What Causes a Septic System to Fail

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Septic tank failure can be dangerous. When your septic system is not working properly, your home or property’s wastewater is not being processed safely, and in addition to health and environmental concerns, failure can often lead to expensive repair and replacement.

Septic Medic in Dingman’s Ferry, PA offers routine septic system maintenance and pumping services and quality repair solutions in Pike County, PA, and Northeastern PA, contact our technicians for expert, honest inspections and reliable septic emergency response.

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Understanding how your septic system works, what to expect, and how to maintain your property’s private sewage systems can help you identify concerns and recognize septic failure sooner.

6 Common Reasons Your Septic Tank Fails

  1. Lack of Septic System Maintenance. Inside your septic tank, there are three layers of wastewater. Contaminants and pollutants (sludge and scum) remain in your tank and need to be regularly pumped to prevent damaging buildup and reduce the function of your wastewater system.
  2. Ground settles around a septic tank. Over time and after heavy rainfall, the ground around your septic tank may settle which can lead to strain on connecting pipes and in extreme cases can cause the pipes to break or crack.
  3. Clogged septic filter. Waste can buildup around the filter and prevent proper drainage, eventually causing damaging clogs in connecting pipes.
  4. Damaged drain field. There is a wide range of reasons a problem may develop in the leach field, including soil compaction or sludge buildup.
  5. Improper disposal of chemicals and products. Flushing or disposing of a variety of household cleaning products and solids can cause serious damage to your septic system.
  6. Roots and biomaterial get inside your tank. Tree roots commonly clog drain lines and sometimes can puncture or breach connecting pipes.

Learn about the signs of common problems you may experience with your septic system and work with a professional septic maintenance and repair company to reduce your chances of experiencing septic tank failure.

Septic Medic provides competitive pricing and excellent service to our customers in Pike County, PA. If you are concerned about septic failure, call us at 570-828-7444 or contact us online.

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Getting Your Septic System Cared for By the Professionals

Deposits surrounding a septic pump before cleanup in Pike CountyIf you have a septic system in your home, you cannot trust just anyone to handle pumping the system out when it needs it periodically and you especially cannot hire just any company to handle repairs if there is some type of problem with the septic system.  You need to take care of the septic system and make sure it is pumped out and repaired properly when it needs it because a septic system is a big investment. There are also significant health risks if the system is not cared for properly, as you could find sewage and waste in your yard when a serious problem develops that is not corrected.

With Septic Medic, you can count on us to take care of your septic system and keep it in good working order. We’re professionals within the septic system business who have the experience and skills necessary to do the job right. Call Septic Medic today to learn more.


Have Your Septic System Pumped Out Before There are Problems

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When it comes to home maintenance, sometimes homeowners let things slide because of time or money concerns. While there are some repairs and jobs that you can easily defer without doing too much damage or causing a lot of long-term problems to your home, there are also other jobs that cannot wait.  One of the things that you must make sure you are always doing on time and never putting off is getting your septic system pumped out when it needs it.

Septic systems must be pumped out around every three to five years on average, although it may be possible that you will need to get your septic system pumped out sooner if you have a lot of people in your home or if you produce a lot of waste water. When you do need to get your septic system pumped out, you should call in the professionals to take care of the task right away before you have problems. Septic Medic is here to help.


Three Reasons to Have Your Septic System Pumped Regularly

If you have a septic system, you want to have it pumped regularly to avoid having to replace your septic tank. There are lots of important reasons why you want to make sure that you have your septic system pumped often including:

  • Avoiding sewage backups. If you don’t have your septic system pumped frequently enough, you could find yourself with sewage backing up out of your toilets, sinks, tubs, or other plumbing. This is not a pleasant experience for anyone.
  • Maintaining your septic system. Septic systems are expensive. A failure to have them pumped frequently enough is a major reason why septic systems fail. You don’t want to end up needing an expensive replacement system just because you didn’t have the system pumped often enough.
  • Identifying problems. Professionals who come to pump out your septic system can let you know if there are any problems that need to be addressed. It is better to find out about septic problems sooner rather than later so you can address the issues in a timely manner.

Remember to pump your septic system every 3 to 5 years. Replacing septic tanks can be avoided, call Septic Medic at 570.828.7444 or contact us online to schedule a septic system cleaning today!



How Do I Know If My Septic Tank is Failing?

When you know the warning signs of septic tank failure and why septic tanks fail then you are better prepared to protect the health of you and your family and avoid high septic repair costs. When your septic tank fails, waste products can quickly build up and threaten your safety. There are common warning signs that your septic tank operations are failing and you need to call an experienced septic repair company fast.

Warning Signs of Septic Tank Issues

  1. Your Septic Alarm Goes Off: Septic alarms will alert you if the water level in your pump tank is too high or too low. Did an essential septic system component fail. Was there a power failure or heavy rain recently? Septic Medic professionals will help you diagnose the issue and offer emergency septic services 24/7. 
  2. You Smell An Odd Septic Odor:  Unpleasant septic odors outdoors coming from the drain field or septic tank is a major indicator of septic system failure. If you are smelling sewage inside of a building, or if you smell septic tank gas above the cover of the tank, then you may be experiencing a septic drainage issue.
  3. Your Sewage is Backing Up: Sewage back up is considered a septic emergency. If you see sewage in your toilets or the plumbing inside your home, you may have a clogged drain or leach field If sewage is backing up in toilets or plumbing in your home, it is considered a septic emergency. Septic Medic’s technicians will help you diagnose a clogged drain.
  4. You See Wet Standing Water or Wet Spots in Your Drain Field: Your septic tank is deigned to drain into a leach field, but if the drain pipes are broken or clogged from septic system overused or infrequent septic system pumping then you may need a leach field repair



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Repair Your Faulty Septic Tank Quickly

If your septic tank is not working correctly, you need to address the problem quickly. Failure to fix a damaged or broken septic system can have serious consequences for the environment and for your family’s health. Risks include contaminating ground and surface water, filling your backyard with dangerous bacteria and viruses.  Don’t take a chance on creating a health hazard, if you suspect that there may be some issue with your septic system.

