Learning About Septic Repair Techniques

How A Leaking Septic Tank Pipe Is Repaired

If the ground above your septic tank is soggy, or there is an odor of sewage in your yard, then your septic tank may be in trouble. While septic tanks that are properly maintained can work for many years without having any problems, there's always the potential for malfunctions that need prompt repairs. Since a septic tank contains biohazardous material, leaks should be repaired right away. Here's a look at how your septic tank can be repaired when it's leaking:

Determine The Cause Of The Leak

Bring in a septic tank professional to check your tank and figure out why it's leaking; a broken pipe or cracked tank could be to blame. Of course, it's also necessary to check the tank to make sure it isn't simply clogged or overflowing. If that's the case, pumping the tank could be the easy solution to the problem.

While cracks in septic tanks are a possibility, a likely cause is a cracked pipe that leads to the tank or that leads away from the tank to the drain field. Pipes can be damaged by tree roots that bust them apart, or by driving over the top of them with a car or tractor.

How A Damaged Septic Tank Pipe Is Repaired

When a busted pipe is the problem, then you shouldn't have to worry about replacing the entire tank; instead, the pipe can be repaired or replaced. If the damage is extensive, replacing the section of pipe is best. For small cracked or collapsed areas, the damaged area of pipe is cut out and a new section is added. The new pipe might be PVC pipe that can be secured in place with pipe cement and couplers.

To do this work, it's necessary to dig up the soil around the pipe so the pipe can be accessed. The septic professional may want to use a pipe camera first to look for the damaged area to make sure your yard isn't dug up unnecessarily. Additionally, a pipe camera has a location beacon on it that pinpoints the damaged section so the precise area of your yard can be dug up for minimal disruption.

Once the pipe is repaired, it is tested for leaks to ensure the problem is solved and then soil is backfilled into the trench. Because this work involves handling contaminated materials, it's a dangerous DIY project. When it comes to septic tank repair, call for help so you don't expose yourself to dangers or make the problems with your septic tank worse.


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