Septic Tank Chaos and How to Avoid It

When was the last time you cleaned your septic tank?

In the video below, we’ll show you what it looks like when the septic tank has been left for too long and become really bad.

You should do it every seven years or so.

So what happens is it normally goes from that tank into the next tank and then chokes up your leach drain.

That’s why it’s good to do it within seven years. In fact, even better if you do it every five years as recommended by the Department of Health to keep the disposal system working properly. But you might need to do it more often if they overflow or become blocked.

Problem Signs

Department of Health lists some signs that a septic tank is not working properly:

  • The sewage in the toilet or the liquid waste from other fixtures flows away very slowly
  • Liquid waste overflows from the disconnector trap
  • You can see wet areas at the top of the it
  • There is a strong unpleasant smell near it
  • The grass around the tank is very green and growing well

In the case of on-site disposal systems, it is important to remember that some of these signs may indicate problems with the leach drain. Therefore, these drains will need to be checked at the same time as the septic tanks are checked. If the septic tank and the leach drain need to be pumped out, both should be done at the same time.

We have a couple of examples to show why you shouldn’t flush the so-called flushable wipes or wet wipes down the toilet.

If you any help with this, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.