17 Feb 2017

The most wide-spread factor of septic system obstructions is the absence of routine maintenance. According to the current standards and guidelines, sewage-disposal tanks need to be cleaned every 2 years to make sure the system keeps working effectively. During this procedure, the tank is completely cleaned out together with all the solids and sludge that are the main reason of clogs. It  also allows to reduce the pressure of your septic field and helps it to absorb excess water.
If you are sure, that you need septic tank cleaning or pumping, we advice to call specialists prior to a plumbing technician. In most cases, a plumber will only prove your thought about the septic system issue and you will just waste your time and money. Call Chattanooga Septic Systems professionals initially.

Obstructions take place in 3 main places:

Between your home and the septic tank

If your toilet does not flush any longer, however your sinks still drain effectively, then you probably  have an obstruction in the toilet itself. Such blockages can frequently be cleared with a plunger or plumbing technician’s snake (to save money, you can also rent them from a hardware shop or tool rental shop). If these 2 alternatives do not work, you’ll have to call a plumber to unclog your toilet.

If both your toilets and sinks do not work, an obstruction might exist in the pipelines  between your home and septic system. Your finest alternative is to call Chattanooga Professionals and ask to examine and clean your septic system. As soon as the tank is empty, we’ll have the ability to run a plumbing professional’s snake to clear the inlet pipeline if such clog exists.

Clogs in the septic system between the inlet pipeline and inlet deflector

The most typical obstructions we come across are caused by the accumulation of solids  between the pipeline and the deflector, which doesn’t let wastewater and solids get in the tank. Generally, releasing such clogs is extremely simple. The property owner needs to open the tank cover and use a shovel to press the obstruction far from the pipeline. Any wastewater left  in the pipeline needs to  flush itself into the tank, making the system function again.

Obstructions between the tank and the outlet to the septic field

This kind of clog generally happens in septic systems with a filter on the outlet pipeline. Such outlet filters  can effectively prevent solids from going into septic fields however they can get blocked. Unfortunately, lots of septic tank installers are good at selling these filters, but fail to emphasize that these filters must be cleaned minimum 2 times year. You need to open the septic tank lid, take off the filter, wash it out and re-install it in the tank. It is necessary to carefully close the tank lid when you finish.

Please be particularly careful when working around the septic system. If you are not sure about exactly what to do, call us for service.

02 Feb 2017

Absolutely nothing can be as unpleasant as a septic system that has actually stopped working. The most typical reasons for septic system issues comprises  blocking and obstructions from solids and tree roots, damaged pipelines or a blockage within the septic pipes. Usually the blockage inside a pipe can be caused by excessive amount of wastewater washing sludge down the tank and distribution pipes.

Natural aging process is also one of the major causes for septic system failure. It can be reversed with regulated aeration of the septic tank. By keeping abreast of several eloquent testimonies, anyone can delay this situation.

First Symptoms

The very first symptom of a broken septic tank is a slow water blow-down in your kitchen and bathroom, e.g. sinks and toilets in addition to gurgling sounds, sewage odors, unending drainage backups, or even bacteria in the water. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, check for more noticeable signs of a septic system failure.

Inspect the absorption field for uncommonly strong smells. Once uncleared wastewater seeps  into the surrounding soil, gases from the waste degradation process go to the surface and are quickly recognizable. The smell of sewage in the house is a true sign of an issue. The location of the strongest smell will indicate where the septic system broke down. After this, visual cues often come out as well. They are:

  1. Lush patches of  grass or flourishing plants if other areas are not so bright. It may point to the presence of effluent in that particular place. The matter is, that septic effluent works as a great dressing due to high concentration of dissolved nitrate and phosphate. These flourishing areas may indicate a leak or even worse an advanced failure of the system that needs expensive repairs.
  2. The presence of pooled effluent on the grass or ground of the yard. If this has occurred, it means the surrounding soil has soaked in untreated waste material. The smell is typically overwhelming at this area. This situation presents a serious health hazard, and a licensed professional should be called in to make an assessment. Excessively saturated soil around the tank can be quite weak and may collapse.


Even if you have noticed all these signs and sure in your septic system failure – never try to enter a tank or a cesspool, because it may not only injure, but also kill – drowning or suffocation by the caught gases within the tank are the most common accidents. Save your health, time and money – call to specialist, Chattanooga Septic Systems  to solve this issue or get a routine evaluation and cleansing to conserve considerable cash in the end.