Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.
If you are planning to buy a home that does not rely on the city sewer system, then it likely has a septic system. A standard inspection will likely not include a septic system inspection, and therefore, it is possible for houses in certain jurisdictions to pass inspections despite having septic system issues. This means that if you decide to buy a home that has septic system issues, the costly burden of fixing those issues may be left up to you.
Life Expectancy of Septic System
Septic system tanks and drain fields can last 15 years or more. Having the systems pumped on schedule aids in prolonging their life. Keep in mind that the size of a tank is based upon the number of expected occupants. This means that if you have more or less occupants than the system is designed for, your septic pumping needs could be different.
Signs of Septic System Problems
There are a few telltale signs that a septic system may need to be replaced or repaired. You can identify these on your own.
Foul Odors - Keep in mind that foul odors do not necessarily mean that a system has failed. The odors could also be due to the system needing to be pumped or clogged/blocked components in the system.
Slow Drains - Pay attention to how water drains out of sinks. To do this, you will need to allow the water to run continuously for a few minutes. Afterwards, observe whether the water flows freely down drains or settles and slowly seeps down the drains. If a slow drain situation is present, it could be due to a blockage in the system, or it may be something more serious such as the system failing.
Vegetation Growth - If you notice that there is vegetation growing close to the septic system drain field, there is a possibility that there is a leak. Septic systems contain water and organic matter. When this leaks into the earth, green plants may grow in the area.
Gurgling Noises - These noticeable sounds can be heard near the drain field, and they can also be heard emitting from toilets. They are likely related to a drain field issue. You can take a walk around the drain field area and observe it for wetness. If it has recently rained or if the drain field is in close proximity to an irrigation system, the observation alone may not be enough.
Septic system tanks contain a dangerous gas called methane. Never attempt to inspect the inside of a tank alone. Even if you do not notice signs of a septic system problem, one could still be present. This is why it is best to use a septic and sewer service professional as a resource.Share