Troubleshooting Septic System Pump Problems Troubleshooting Septic System Pump Problems

Many problems can arise in a septic system pump. The most difficult task in determining how to fix the problem is figuring out what is creating the problem. Once you become familiar with your septic system pump, detecting problems that arise will come more common in figuring out.

Routine Inspection

Always completely observe your septic system before a problem arises so you are aware of what it looks like normally. Remove the lid of the septic tank and look inside. Take a not of the level of the water inside the septic tank. If the water level appears normal, than the septic system problem does not exist here. This could hint that there is a minor clog or a sewer snake clogged up the line.

If the level in the septic tank is above normal, than the line leaving the tank is clogged up. Possible culprits could be a saturated field, remaining sludge, damaged drainage lines, or the drain can be backup from tree roots.

A Poor Flush

When you flush the toilet and the water does not go down with ease, this can be a sign that there is a problem with your septic system. The snake may be out of line, resulting in mud backup. Another reason of a poor flush can be due to improper maintenance by homeowners. Often times, when a system has a poor flush it is due to a backup of various wastes that can actually clog the tank beyond repair. 

Smell or Flooding

Puddles of water or any odors can be signs that water is seeping up out of the ground.

Septic System Failure

A septic system failures when it does not effectively take in liquid wastes. Also, when biological and nutrient contaminants get into your well from nearby lakes or stream this is a sign that your septic system has failed. 

Toilet Backup

Waste water is not disposed of properly. If odor is coming from the waste water it may be a sign that the drain field is saturated. If this is so, it can be replaced.

High Water Table in Spring

Septic system operation can slow down due to high water table that can saturate the soil around the surrounding trenches. The one way to fix this is to subsurface the tile drainage to drain to lower the water table. When this occurs, the drainage tile must discharge to a surface ditch.

Leaky Faucets and Toilets

Water leaking from faucets and toilets can also affect absorption field operation. To fix this you must always keep plumping fixtures in proper condition. 

Obstruction of Tank-to-Field Line

This problem happens were solids or tree roots over flow the tank. Another cause of this could be a collapse of a pipe section. To fix this you need to pump the tank and clear the line. Next, you will repair the broken section. 

Always remember to have your system check yearly for any leaks or sludge. Contact a plumping contractor who is licensed if you are unsure on how to fix a problem. Always conserve water if you can. 

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