November 15, 2018 by

If you experience a long-standing problem with your septic system, the unit’s issue could impact your entire property. Understanding more about your septic system’s performance and maintenance will reduce your costs over the coming years. In this post, we’ll go into detail on how to service your septic system.

Contact a specialist the moment you experience an issue

If you notice a drainage issue on your property or any other signs of a problem, alert your local septic system service team immediately. Not only can they help to prevent the system from causing further damage to the property, but they can also ensure your family’s safety in the event of a septic leak.

When you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to call your local service expert:

  • Pooling liquid in the yard

If you notice pooled liquid in the yard, this is a clear sign that the drainage system within your septic unit isn’t working properly.

  • Slow drainage

If you have a slow drainage issue that persists, call your local septic service team. The issue could be due to a blockage within your septic unit, which is a potential disaster waiting to happen.

  • Foul odors

Foul odors coming from the septic system and the drainage field are clear indications of a leak. If you notice an odor that persists over several hours, call a specialist right away.

  • Toilet flushing problems

When your toilet drains slowly or doesn’t flush at all, you could be experiencing a problem with your septic system. Usually, the issue is simply that the tank is full and you need to have it pumped to remove the waste.

Repair needs over the long-term

In terms of everyday maintenance and long-term repair needs, one of the most common is repairing the inlet or outlet baffle. You may also find that your system and its components lose performance with age. This could simply be down to wear and tear. For example, over time, you may find that the biomat matures, causing clogging of the soil pores. The biomat will eventually seal off the bottom of the drain field and cause wastewater to pool underneath.

The solution to this common issue is to have your septic tank pumped annually. Routine septic tank pumping will help flush the gradually accumulating layers of sludge and sediment within your system. Without committing to the flushing process, wastewater and solids become more difficult to remove from the septic drain and you may be at risk of septic failure.

Make sure you undergo inspection by a specialist

One of the most common mistakes that septic system owners make is refusing to have their system inspected by a specialist annually. While there may not be any clear signs of septic system failure currently, small indicators can easily be missed by those without experience in the industry. Performing a unit inspection can help you to make proactive choices about your maintenance needs and ensure an affordable septic service that keeps the system running effectively for the years ahead.

When searching for a specialist for the inspection and pumping process, take these elements into consideration:

  • Experience

It takes only one small mistake during the pumping process to cause lasting damage to the property. Ensure you choose a septic tank service professional with decades of experience in the industry to their name. To confirm their experience, ask the professional questions directly before you invite them to your home to begin the work. For example, ask them about how they will complete the pumping process and discuss the steps involved. This should tell you all you need to know about the company’s experience and understanding of septic systems maintenance.

  • Cost

The cost to have your system inspected and pumped varies depending on the company and the level of work involved. Make sure that you’re comfortable with the cost before you sign any documents for the maintenance work. The company should provide you with a detailed price breakdown that includes both material and labor costs. This information will help ensure that there are no surprises once work begins, as well as provide you with a general budget.

  • Timeline

Septic system inspection and pumping work must be completed to tight timelines, particularly when your property is at stake. When discussing the service options available with your chosen company, ask them about their timelines and how quickly they can have one of their specialists review your septic system. If their timetable covers months rather than weeks, you might be better choosing an alternative service provider.

  • Local options

The best choice for your system is working with a local company. This is because if you work with a local company, they can respond to any issues within minutes, and ensure that the work is followed-up. Working with a company many miles away from your home might mean that you have to wait for their service team to arrive if you experience an issue. Make sure that your chosen specialist boasts a solid reputation locally.

Turn to Roto-Rooter for Quality Septic System Service Work

Our team at Roto-Rooter specializes in affordable septic service work based on the highest standards. We have decades of experience in the industry and have helped a variety of property owners safeguard their families and their homes against septic system issues.

We’re available on short notice to visit your property and to inspect your system. To learn more about our company and the full range of service options we provide, please call us today.