Many septic tanks are designed to last as long as 40 years. If your septic tank is showing signs of failure early, there is a good chance it can be repaired. However, there are also some indications that you may need a septic tank replacement regardless of how old it is. Here are three warning signs that you may need a brand new septic tank:
#1 Standing Water Around Your Tank
You should not have standing water on or near the area of your septic tank on a regular basis. If you see puddles of water on the ground above your tank or in your drain field more often than not, you need to hire a professional sooner rather than later.
#2 Bad Odors Inside Your Home
If you smell rotten eggs inside your house or in your yard, you likely have a septic tank problem. This foul odor is produced when gases are released during the decomposition process within your tank. If the odor and gases aren’t staying within the walls of your septic tank, however, this could mean you need repairs or a new tank.
#3 Persistent Plumbing Backups That Keep Coming Back
Occasional septic backups are expected and quite normal. However, if your home is experiencing daily toilet backups and slow sinks despite your efforts to remedy the problem, your septic tank may have reach the end of its lifespan.
It is important to realize that these issues don’t always mean you need a new septic tank. However, it is not outside the realm of possibilities. If you want to know the current health of your septic tank and how much longer you can expect it to last, call Metro Septic for a septic tank inspection.