Got An Aging Steel Septic Tank? Stay Alert To These Signs Of Trouble

For a lot of years when indoor plumbing first came into the picture, a steel septic tank was just the norm. However, with modern advances in indoor plumbing technology and septic systems in general, most outdated steel septic tanks were replaced by tanks built from materials much more resilient to the elements, such as concrete or even fiberglass. If you live in a home with an aging steel septic tank buried on the property, you can pretty much guarantee replacement will have to happen at some point in the near future. Here is a look at a few of the signs that mean your aging steel septic tank is in need of replacement right away.

The ground above your septic tank is sinking drastically.

One of the first parts of a steel septic tank to fail is usually the lid or the baffles, which are on top of the tank. Take a good look at the area of ground right over the location of the septic tank. If there is a noteworthy drop in the sod and ground over the tank, it could potentially mean the top of your septic tank is deteriorating or has collapsed. In these situations, it is vital to have a professional to take a look right away as you don't want your property contaminated with raw sewage.

Your septic tank acts like it is full even when it has been pumped recently.

Your steel septic tank may naturally have to be pumped a little more frequently simply because it could be smaller than what your home requires. However, if you start seeing signs that the tank is full right after it has been pumped, there is a good chance that the tank has a leak and groundwater is being allowed to slip into the tank. This problem also calls for a professional to take a look, and will most likely lead to a complete replacement.

You have constant issues with sewage regurgitation through the drains.

Steel septic tanks are fairly notorious for creating major headaches inside the house when they start to deteriorate. You may see problems like water, or even worse, raw sewage, backtracking through the other drains in the house when you flush the toilet. Unfortunately, this is a good indication that the main drainage lines leading to the septic tank are not flowing properly, but this could also mean your steel tank is overflowing.

Contact a company like Goodman Septic Services for more information about updating your septic tank.