Septic Issues In A Home

Septic Issues In A Home

When was the last time you had your septic tank cleaned?  10 years, 30 years?, Never. 

I recently received the dreaded phone call no landlord wants to hear. My tenants had called to inform me that septic water was backing up in the bathtub. Great!  Could we get anybody out there to fix it? Like yesterday?  No problem you say. Well, the sad and unfortunate truth is there was a foot and half of snow on the ground.  I found out rather quickly there would be no digging in the snow and that the waste water plant would not accept anything in this weather.  Three days and with limited water available the problem was finally resolved but not without headache. 

So where was the septic tank in question?  Well, lets see, I was 14 when it was put in and had only a vague recollection. I relayed to the septic man a general idea of where I  JUST KNEW the tank was located.  Several hours later, he called to inform me that he had plugged and plugged 3 feet deep and still couldn't find it. Ugh, what to do. Next option, a backhoe? Nope, we were able to secure a grave digger ......... A grave digger that had a device enabling us to locate the tank underground. (Somewhat like a metal detector. ) The grave digger located the tank, pinning it fortunately directly on top of the opening.  BINGO we were back in business.  Why the confusion you ask.? The tank uncharacteristically was buried 4 feet deep and at a crazy angle ultimately preventing  the septic cleaner from locating the tank.  He had been missing it shy of a mere few inches.  Never fails!

As previously stated, I was 14 years old when this tank was installed.  At my ripe old age of 45 I've learned many valuable lessons from this little escapade. 

1) Did you realize that cold harsh weather can affect your septic tank?  Water tables vary throughout the region but the weather can directly affect the movement of the tank.  If these tanks have not been cleaned in many years you could be further doomed to the shifting of the tides if you will. Make sure and regular check or clean theses tank within a 10 year period.  Don't wait and let Mother Nature do it for you. 

2) Document where the tank is buried.  Well duh! Lay out or mark the area so there's no longer worry on the exact location. This will save alot of time and worry. God forbid, you have to get a back hoe......... Cha Ching!

3) When in doubt...... call a grave digger.  Its way more advantageous to pay the 75$ fee versus the thousands of dollars its gonna cost from your unforeseen demise due to weather related septic tank issues. 



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