How to Know If You Need to Repair or Replace Your Septic Tank

How to Know If You Need to Repair or Replace Your Septic Tank

Though the average lifespan of a septic tank is usually around 10-15 years, that doesn’t mean disaster can’t strike at any time. Misuse, overuse, or environmental factors can all play roles in the degradation of a septic tank. If enough damage accumulates, you might need to replace it entirely sooner rather than later.

Luckily, whether you need basic repairs or a full replacement, Avalanche Services can help. We happily provide both residential septic tank services and commercial septic tank services to all customers in and around the Poconos Mountains and Lake Wallenpaupack areas.

So, how do you know exactly what kind of work you need done? Here are some useful tips to help you determine when your septic tank needs to be repaired and when it needs to be replaced.

When to Get Your Septic Tank Repaired

In many instances, the difference between needing septic tank repairs versus needing a complete replacement comes down to how quickly you act upon noticing signs of a problem. Missing or ignoring these signs can cause a poorly functioning septic tank to worsen.

Even relatively inexpensive repairs could become major issues requiring costly replacements if neglected for too long. For example, if you notice persistent bad smells, sewage backup, or slow flushing or draining, then that likely means there’s either a blockage, a leak, or a malfunction in the tank, pump, or line.

If you notice any of these warning signs, call a professional immediately. In cases such as these, the underlying issue can usually be identified and fixed without the need for a full-scale replacement.

An Avalanche Services crew using a crane to clear the land for a new septic tank replacement

When to Get Your Septic Tank Replaced

All of the signs that your septic tank needs to be repaired, as discussed above, can also be signs that your septic tank needs to be replaced. However, there are other, more drastic signs to watch out for as well. These signs typically mean that whatever problem your tank suffers from has progressed to the point where replacement is the best option.

One such sign can actually be getting repairs done. Specifically, if you find your septic system needs repairs more and more frequently, then chances are there’s a fundamental problem that’s not being addressed. This could be a problem with the pump, line, or tank. Whatever it is, it will likely need to be replaced.

Another sign to watch out for is the unexplained appearance of pools of water or patches of muddy soil on the ground near your home, as this could be evidence of wastewater leaking from your tank. Additionally, keep an eye on your drinking water, especially if you have a well on-site. If this water is dirty, it could be the result of septic contamination, which poses a significant danger to the health of anyone and everyone using that water source.

Avalanche Systems Can Repair or Replace Your System

Whether you need septic tank repairs or septic tank replacements, no job is too big or too small for the home improvement professionals at Avalanche Services. We pride ourselves on our high level of quality, knowledge, and customer satisfaction, so you can rest assured that what work you require will be completed in accordance with the highest possible standards.

If you suspect something is wrong with your septic system, don’t wait. Every second that passes could make the problem worse, resulting in damage not just to your plumbing, but also your home, your land, or even your health.

Get the help you need from Avalanche Systems. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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  1. Afton Jackson

    My family has been telling me about the persisting sewage smell that’s been wafting around our house lately. Reading your article and learning of a potential reason this is happening makes me think that we should get things fixed before that smell really starts causing us some health issues. To do that well, I’ll look for a septic tank repair expert right away.

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