Septic System Problems and How to Prepare for Them

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When it comes to utilizing a septic system on your home or property, it never is a bad idea to learn about how the system

works, what to expect and especially understand what issues may come up during its use over time. Septic system issues can be easier to diagnose at times, but more often than not there can be multiple septic repair issues that you will not be able to personally fix. However, if you are able to learn about how the system functions as a whole, and are able to at least keep an eye out for issues, it will help get your septic tank problems fixed much faster.

Here are the majority of issues that could end up creating problems with any system:

– Lack of overall maintenance can cause a buildup of sludge, leading to a reduction in the overall efficiency of how the system will function.

– Septic tanks can settle in the ground, which can lead to a strain on connecting pipes to the home, and at the very worse, break completely.

– Not changing the filters can lead to a clogging of the system, which in turn can back everything up.

– The drainage field can experience multiple issues, ranging from compaction of the soil, from sludge buildup within the field due to lack of pumping the tank, which can cause bad odors to emanate from the area.

– Inattention to the disposal of certain chemicals can cause serious issues to the entire septic system. It is important to note what can and cannot go down the sink, tub or toilet.

– The roots of various biomaterial can grow within pipelines, causing drainage issues and clogging of important elements.

– Lack of septic tank pumping can cause solid material to build up within the tank, causing blockages to occur.

These are some of the main issues that one may have to deal with when running a septic system with their home.  In general, septic lines are not too much of an issue as long as one is able to engage in regular upkeep and maintenance. Since the majority of these tasks require experienced individuals who have a strong working knowledge of how they function, and often times specific heavy machinery to deal with septic tank issues, it makes the most sense to find a septic repair company.

Septic Medic has years of experience in this industry, as well as the ability to come right out for any particular septic system emergency. Contact us today at 570-828-7444 to discuss any particular issues with your system, or to deal with an emergency response situation.

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

Access risers at the top of a septic tank in Pike County, PA

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!

What are the Warning Signs of Septic Tank Issues? 

Owners of septic systems need to be on the lookout for issues with their system. When problems arise they can quickly affect the septic system’s operations, could cause a buildup of waste products, and lead to a safety threat. There are three common warning signs that you need to contact an experienced septic repair company:

  1. Septic Tank Pump Alarm Goes Off:  If your septic alarm goes off, you need to call in a professional for help right away and diagnosis the issue. Septic Medic has 24/7 response services septic alarms and emergencies.
  2. You Smell An Odd Odor:  If you notice odd odors coming from the drain field or septic tank it is a major indicator of a septic issue. If you are smelling sewage inside of a building, or if you smell septic tank gas above the cover of the tank, these are signs of a drainage issue. Call a professional immediately to avoid future contamination issues and expensive repair costs,
  3. Sewage Backup: If sewage is backing up in toilets or plumbing in your home, it is considered a septic emergency. Clogged drains and septic system back up can result in costly repair or replacement if it is not handled quickly.

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

When Does a Septic Tank Need Pumping?

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. When waste products go into the septic system, solid and liquid wastes are separated. Bacteria break off of solid waste as well. The septic tank will store non-degradable solid waste until it is possible for the solid waste to be removed. Effluent, or water with small bits of waste, is able to drain from the septic tank into the septic field and will infiltrate the soil.

The non-degradable waste and other heavy materials will sink to the tank’s bottom, and will form a material called sludge. When the sludge accumulates too much and ends up taking up too much of the tank, this is when problems can develop. As a result, this means that your septic tank needs to be pumped when too much sludge has developed.

Many property owners don’t know when there is too much sludge in a septic tank. You should call in a professional to help you determine if your septic tank needs to be pumped and to take care of getting it pumped for you. The Septic Medic team would be happy to help. Contact us.

What are the Three Layers of Your Septic Tank?

It is a good idea for homeowners with a septic system to know what the three layers of their septic system are. Understanding how a septic system works can help you to identify when your system has become too full and needs to be pumped out. 

Bottom Layer – 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.

Middle Layer – Water

The middle layer of the septic tank is water. This water may have small pieces of waste products in it. Water is discharged into the septic field from the tank when your septic system is working correctly.

Top Layer – Scum

Finally, 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.

You should make sure you watch your septic system to see when it is becoming too full of sludge, so you can get it pumped out and keep it in good working order. Homeowners in Pike County, PA, including Delaware Township and surrounding areas, contact the Septic Medic team online or call 570-828-7444 for help.

Septic Medic Can Help You Care for Your Septic System

Septic Medic is a trusted provider of septic maintenance and services. We perform routine checks, inspections, and maintenance for your septic system to ensure that the entire septic system works optimally. Routine annual care can help extend the life of your system so you do not have to pay to replace the septic tank or other expensive equipment. We’ll also help you avoid a costly and hazardous mess that can develop if your septic system goes too long without being pumped out.

Septic Medic will not only handle routine maintenance and servicing of a septic system, but will also be able to pump out the system and fix any problems that could develop with it. Trust Septic Medic for all of your septic system needs. Give us a call today to learn more about the assistance and services that we can provide to you.

Can You Pump Out Your Septic System Yourself?

As a homeowner who is used to doing home improvement projects around the home, you may wonder whether you will be able to pump out your septic system yourself. A septic system needs to be pumped out about once every three years to once every five years so the system does not become overfull and so it is able to continue to operate. This job should be done by a professional – it is not a job that a homeowner can do on his or her own even with advanced home improvement skills.

Pumping out a septic system requires the proper equipment to remove the wastes without damaging the system. Pumping out the system must be done correctly because you do not want to take a chance on breaking the system or on getting raw sewage throughout your home and yard. Call Septic Medic today to learn more and to get your system pumped out.

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.