About 20% of American households rely on septic tanks to dispose of sewage, particularly in rural areas where it may be costly or impractical to run a sewer line to a remote structure. Septic tanks are designed to be long-lasting. They are made of durable materials such as concrete, plastic, or fiberglass, and when used properly they can last up to fifty years.
Still, septic tanks need to be replaced eventually, and unforeseen circumstances may cause problems for your septic system that necessitate repairs. SoCal Sewer provides septic tank repair and replacement for the Los Angeles metro area, including Long Beach and Orange County.
Common Problems with Septic Systems
A septic system consists of a tank, where bacteria digest and break down sewage, and a drainage field, where the resulting water and other material is discharged to evaporate or absorb into the soil. Problems can occur with each portion of this system, including:
- Flushing large non-biodegradable waste items down the toilet, such as cotton swabs, tampons, condoms, and diapers, can block your pipes and cause overflow or spillage.
- Roots from trees or shrubbery may infiltrate into your pipes or tank.
- Flooding from heavy rains, snowmelt, or overflow of rivers and streams can overload your system. Similarly, a high water table can result in groundwater backing up your pipes or tank.
- If your drainfield is covered by an impermeable surface such as asphalt or concrete, it will no longer function effectively.
- If your tank is not pumped frequently enough, sludge will build up inside and back up your pipes.
When operating correctly, septic systems are odor-free and work quietly in the background. But if you notice sewage backing up in your house or unpleasant smells starting to accumulate, it’s time to call in a plumber.
Professional Septic Tank Repair
SoCal Sewer is experienced at repairing septic systems and replacing septic tanks and drainfields when necessary. We have 24/7 service, so don’t hesitate to call us in an emergency. It is usually the property owner’s responsibility to maintain a septic system, so you won’t have to worry about interacting with your city’s utilities provider. Contact us for immediate help with septic system problems.