By Jamie Shelley
Septic tank ruptures are not a common issue, and the source of any potential problems is safely out of sight for most homes. As a result, when these problems do come to a boil, it comes as a shock to most homeowners. Raw sewage is not an easy problem to deal with, requiring some degree of digging and expert repair work to handle properly. In addition, the average septic tank’s contents are extremely dangerous biohazards, potentially containing many diseases and parasites that can cause serious health issues.
Detecting problems early with your septic tank is not easy, but may end up saving your home from future raw sewage spills. The best way to prevent disasters from happening is through regular inspections and check-ups from certified personnel, which may be covered by your homeowners’ insurance. This should be done every few years at the least, to make sure that long-simmering problems are detected before larger ones can develop. Note that most septic tanks and lines are built to last twenty to twenty-five years, although problems may start developing well before or long after that time period.
If you choose to forgo regular inspections, or if these are completed too irregularly, the only way to detect problems before a massive spill is to identify warning signs after significant sewage damage has already occurred. Check the area around your septic tank for unusual grass and weed growth, and for strong, unpleasant odors. These are the most widely applicable and telling signs of a leak, and likely mean that immediate repairs are required.
Should you find problems developing through an inspection or after a leak has developed, contacting a certified sewage cleanup and restoration expert is the only way to safely and properly solve the problem. Doing the work yourself or hiring a repairman without certifications may end up only causing more damage to the septic tank, and potentially worsening the spill.