No More Stinky Septic Problems

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No More Stinky Septic Problems

When I moved into my new house, I assumed that the residence used a city sewage system like the four houses I lived in previously. The homeowner did not tell me about the septic tank and I did not think to ask. Not only was I not informed of the septic system, but I was not told that the tank had not been cleaned in six years. I started to smell a foul odor from my toilet soon after I moved in and there seemed to be a disgusting discharge building on my lawn. I knew that I had a serious problem when raw sewage started to come back up through my toilet. After an investigation by a plumber and an emergency septic service call, my septic tank was emptied and repaired. I now know that septic care is extremely important and I want you to know this too.


Five Reasons To Never Put Off A Sewer Line Repair

Sewer line problems aren't something that can be ignored. Even if the issue seems minor, it can lead to major problems down the road.

1. Health Concerns

Raw sewage can pose several health threats to you and your family. Sewage that backs up into the home or flows into the yard can contain bacteria or other pathogens that can make one sick. Sewer gases may also lead to headaches and respiratory issues. Even more concerning, if sewage leaks into the yard, it can enter the groundwater. This is especially problematic if your home is on well water.

2. Foul Odors

It's no secret that a sewer line backup is not going to smell like roses. Even a minor backup that leads to no internal flooding can permeate your home with the odor of raw sewage, which is somewhere between rotten eggs and a dirty toilet. Sewer odors don't just come up toilets, though. Sink and tub drains can also develop a foul smell if there is an issue with the sewer lines. Outside line leaks can cause the odor to hang over your yard, as well, which means you can't escape the smell by going outside.

3. Landscape Issues

Landscaping can suffer from sewer line issues. A leak can lead to wet, boggy lawn areas. Grass may begin to die back due to too much soil moisture, or the ground may begin to sink over the leak area. If left too long, the line may need to be replaced completely. This means that the landscaping must be torn up in order to complete the work. The result is damaged landscaping that will take a lot of time and money to repair.

4. Plumbing Damage

Constant backups from a damaged or clogged sewer line are not good for your plumbing. The pressure of water flowing the wrong way up your pipes during a backup or getting stuck behind a clog can cause cracks and leaks in the drain pipes from sinks, toilets, and other fixtures. Further, a simple line clog in the main sewer pipe can lead to breakage if the clog isn't cleared. This is especially true if the cause of the clog is something like tree roots.

5. Flood Concerns

A huge concern with even a minor sewer line issue, like a clog, is that raw sewage will back up into your home. This can cause extensive water damage throughout the basement or the room most affected by the backup. Further, it will require a hazardous waste cleanup due to the dangerous nature of raw sewage.

Contact a sewer repair service near you right away if you suspect an issue with your main drain line.