No matter what you’re in the middle of, dealing with septic tank problems is unpleasant. Add some family and friends to the scenario, and it just gets worse. What’s the best course of action when you have company over and septic tank problems? Here are some troubleshooting steps you can follow.
You should know that most septic problems require expert help. Once you enact a few troubleshooting steps, you’ll need to call a professional to service the tank. In the meantime, deal with foul odors or backups to maintain comfort in your home.
Septic odors are not always toxic, but they are a hazard. If you’re noticing foul odors, take steps to ventilate the home. Open windows and doors, run fans, and use Febreeze or scented candles to mask the odors. If you leave the home closed up, however, the noxious gases can cause nausea and headaches. Sinks or toilets clogging up? Use a plunger to attempt to get the liquid moving.
What causes the odors?
- Problematic plumbing traps. The traps creating a holding cell for water that prevents sewage gases from passing through them. Identify where the odor is coming from, and then run some water in the sink or tub. If the trap was causing the problem, the odor will go away.
- Stopped up vent pipes. The septic tank employs a vent pipe that allows the gases to escape. If the pipe is clogged, the gases will back up into the home. Visually inspect the roof and see if the pipe is blocked by a nest, leaves or other debris.
- Miscellaneous. Failing to maintain the septic tank can lead to a host of problems, most of which you won’t be able to deal with while you have company at the house. Improper septic tank use can disrupt the decomposition of the tank’s organic matter, and a tank that’s too small will eventually malfunction.
Once your company has left, it’s time to really deal with the problem. Contact a septic tank professional right away to schedule emergency service. Keep the area ventilated, and use your septic system as little as possible. During the service appointment, the technician will assess the situation, and diagnose the cause of the problem. Addressing the issue might be as simple as a tank pumpout, or it may require a leachfield or tank replacement.
If you’re worried that septic tank problems are in your near future, contact a professional to evaluate your system. For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.
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