Septic Medic proudly serves homeowners in Pike County and suburbs of Northeast Pennsylvania. We provide competitive pricing and unsurpassed customer service. If you are experiencing issues with your septic system and you’re concerned about failure, call us at 570-828-7444 or contact us online. 

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When Does a Septic Tank Need To Be Pumped Out?

A septic tank will need to be pumped when there are too many solid waste products and too many byproducts of decomposition in the tank. It helps to understand the three layers of your septic tank so you can easily recognize when your septic tank is full.

How Does Your Septic Tank Work?

When waste products go into the septic system, solid and liquid wastes are separated. Bacteria breaks off of solid waste as well. Effluent, or water with small bits of waste, will drain from the septic tank into the septic field and will infiltrate the soil. Non-degradable solid waste and other heavy materials, however, will sink to the tank’s bottom, form a material called sludge, and remain there until it is removed.

When Should You Empty Your Septic Tank?

When the sludge accumulates, and ends up taking up too much of the tank, to prevent additional problems and damage to the septic system, you need to empty our septic tank.

Who Can Pump My Septic Tank?

Many property owners don’t know when there is too much sludge in a septic tank and you should contact a professional septic services to determine if your septic tank needs to be cleaned out.  Septic Medic provides septic system pumping and cleaning in Pike County, PA and the suburbs of Northeast Pennsylvania. Contact Septic Medic to schedule a time to pump your septic tank or to set up a routine septic maintenance plan.


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Understanding Your Septic System & Septic Tank Layers

There are three layers that make up the wastewater in your septic tank: sludge, effluent, and scum. When each of these wastewater layers is balanced, your septic system will operate properly. As a homeowner, you should learn to recognize the signs of when the sludge layer has become too full and identify when your septic tank needs to be pumped out.

What Are The Three Layers of Wastewater?

  1. Scum – The top layer of the septic system is made up of scum. This comes from things like soap byproducts and cooking oils which go to the top of the wastewater tank.
  2. Effluent – The middle layer of the septic tank is called effluent, or wastewater that remains after the scum has risen to the top of the tank and sludge sinks to the bottom of the tank. It may have small pieces of waste products in it. When your septic system is working correctly, the effluent/water is discharged into the drain field from the tank
  3. Sludge – The bottom layer of your septic system is made up of a material called sludge. Sludge is comprised of byproducts of the decomposition of other wastes that are dealt with by your septic tank. Heavy materials that sink to the bottom of the septic tank also become part of the sludge.

To keep your septic system in good working order you must pump the sludge out of your tank routinely. Learn more about how often you need to pump your septic tank.

Homeowners in Pike County, PA, including Delaware Township and the suburbs of Northeast Pennsylvania can contact the Septic Medic team online or call 570-828-7444 to schedule routine septic maintenance or a routine tank pumping.


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Septic Medic Can Help You Care for Your Septic System

Routine annual care can help extend the life of your system, avoid a hazardous mess, and a prevent costly septic tank replacement or equipment repair costs. Working with a professional septic system company can help you prepare for common septic problems, and identify current concerns. From messy septic system backups and clogs to drainage problems, we can help you avoid these common septic system problems.

Septic Medic is a septic service provider in Pike County, PA and the surrounding area. Trust us to perform routine septic maintenance and other services, including inspections, pumping and cleaning, repair, and installation.


Learn more about our many septic system services and emergency pumping, give us a call at 570-828-7444.

DIY Septic Tank Pumping – Is It Smart?

Pumping a septic tank is not an easy. As a homeowner who is used to doing home improvement projects around the home, you may wonder whether DIY septic tank pumping is the right choice for you. Don’t risk breaking your septic system or getting raw sewage throughout your home and yard, hire a professional to pump out you septic tank.

Can you pump out your septic system yourself?

Even with advanced home improvement skills, pumping a septic tank should not be done by a homeowner on his or her own. To obtain the best results the proper equipment is necessary to remove wastes and clean your septic tank without damaging the system. Septic professionals use a high-capacity vacuum, a pump truck, and other inspection tools to ensure all clogs are found and removed. It is also necessary to handle, transport, and dispose of waste water safely.

A septic system needs to be pumped out about once every three years to five years so the system does not become overfull and to ensure it operates properly for a long time.

Schedule an appointment to clean out your septic system. We also offer emergency response and pumping services in Pike County, PA. Call us today at 570-828-7444.

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Septic Systems Are a Great Alternative to City Sewers

If you are considering buying a house that has a septic system installed instead of a connection to a city sewer line, you may be concerned about taking the leap. Many people who have always lived where they are connected to a city sewer line are not certain how septic systems work and they do not know whether they want to move to a home where they don’t have access to the city sewer system.

The reality is, septic systems are a great alternative and waste disposal can work seamlessly with septic systems. You will not have to worry about a monthly sewer bill and you can take control of making sure your system works correctly without relying on the government to handle it for you.

Septic systems are easy to live with, as long as you have them pumped out on a regular basis. Septic Medic can help you to make sure your septic system is well-taken care of so you will have no problems.