the drain and eventually formed into rocks too heavy for even water pressure to push through them.
A backup occurs when wastewater flows back into your home or business through the drains and toilets. This can happen because of a clog in the sewer line or a problem with your septic tank or drain field (the underground area where wastewater flows into). A backup can cause serious damage to your property and pose health risks for people who live there.
If you don't know what caused the backup, it's best to have Septic Blue of Raleigh come out and check things out for you before you start making any repairs. While you can use chemicals to clear out the line, this only works temporarily and can potentially damage your pipes further down the line. A far better solution would be to have a professional come out and inspect your system and perform necessary repairs if necessary.
A septic tank can produce some unpleasant odors. But if you smell anything resembling sulfur or rotten eggs, it could indicate that your system is malfunctioning. This may be caused by improper maintenance, wastewater backing up the house, or a leaky pipe.
Methane gas smells like rotten eggs or sewer gas and is often accompanied by an oily sheen floating on top of the water in the tank. Methane gas is toxic and explosive so if you notice any signs of this gas in your home, seek help urgently.
Additionally, if you hear strange noises coming from under your home, it could be an indicator of a problem with your septic system. These noises can range from bubbling to gurgling and even whooshing sounds when water rapidly flows through pipes.
A damaged pipe can lead to several problems, including water damage and mold growth. If you notice any leaks in your home, get them fixed immediately. If you don't have a plumber on hand, contact a professional directly so that they can assess the damage and determine whether or not it's serious enough to require septic tank repair. Pipes leading out of the tank should be buried deep enough so it won't freeze during winter, but if it's damaged or cracked, you need to call a professional for repairs.
If you notice any warning signs above, it is time to call a professional from Septic Blue of Raleigh to inspect your septic tank and drainfield system. The cost of repairs will be much less than the cost of repairs if a problem goes undetected and additional damage occurs. Septic Blue of Raleigh specializes in septic tank pumping. Be proactive!