For a lot of years when indoor plumbing first came into the picture, a steel septic tank was just the norm. However, with modern advances in indoor plumbing technology and septic systems in general, most outdated steel septic tanks were replaced by tanks built from materials much more resilient to the elements, such as concrete or even fiberglass. If you live in a home with an aging steel septic tank buried on the property, you can pretty much guarantee replacement will have to happen at some point in the near future.
Septic systems have two main components that process waste water from your home. These are the tanks and the drain fields. With older systems, tanks can have problems with leaks and failing baffles, which are dividing walls inside the tank. This can lead to serious problems with the drain field, as well as problems inside your home. Here are some of the signs that your tank has leaks or damaged baffles that are in need of repairs.
If you notice a smell that you think is coming from your septic tank, it's important to act quickly to avoid big problems with septic tank overflow and other hazardous conditions. Here are some steps to take.
First Step: Make Sure it Isn't Gas
Before you begin to diagnose the septic tank issues, make sure that the problem isn't actually with your gas lines. A sulfurous, rotting egg smell is common with gas leaks, and these issues can be explosive.
Septic systems are very intricate, and many homeowners have come up with DIY septic repairs that supposedly help ensure everything runs smoothly. While some of these home repairs work well, some are misguided and could devastate your septic system.
Instead of relying on myths from others on how to maintain your septic system, be sure to consult a professional septic service about what works and commit to a regular professional maintenance schedule instead of waiting for problems to occur.
A common misconception about septic tanks is that the waste goes into the tank where it is contained until it eventually needs to be pumped out. That is simply not true, since bacteria inside the tank breaks down the solid waste so that it can safely decompose in the ground outside of the tank. Therefore, the soil that the waste goes into can actually have an impact on a septic tank.