Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

Selling Your Home? Make Sure You Get Your Septic System Inspected

by Alexa Kim

A septic system that is in need of repair can cause contaminated water in your home, as well as cause pollution, such as to any nearby beaches. Title 5 Services protects you and your family from these health threats by requiring a septic system be inspected before any type of sale, including the sale of a home. The results of the inspection of your septic tank will be given to your local board of health, who will put the inspection in a file in case it is needed at a later time. If your system does not pass inspection, it will have to be repaired or replaced. Below is some information about some problems that may be found with your septic system so you can get it taken care of.

Signs You Have a Septic Tank Problem

There are signs you can watch out for that tell you that you have a problem with your septic tank. One thing you can easily see is the ground above your septic tank stays wet all the time. You will likely smell a sewage odor inside your home, as well as in the drain field around your septic tank.

Your drains may run slow or you may hear a gurgling sound each time you flush a toilet. You may have constant backups in your toilet or other drains in your home. You may have a septic tank alarm somewhere outside, which is generally a red light that comes on.

Common Problems You May Have

It can be difficult for you to diagnose a septic problem on your own, but if you are seeing any of the above symptoms, some things that may be causing them include:

  • Sludge is built up due to not having your septic tank pumped regularly
  • Tree roots may have infiltrated drain pipes, causing cracks
  • Septic filter may be clogged if you have not had it cleaned regularly
  • There may be compacted soil, which can cause drainfield piping to break
  • Drain lines or septic tank baffles may be broken
  • There may be too much grease in the tank if you put a lot of grease down your sink

Contact a septic tank company that specializes in Title 5 services to come to your home and inspect your tank. They can determine what your problem is and repair it for you. The company will also set up a schedule with you to come to your home and pump your tank if you don't already have one.


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Keeping Our Plumbing On Point

After dealing with a debilitating sewage flood a few years back, I decided to turn my attention to the proper care and maintenance of our septic tank. We had never spent much time trying to keep things in good shape, but we didn't want to deal with another sewage problem. To make things right, we met with the septic tank professionals and talked about how to keep our system in good shape. We worked hard to check for problems, and we called in the professionals at the first sign of trouble. Ever since then, we haven't had any issues. This blog is all about keeping your plumbing on point.