Septic tanks are useful systems, but if they’re not properly maintained or are too old, then things can get unpleasant. Here are some common problems that can happen with old or badly-maintained septic systems:

Overflowing Drains and Toilets

Old or poorly-maintained septic systems can often lead to overflowing drains and toilets. This is because the older a tank is or the more infrequently it’s been maintained, the more likely it is that there’s simply too much waste in the tank. If the tank is still fairly new but hasn’t been pumped in several years, then having a company pump out your septic tank may be the solution to your problem. With really old septic tanks, however, the only way to fix the issue may be to replace the tank altogether.

Sewer Stench and Too-Green Grass

If you have a septic tank and the inside of your house smells like sewer gas, then that’s a clear sign that you need to call the plumber. There are other problems that might cause the smell, but an old or overflowing septic tank is a likely culprit. If the smell occurs outside over the tank and the grass over the septic tank is looking especially lush, then you’ve almost certainly got an overflowing tank. Greener grass over a septic tank isn’t an uncommon phenomenon—the drainage field does contain a lot of nutrients—but wild growth and the smell of waste are not normal. If you notice either, then you need to have your septic tank checked out by an expert.

Overflow

Virtually every problem with an old or poorly-maintained septic tank can be traced back to one issue: overflow. Even if you aren’t experiencing the symptoms of overflow that we’ve described above, you should still be on the lookout for it. You can usually prevent overflow from causing backups or smells by doing some simple math—all you really need to do is figure out how long it’s been since you had your septic tank pumped or installed. If it’s been more than seven years since the tank was pumped, then you should definitely call someone to take care of the issue before your overflow overflows into your home.

If you’re suffering from some of the problems we’ve mentioned or think that your tank is due to be pumped or replaced, then you should call YourTownCesspoolNY. Priority is a full-service company that performs sewer and drain cleaning, cesspool and septic tank installation, excavation, emergency plumbing, and cesspool and septic services of all kinds. To learn more about us and how we can help you, call (631) 234-5515 today.

Also, check out the following links for common problems on septic tanks and cesspools

  1. What are the symptoms of a full septic tank?
  2. Tips for a healthier septic system
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