Keeping Your Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.

What Will Be Looked at During a Septic Tank Inspection


Is your septic tank not working as well as it should? If so, it will help to have a professional come to your home and inspect the septic tank, plumbing, and drainfield. Here are some of the things that they will look at to verify if everything is working correctly. 

The Incoming Sewage Line

The first part of a septic tank that can have problems is the incoming sewage line. This is where all the sewage flows through before it enters your septic tank. This incoming sewage line can have problems just like any other sewage line that goes to a city sewer system. For example, there may be tree roots that go through the line and cause it to leak underground. There can be clogs in the line due to grease, debris, and foods that should not have gone down the drain. 

A camera can be put down the drains to look at what is happening inside the pipe. The inspector will be able to tell if everything looks good, if the line needs to be snaked to clean out debris, or if they need to excavate the ground to replace the pipe. 

The Tank

The wastewater levels of the septic tank will need to be monitored to ensure that the water is not leaking out of a crack in the tank. Sometimes a leak is also accompanied by a bad odor outside where the tank is located, or by grass above the tank that is especially green. 

Thankfully, you may not need to replace the tank from a small crack. It is possible to seal the outside of the tank to give it some additional years of use. However, large cracks will likely require septic tank replacement if they are simply too big.

The Drainfield

A drainfield that is not working properly can also lead to some bad odors above where the drainfield is located. An inspector is going to look for wet spots in the spoil that identify places where the drainfield is not working properly. It is possible that you may need the soil replaced where the drainfield is located so that the wastewater travels downwards instead of pooling upwards to the surface. 

These are some of the common problems that can be found with a septic tank. Unfortunately, not all problems can be found by performing a quick visual inspection. Bring in a professional with experience performing septic system inspections to look over the entire system and find other issues that you may not be aware of. 


17 March 2020