Septic Systems require routine maintenance in order to avoid septic repair and/or a new septic installation. Because tanks, pipes and drain fields are buried beneath the ground, it can be difficult to determine if your septic troubles are an easy fix or a symptom of a much larger problem. Either way, it is important to call a professional at the first sign of problems so a thorough septic inspection can be conducted. If you are experiencing any of the issues listed below, give us a call. We are one of the leading septic repair and septic installation companies in Chatttanooga and would be happy to find your family or business an affordable solution.

Signs You Need Tank Repair

The Yard Has Flooded with Wastewater

When septic drain fields become overly saturated, the result is a flooded lawn. There are many reasons why this occurs – and they aren’t all related to a problem with the tank itself. Sometimes the drain field is located in a bad position, where water pools during times of severe rain. If water is getting into your septic tank, backups can occur not only in the yard, but inside the house as well. However, sometimes a yard full of wastewater is evidence of damage to pipes. Unfortunately, septic tank pumping may not solve a problem like this, because after pumping the water out, it will simply fill back up again. A thorough inspection should be conducted to determine if a repair can fix the issue. If you live in the Chattanooga area, our septic specialists are experts in diagnosing and fixing problems like this.

Bad Smells

Sewage smells leaking into the home can be caused by plumbing issues rather than septic tank problems. If your family is experiencing this problem, be sure to contact a professional who understands the differences. However, if the smells are also noticeable in your yard, chances are your tank is backing up and it may be a sign of septic failure.

Clogged Toilets and Sinks

Every family experiences occasional clogged toilets and drains. Most of the time these issues can be resolved by snaking the drain to remove the object that is blocking the pipe. However, if your family is having frequent problems with pipes backing up, it could be a red flag that your septic system has a major problem. Over time, mineral deposits, debris and rust can seal the openings of the drainage pipes, making the wastewater from your home collect in the septic tank rather than seeping into the drain field area.

These are all major warning signs that your septic problems will need more than septic tank pumping or enzyme treatments. You may be in need of a septic tank repair. It’s important to schedule a septic inspection with a company you can trust. Septic repairs in Chattanooga can be very costly, but they don’t have to be. Our septic experts are highly trained and have years of field experience in diagnosing problems. Having a knowledgeable professional on your side could save your family thousands of dollars.

We provided septic tank pumping, septic inspection, septic tank repair and septic installation in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the surrounding area. If your Chattanooga home is having septic problems, don’t delay – give us a call and schedule a septic inspection today

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Make Sure You Get a Septic Cleaning

Simply placing a hose into your septic tank to flush out the effluent isn’t enough. Sometimes, unreliable service providers will do a quick pump, but not remove the sludge layer. The whole point of doing maintenance work on your septic tank is to remove the buildup of these layers. Getting a septic cleaning along with your septic pumping service is essential. We provide a thorough septic cleaning service to make sure that your tank is emptied of residue so your septic system works as good as new.

If your family is looking for septic tank pumping in Chattanooga, it’s recommended that you conduct a thorough septic inspection. In instances where a septic repair is necessary, pumping could cause damage to your system. At Chattanooga Septic Systems, we hire only the best professionals in the industry for our septic installation, repair and septic inspection services.

If it’s time for your family to get your tank pumped, give us a call and schedule an appointment with our team.

Do I Call a Plumber or a Septic Company for Drain Cleaning?

Drain cleaning can sometimes be problematic for people with septic systems, simply because it’s tough to know whether septic companies or plumbers should be called in to help. On the one hand, plumbers are great for all your indoor plumbing needs, but septic systems can present challenges they don’t normally get training on or have exposure to.

Always Call Your Chattanooga Septic Systems First

If you have a blockage and you can’t get water to drain, it could be a problem with the pipes inside the house or it could be an issue with a backup or clog where waste enters your tank. Plumbers are great and they know a lot of stuff, but they don’t often have experience dealing with septic systems. They can only diagnose what’s happening inside the house, and they often won’t touch any component of the septic system because they’re not familiar enough with it to diagnose or treat the problem.

