Water Problems Got You Down? You Might Need A New Septic Tank

While traditional septic tanks can last for 20, 30, or even 40 years, at some point, (and especially for older residences), most homeowners will start to wonder if it’s time for a septic tank replacement. Buried underground and unable to be thoroughly examined with just the naked eye, it can be hard to determine if you need a repair, an annual septic pumping, or an entirely new system when there are signs of trouble.

A septic problem that goes unnoticed can lead to large-scale and unpleasant problems around the yard and the home, too. So if you’re unsure whether you’re on the verge of needing a new septic tank, look for these signs that a new septic tank may be in your future.

Six Signs It’s Time to Get A New Septic Tank


1. Backups in the pipes

Backups in your pipes around the home suggest that you have a serious septic system problem on your hands, especially if the backup is visible via wastewater in the shower drains, sink drains, and toilets.

More subtle signs of a backup may include slow draining and decreased water flow when flushing. Or another sign is a bad or continual odor throughout the home, and especially in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens where multiple drains and pipes are present.

Always take these signs seriously! Backed-up pipes will grow worse over time, and can cause damage throughout the house.


2. Overflow

If you do a load of laundry or take a long shower, and notice a little puddle starting to form around your septic tank location, it could be a sign that a replacement is imminent.

This is usually a signal that the septic tank is not disposing of the wastewater properly. And this could indicate a clog in the system, an issue with your drainage field, or a major issue with the tank itself.

If you dig deeper and notice other troubling factors, such as a high solid accumulation in the tank, there’s a good chance it’s not breaking down solids properly, and you’ll have to replace it.


3. More frequent pumping

As a general rule of thumb, you should pump your septic tank every 2-5 years. However, this is very dependent on the size of the tank and the usage by your household.

But, if you notice that you have to pump more often, and this trend seems to continue, it could easily be a sign of a major issue with your tank or drainage field.


4. Contaminated well water, or other water sources

If water in the immediate area of your septic tank is contaminated, such as your well water, ponds, lakes, or other small bodies of water nearby, there’s a high probability the septic tank is to blame.

Look for nitrates, bacteria, or other contaminants that may indicate a failure of the system to properly filter and dispose of your wastewater, hence affecting other water sources.

If you aren’t sure, kits and tests are available to help you diagnose the overall health of surrounding water sources. Stop by your local hardware store for these.


5. Expansion

Septic tanks and septic system are designed to cater to a certain number of people in the household.

And when this number grows, the impact on a septic tank can be hefty – leading to wastewater overflow, more frequent pumping, and other short or long-term problems.

So if your home or usage is higher (through a remodel, or perhaps extra family members in the household), you’ll probably need to upgrade your system to a larger tank.

Always address this before other signs of too much usage – like clogged pipes or slow draining – start to occur. Because the longer your tank is under pressure, the more problems you could potentially have throughout the home.


6. Overgrowth

The grass may typically be a little greener over the septic tank. But if it’s also continually moist with excess plants growing much faster than the rest of your yard, it’s a sign your septic tank or drainage system is beginning to fail.

Essentially, the sewage is acting as a natural fertilizer, creating a large patch of super-moist soil. And if this is the case, your drainage field or tank may be in trouble.


Worried you need a new septic tank? There are cost-effective alternatives available!

Are you concerned that the signs point to a new septic tank in your future, due to the aforementioned issues, age of the system, or simply because your family is growing? Don’t worry!

Today, there are modern varieties of tanks available, like Rotoplas’ new line of septic tanks. They require minimal costs and effort to transport and install, thanks to their inherent lightweight design. Cost-effective and quickly manufactured, these new septic tanks can be a budget-friendly investment that can provide years of peace of mind for your home, family, and local environment.

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