Most Common Septic Tank Problems

There are several instances where one might have a clog but they just can’t seem to find where the exact problem is. If you’ve already ran the plumber’s snake in the drains and everything seems to be okay but you’re still experiencing the same problem then you could be having the mother of all clogs. The septic tank could be the one causing the issue and having a look at the main problem could be essential when carrying out a septic tank repair.


The most common problem is the soak away. This can be evidenced by the frequent running of the toilet, gurgling sounds from the drainage pipes and when one empties the sink, it ends up in the bathtub or shower. This could also be evidenced by dips in the soil around the soak away. There are several problems that could lead to this as you’re about to see and as such these affect the entire system as well.


The other plague that could inflict your septic system could be of your own making, especially due to lack of knowledge. Your soak away should ideally be in the aerobic type of soil. This is because if the soak away is more than 3 feet deep, then it is in the anaerobic layer and as such, the types of bacteria that thrive in this type of environment make it hard for the soil to drain whatever comes into the soak away resulting in constant clogging and running of the toilet. To avoid frequent septic tank repairs, you should also ensure that you invest in the conventional 2 chamber septic made out of a material of your choice. Other problems that are bound to arise if you’re on a septic tank system include the sodium binding the soil not to mention that the tank is bound to deteriorate over time. However, by understanding these problems, you will be able to address them more adequately and also avoid some like the type of soil that you should have the soak away dug into. That way you reduce the breakdowns you might experience.


Your septic tank could be the prime of your worries more so because of its knack to make life utterly unbearable when it breaks down. However, now that you know the signs to look out for, you’ll be better equipped to note the problems as soon as they arise.