Monthly Archives: July 2016

How to Diagnose a Clogged Septic System

sink full of water due to a clogged drainMillions of Americans rely on septic tanks each and every year in order to help eliminate harmful biohazard products and wastewater that flow from the usage in their homes.  While these systems are genuinely trouble-free as long as they are taken care of in a responsible manner, there may be times when an individual may experience a clog within their septic system.  What should you do in order to unclog a drain or septic system? Not many individuals are familiar with how to troubleshoot a septic system, especially when they are unsure where the clog is taking place. Let’s take a look at a few common ways to address this particular issue.

One of the first steps to take is to determine if you actually have any damage to your system as a whole. A professional septic tank repairman can scope out the tank with a special camera in order to determine if there is any issues. While more often than not, the issue will be due to waste or material that has accumulated over time, it is a good idea to be able to check out the system as a whole first.

Another step to take is to ascertain that there has been no draining or dumping of harmful chemicals or products that could have either clogged or disabled the functions of a septic system. In many instances individuals with a septic tank installed will often not realize or not remember that they cannot treat their system the same way you would as with a public sewer system. Items such as “flushable wipes” more often than not are not meant to work with septic tank systems, and have difficulty breaking down in addition to potentially clogging up pipes or the tank itself. Over a period of time, they could build up until there is a large mass of nearly-intact wipes that have never dissolved and you’ll have to have your septic system pumped out.

Using certain chemicals to clean your drain pipes in your toilet or sink and shower can also become problematic unless you have checked that they are safe for use with septic systems. The more serious chemicals can actually break down the good bacteria in your septic tank, leading to further issues and problems down the line.

So once these issues are accounted for, you can move on to the next step, which is to check the plumbing within the building or home. This would mean checking the various fixtures throughout the home, on the ground floor and any upper floors. There could be an issue somewhere else that is wreaking havoc and ultimately creating this issue.

Checking outside the home can be another helpful way to determine the root of the problem. For instance, check outside for any trees with large roots that could be pushing or creating pressure on underground pipes. In addition, check the leach field to see if there is standing water that is unable to drain. This could be an issue at the last end of the septic system process, and it is an important one.  Septic problems can come in all shapes and sizes, which is why it is doubly important to invest in the services of a professional who knows how to deal with problems with septic tanks.

Quality and service are Septic Medic’s top priorities. We will quickly and efficiently troubleshoot and diagnose clogged septic tank systems and leach field problems in Pike County, Delaware Township, and many other areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Contact Septic Medic online or call 570-828-7444 for maintenance, pumping and repair services for your septic tank system.

Let’s Talk about Turkey Mound Septic Repair

bulldozer digging a turkey mound for a septic system

One of the more difficult aspects of owning a septic tank system is that it is not always simple to diagnose or spot an issue on your own. The majority of septic problems tend to occur below the surface, and without the proper tools and know-how, you could end up wasting a lot of time and still end up with no answers.

So what exactly can you do when it comes to an emergency that requires septic tank service? Let’s take a look at one of the more common alternatives to septic drain fields in the region: the turkey mound. The turkey mound, an elevated sand mound, is a better choice for individuals who cannot risk a traditional drain or leach field due to either higher water tables in the region, or soils of differing extremes, such as too permeable or not permeable enough.

The elevated sand mounds are built up from the septic tank and dosing chamber at various depths; and these depths are then determined by the particular layers of the soil and may change based on an individual’s particular property. The dosing chamber is what releases the effluent into the mound, and this is done in doses, not all at once. In this manner, it helps to distribute waste efficiently.

However, as in the case with every septic tank or system design, there may come a time where you end up with a clogged drain, or experience septic mound system problems. What do you do then and how can you diagnose the problem? For example, what if the elevated sand mound is unable to hold water? This is usually caused by heavy rains, which can back up the entire system. At other times, the sand mound can become clogged with sludge or grease. In this particular instance, the portion of the mound that has been clogged needs to be removed and the sand scarified.  The sand mound then will need to be replaced to the original levels.

This requires the expertise of a knowledgeable septic service; Septic Medic is here to meet all of your elevated sand mound needs in Pike County PA and the surrounding areas, including Bushkill, PA and Milford, PA. Whether you’re running a mound system or a traditional septic tank setup, emergency situations can happen at any time – we are here to provide instantaneous service, so call 570-828-7444 or contact us online the moment you discover a problem with your septic tank system!