Importance of Septic Systems
Septic systems are a vital part of your residential or commercial building. While they are very much out of sight, you may not realize how important of a role they play in your plumbing system.
If your building has a septic tank, it’s located underground and collects sewage that decomposes through an anaerobic system. Septic systems in Wausau must be carefully maintained and repaired because if a part of it fails, sewage might surface up or flow into a place it shouldn’t be.
The trained and certified technicians at PGA Inc. have ample experience in repairing and installing septic systems. We understand how significant these systems are to your homes, business, and neighborhood, and how a malfunctioning septic system can be extremely inconvenient and unpleasant. That’s why we treat every case with utmost care and do everything we can to get your septic system up and working properly.
Septic System Repair
If there’s a part of your septic system that isn’t working properly, it’s likely that the whole system will be affected. Dealing with repairs as they come up, big or small, will prevent bigger issues down the line. Some common septic system issues include:
Emergency tank plumbing: solid waste tends to develop on the bottom of a septic tank, which needs to be pumped out at least once a year. If it’s not done often enough, the sludge can rise very high and lead to sewage backup.
Broken drain field piping: there are pipes in the drain field which distribute water through the tank. If they shift in the ground or there are blockages, there will be severe draining problems.
Broken septic baffles: baffles in a septic tank prevent solid waste from entering the drain field, so they need to be replaced if they’re not working properly at all times.
Signs You Need a Repair
While your septic system is entirely out of sight to you, there are still some noticeable signs that signify it’s time to call in a septic system professional.
- Clogged drains: your septic tank is connected to all the drains in your house, so if they are clogged or running very slowly, something with your septic system may be off.
- Sewage backup: this is among one the most severe issues with septic systems. If waste backs up and begins to enter lower parts of your home or business, it can be extremely damaging to your property as well as your health.
- Gurgling noises: if when your toilets and sinks are making frequent gurgling sounds, it could mean that your septic tank is too full.
- Strong, unpleasant smell: even if there are no visible or physical signs of sewage backup, if you smell the unmistakable smell of backed up waste, it’s best to call a professional as soon as possible.
Septic System Replacement and Installation
While regular maintenance increases the longevity of your septic system, sooner or later, it will need to be replaced. A septic system should last around 20-30 years if it’s taken care of properly. Other factors besides maintenance such as how many people there are per household, household products used, and soil quality can affect its lifespan. Some common signs it’s time to get a new tank installed include:
- Bigger house or more people: septic tank sizes depend on the amount of water usage and the size of the property, so if you’ve upgraded your home or your water usage needs have increased, you may need a new one.
- Contaminated water nearby: if there’s pollution in nearby water sources such as nitrate or nitrite, it should be checked out immediately.
- Slow draining sinks and showers: while sometimes this means there is a clog, it might signify a bigger issue such as buildup of sludge in the tank.
- Age: if it’s been over 30 years since you’ve replaced your septic tank, or just purchased an old house built 50 years ago, it might be time for a replacement.
Sometimes, the same issue that signals the need for a replacement could also just mean a repair is needed. A trusted plumbing professional will be able to conduct a septic tank inspection to determine if the best course of action is to repair or replace.
Contact Us Today
When it comes to your home’s septic system, don’t trust just anyone to get the job done right. The pros at PGA Inc. have been working on septic systems for years and treat every residence they walk into with the utmost level of professionalism. If you’re not sure what your septic system needs, but are noticing some troubling signs or haven’t gotten it checked out in a while, PGA Inc. is here to help.
For septic system emergencies, general maintenance, or any questions or concerns, we encourage you to call us at 715-355-6717. We look forward to working with you!