Collin Johnson, P.Eng, P.E.
You may not need a whole new septic system!
Septic Expert has extensive experience implementing solutions for older systems which are no longer meeting the needs of the home. In some cases a repair is as simple as adjusting or cleaning a distribution box.
This is why it is important to call the Septic Expert to inspect your old system before making plans for a new one; you never know how much money we can save you!
When possible we try to reuse existing components, but often it’s like putting a new coat of paint on a worn out car. Concrete septic tanks can often be brought up to date and reused, and older treatment systems can be upgraded.
Unfortunately when the septic field itself has failed due to the ravages of time, it is usually not feasible to spend time and money on repairing it.
We enjoy the challenges that small, or difficult lots place on onsite waste disposal, and our solutions are often simpler and more cost effective than alternatives. A large part of our business is replacement systems. We do our best to reuse existing system components to provide a long lasting, cost effective solution for older homes.
Does Your System Need a Repair?
Below could be a list of indications that the systems needs repairing
Backups – Problems with a septic system may surface as a backup in the drains and toilets. This generally looks like a black or dark liquid that collects at the bottom of the toilet or in the kitchen and bathroom sinks. This liquid will probably smell pretty bad
Slow Drain – When even cleaning products don’t help to clear slow drains in the sinks and toilets, this could be a symptom of a problem with the septic system. There may be the beginning of a sewage backup into the plumbing of the house, causing the slow drainage of water.
Surface Water – Septic systems that are experiencing problems sometimes have water on the ground above them. This can resemble a swampy area with about an inch of water on it. The area may also smell bad.
Green Grass – A lush, green lawn is often sought after, except when it is in only one spot: over the absorption field of a septic system. A problematic septic system might show itself through liquid bubbling up through the soil, thus helping the grass to stay extra green. A septic system that is healthy generally has the liquid heading downward.
Algae Buildup – When a lake next to a house with a septic system shows signs of excess algae, this could be a sign that the septic system in the home is having a problem. Nutrients from the septic system may be leaking into the pond and floating on the surface. This is not only a visual problem, but a health issue as well.
Odor – Bad odors around the house that are otherwise unexplained may be a sign of a faulty septic system. The smells from a septic system that needs repairs can build up and become unbearable.
Bacteria in Drinking Water – Septic system problems may show themselves in the drinking water from a well. Bacteria floating in well water could be a sign that the liquid from the septic system is in the water, from leakage either below or above the surface. This can be confirmed by water tests, which can be conducted by the health department.