We all know the dangers, or rather a number of unpleasant scenarios that may occur when a full septic tank is left unattended for a while, or when no service is performed on a septic system. In these scenarios your septic systems become unstable, ready to blow at any time like a ticking bomb. So in order to avoid having septic water explode from the tank and end up all around our backyard a good part of our neighbor’s yard, we schedule a service to repair the damage and clean the system to ensure that its running efficiently. If you ever wondered how this process is conducted, you’re in the right place to find out.
Before the maintenance team can determine what’s causing the problem they need to remove every single liter of liquid that is in the septic system. This means stopping the system by turning down the water source, pumping out the liquid, and finally assessing the situation. Once everything is clean, and there is no more sludge, water, scum or debris in the septic tank they need to inspect every inch of it.
Assessing the Situation
In most cases what leads to malfunction in system causing it to fail, is exes of sludge in the inlet or outlet. This exes of sludge is generated through time, adding layers and layers one on top another until it reaches the outlet level causing it to choke. This is extremely dangerous, so it’s advised to perform regular maintenance on your septic system every once in a while. Once the sludge is removed from the outlet, further tests are performed in order to determine the effectiveness of the system.
Damaged Structure of a Septic Tank
If you leave your septic tank full for extended period of time, the pressure of gases in the tank can damage the vents, outlet or inlet, or even the entire structure of your septic tank. Damage on chamber structure will result in pour effectiveness of the water separation process in the sedimentation zone. You can figure out if you have a damaged outlet if the odor is to strong as gas from the tank has no other place to go than up into the air. Small cracks in the structure can also result in a more potent septic odor, so pay attention to these indicators of damaged structure.