Septic tanks – to repair or replace, that’s the question.
We’ve talked recently about some of the more common septic tank problems and troubleshooting tips.
But not all septic tank problems are easily identifiable, due to the fact they’re buried underground.
And even if you are able to accurately identify the issue, its suitability for repair or not is something you may need professional help to determine.
Expert septic tank support
The only sure-fire way to figure out what’s wrong with your septic tank – and whether it can be fixed – is via a septic tank survey.
If your septic tank is relatively new and has suffered a relatively small amount of damage, it may be possible to repair it.
Superficial cracks, or damage to pipes that impair the system’s function can often be mended without the need for a full system replacement.
Typical areas requiring repair may include:
- Collapsed or damaged baffle
- Tree root damage
- Dip pipe damage
- Cracks due to ground movement
It’s worth checking your home insurance documents as sometimes certain repairs can be covered by a policy.
It’s not a good idea to attempt repairs yourself, as without professional expertise (and the right tools and equipment), you could make the problem worse.
And even if the damage to the septic tank itself doesn’t seem too bad, you’ll need to ensure other parts of the system haven’t been affected.
For example, if the soakaway isn’t functioning properly then the waste water going into the drainage field may not satisfy legal requirements.
Small sewage treatment plants
If your septic tank is older and releases waste water directly into a ditch or watercourse, then repair is unlikely to be the best option.
In order to comply with current septic tank legislation, you may need a replacement system, known as a small sewage treatment plant.
These systems purify waste water more thoroughly and are therefore more environmentally friendly.
The size and type you need will depend on the size of your property or number of people living there.
Want to learn more about septic system repairs?
If you’re experiencing problems with your septic tank but are unsure what the next step is, help is available.
Whether your system can be repaired, or needs replacing with a more up-to-date sewage treatment will probably depend on a survey visit.
If you’d like to speak to a specialist or arrange an appointment, please get in touch.