Septic Companies are Drain Cleaning Pros

It’s often easy for septic companies to diagnose issues over the phone, based on the types of symptoms that are present. When this isn’t possible, a visual exam of the pipes and system clear up any doubt. Our technicians have a lot of tools at their disposal to aid in drain cleaning, often including cameras, so the area can be checked in a non-invasive way. If the clog is resistant to traditional snaking, hydro-jetting is ideal. This technique utilizes high-pressure water to blast away debris, but in a way that‘s gentle enough that it won’t harm the system or the environment. If the issue is related to the tank or its components, septic companies can clean it out and perform any necessary repairs fast, so your system is functioning normally as quickly as possible.

How Do Septic Systems Work?

When a public sewer system isn’t available, homes and businesses often use septic systems to handle the household’s used water and waste. In these cases, the building’s plumbing isn’t much different, but the waste is handled on-site with septic systems that require regular septic pumping and septic tank maintenance.

Most of the Work is Done In the Septic Tank, Itself

All of the water and waste leaves the building from a central pipe that takes it out to the septic tank. This includes sewage from the toilets, as well as water from baths, sinks, and kitchen use. The tanks may have a single compartment or two compartments that are used in sequence. When the waste and water flows in through the “inlet” of the tank, the “baffle” helps push it down into the tank, so it doesn’t settle on top. Eventually, the solids settle on the bottom of the septic tank, in a layer called “sludge,” while another layer of things like fats and toilet paper float to the top. This is called “scum.” The material in the middle, called “effluent,” is safe to leave the septic tank through the “outlet” where it’s dispersed into an absorption area, often referred to as a “leach field.”

The Leach Field Allows Effluent to Settle Into the Earth

There are a lot of different types of setups for what happens to the effluent when it leaves the septic tank. The area may be referred to as a leach field, drain field, septic field, septic drain field, septic tank drainfield, or septic leach field, but the concept is generally the same with these. The effluent isn’t quite clean yet, and so it’s carried through a series of pipes beneath the soil. The pipes have lots of holes, allowing the effluent can seep out. Any organic material in it is digested by the bacteria that naturally lives in the top layers of soil. A leach field is probably the most common setup, though there are also graywater recycling systems that can be hooked up, and some older homes also use a “soak pit,” which is essentially a hole filled with rocks or gravel.

Septic Pumping and Septic Tank Maintenance Keep a System Running

Understandably, the layers of sludge and scum tend to build up, so septic systems and their pipes need to be cleaned regularly. Most of the time, a 3-5 year schedule is recommended, to keep the system running optimally, but the time may increase if the home has a garbage disposal or if a lot of people are contributing to filling the tank.

Will a Septic Tank Service Solve a Smell?

Many people consider putting in a call for septic tank service when they start to notice a smell. If you haven’t had septic tank cleaning done in a while, it may well be time to schedule an appointment. Systems should be pumped every 3-5 years, and even as often as annually when a garbage disposal is in use or when a lot of people produce wastewater in the building. However, you may be able to avoid a septic tank service call by checking a couple of things first.

1. Verify All the Drains Have Water in Them

All the drains in the building should have water in the curve. This stops gas from coming back up into the building. Run water in each of the drains, including those in the basement.

2. Make Sure the Vents Are Clear

Septic system vents are usually on the roof of a home and they allow the natural gasses to escape. If you’re familiar with your system and the vents, double check that they aren’t obstructed.

3. Check Gaskets and Screws

Toilets tend to loosen over time or the gaskets get some wear and tear. Take a look at the toilets in the building and make sure they’re secure.

Schedule Septic Tank Service if This Doesn’t Resolve the Smell or if You Notice Other Symptoms

Although these are some of the most common and easily resolved issues, there are a lot of components in a septic system. If none of these fixed the problem, it’s a good idea to schedule a septic tank service call. Equally, if you notice other issues, like water backing up, standing water around your tank or leach field, or hear a gurgling sound coming from the drains, it’s important to place the call right away. Those are all signs of system failure and you’ll want the problem taken care of before any damage is done.

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