Trust the Septic Tank Experts
If you see standing water above your drain field, terrible odors taking over the backyard or if your toilets are running slowly or backing up into the house then you know something is wrong with your septic system.
Depending on what’s causing the problem, you’ll face some big decisions about whether to repair or replace the equipment.
A failing septic tank wastewater system or one in need of repair can contaminate groundwater, surface water, and your yard with nutrients, bacteria, and viruses so any warning signed should be checked out by a professional immediately. There are many possible causes, but a licensed repair company like FloHawks can repair or replace damaged septic tanks. We have the full range of experience to handle repairs and replacements of every size.
In the meantime, be sure to employ safety precautions so that you and your family stay safe!
Keep children and pets away from the mess including any wet areas in the yard. For more information on staying safe, click here for the Washington State’s Department of Health On-Site Septic System or check your local health department’s website to learn what you can do while repairing or replacing a septic system.
How Do Septic Systems Fail?
The most common septic tank failures happen when septic bacteria and septic tank enzymes are killed off in septic tanks by harsh household cleaning chemicals or strong medications. Other problems arise when septic tank pumps, septic filters, and septic tank aerators break down. All these situations allow septic tank sludge to escape from the septic tank, overload the septic tank drain field with solids, and cause the bacteria to become out of balance. To prevent such failures, be sure to have your septic system designed by a qualified engineer specific to your site’s conditions.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Septic System?
Some problems can be solved relatively easily. If there’s standing water or a sewage odor between the septic tank and the drain field, it may be nothing more than a broken pipe. There are many ways to combine treatment and drain field alternatives so your best bet is to have a qualified professional complete an assessment of your situation.
- What is the expected lifetime of a septic system?
All septic systems have a finite life, meaning they may eventually fail. How long a system will last from its first day of usage depends on a lot of factors starting with proper design, sizing, and installation, soil composition, water table or water table change throughout the years, trees and subsequently tree root intrusion, amount of use and abuse, and last but not least, proper routine maintenance and pumping.
- What are some signs that my septic tank may need to be repaired or replaced?
The age of your septic system, along with the amount of use and abuse will determine when you will need to have repairs or replacements. Some components can be repaired. Others may need to be replaced. Since every system is different, we can make a determination on a case-by-case basis. If you notice any of these failure warning signs contact us immediately for assistance:
- Odors, surfacing sewage, wet spots, or lush vegetation growth in the drain field area
- Plumbing or septic tank backups
- Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system
- Slow draining fixtures
- What does a replacement service entail? What should I expect?
Replacement services for your septic system really depend on what exactly is going on with your situation. You can replace all or some of the components of your septic system. If you need a new tank to be installed, the process could be relatively straightforward. If new requirements and/or county codes require a new type of drain field your replacement could be more involved. Don’t worry – we can help you get in touch with a professional designer and/or qualified engineer to determine the best design for your system.
- How much does a replacement septic system cost?
Do an Internet search on this question and you will find many different answers ranging from $4,500 to $30,000. Basically, the answer is dependent on your situation. There are several factors to consider when estimating the cost to install a septic tank system replacement. You will need to know what type of system is best for your needs and property (gravity, pressure distribution, sand filtered, or mound). What is the landscape like? What is the type of soil? How much digging will have to be performed? Depending on the location and the complexity of the installation, you may also need to get permits. The best answer is to call us and we will walk through the process and give you a reliable quote. We can also help you find out if your county has any low-interest financing programs available for your replacement septic system. This is not a place to cut corners – working with a professional is absolutely necessary to ensure that everything is correctly installed. Septic tank installation could lead to a lot of damage and pricey repairs if done incorrectly.
Call us anytime at (253) 205-0706 or use our convenient Schedule Your Service tool, which allows you to set an appointment that best fits your schedule!