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How Your Septic Tank Works

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Understanding how your septic tank works will help you increase its longevity, save money, and take better care of your home’s plumbing. If you know enough to notice when something’s wrong with your tank, then you’ll be able to have it fixed before it becomes a real problem.

Of course, all this is easy for us to say. We have a lot of experience with ins-and-outs of septic tanks. Getting to know your septic tank can be intimidating. It might even sound gross! We get that, which is why we put together this primer. Here’s what every homeowner should know about their septic tank:

What is a septic tank?

A septic tank treats wastewater through natural biological decomposition and drainage processes. They’re usually made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. These large, rectangular or cylindrical tanks collect all the wastewater that comes from your home’s sewer line.

Septic tanks have two pipes connected to them on each end. Waste water from your home’s sewer line enters the tank via the inlet pipe. Waste water sits in the tank long enough for solid waste materials to separate from the water. Then, the outlet pipe pumps the processed wastewater out of the tank and spreads it throughout the drain field. The waste inside the tank separates into three individual layers: oil, liquid, solid.

What do septic tanks do?

All the waste in your home flows into the septic tank. The tank repeatedly takes in and fills with watery waste. While this water sits in the tank, anaerobic bacteria break down and separate out the waste inside it.

These bacteria separate the waste in the tank into three categories. “Sludge”, or solid waste, separate out to the bottom of the tank. Sludge is made mostly of inorganic solids and byproducts of bacterial digestion. “Scum” (made up of fats, oil, and grease) floats to the top of the tank. The middle layer is all the water that’s left over after bacteria separates the sludge and scum out. The tank works like a settling pond. It separates and then redistributes leftover waste evenly in the surrounding drainfield. The drainfield naturally absorbs water into the soil, where it’s harmless or even beneficial.

How do I maintain my septic tank?

There are two main ways to maintain your septic tank: regular pumping and protective maintenance. It’s smart to get your septic tank pumped every three to five years. If your tank is small or sees heavy use, you may even want to pump it more often. A professional plumber will clear out the sludge, scum, and leftover water in the tank. When the tank is clean, new and healthy bacteria will begin to form inside it.

Tree roots often very seriously damage or even rupture septic tanks when they collide with the tank underground. You should carefully maintain the trees and plant life around your septic tank to ensure its safety. Keep the area around your tank clear, and make sure your drain field is level and absorbent.

If you ever need help with your septic tank, call the professional plumbers at The Pink Plumber today. We can fix your problem and teach you how your tank operates at the same time. The more you know, the more you’ll save!

How Often Should Your Septic Tanks Be Cleaned?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Your home’s septic tank is solely responsible for removing waste water from the home. This essential part of your residential plumbing system must always be in top form to prevent raw sewage back up and health hazards in the home. Septic tank cleaning on a regular schedule keeps the tank, the drainfield, and other parts of the septic system working well 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this article, you’ll learn more about the signs that you need septic service and the importance of developing a cleaning schedule.

5 Signs That You Need Sewer Line Cleaning

Many people feel like plumbing problems take them by surprise. The truth is that most plumbing issues, including septic tank problems, produce symptoms before major disaster strikes. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact a residential plumber to come out and take a look at your septic system:

  • Toilets clog frequently
  • Sink and bathtub drains back up when the toilet is flushed
  • Bad odors come from the drains in your home
  • Raw sewage is present in drains
  • The ground around the tank is permeated with raw sewage

It’s very important that you take notice when sinks and other drains gurgle or back up when the toilet is flushed. This is not normal. It indicates that more than one drain line is affected with a clog and the problem is likely with your septic system.

How Often Do I Need Septic Cleaning?

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There are general guidelines to follow, but there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to septic tank cleaning schedules. For most households, septic cleaning once every 3–5 years is ideal, but it’s not an across the board suggestion. Here’s why.

How many bathrooms do you have in your home? Homes with more than two bathrooms might need more frequent cleaning, especially when there are several people in the home using these bathrooms. Larger families use the bathrooms and put strain on the septic system more than small families. Also, consider how often you use the home. Vacation properties that aren’t rented and are only used for a few weeks out of the year don’t need as regular of cleaning.

It’s also important to take into consideration the size of the tank. Is the tank an appropriate size for your home? If not, it might require more regular cleanings. Or, the drainfield may need extending to accommodate the extra waste flow.

Consult with Local Septic Tank Specialist

Failing to keep your septic tank maintained leads to spillage, frequent backups, and can damage the tank to the point where it needs replacement. You don’t want this to happen. Septic tank replacement is far from an inexpensive job. Prevent these problems from happening at your home by consulting with a local septic tank specialist to develop a cleaning schedule.

During the first appointment, your specialist will inspect the tank, make recommendations for any minor repairs, and go over the cleaning process. Keeping your septic tank clean prevents serious plumbing issues that damage your property. Take care to work with a local septic service today!


Why Septic Tanks Fail

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

If your home isn’t connected to city sewers, then your septic tank is the most important part of your plumbing system. Septic tanks are responsible for safely processing all of the wastewater you produce. When your septic system stops working properly, all the wastewater in your home has nowhere to go. That means it comes back to you–untreated and unsafe.

Septic tank failure is a very serious (and often very expensive) problem. You never want to deal with it–trust us. Luckily, if you make sure to avoid the following problems, you won’t have to! These are the four primary reasons why septic tanks fail, and how you can avoid them.

Your septic system works by transferring all the wastewater you produce into the septic tankLack of Maintenance

Your septic system works by transferring all the wastewater you produce into the septic tank. Inside the tank, heavy contaminants separate from the water and settle on the bottom as sludge. Light pollutants like oil and grease float to the surface of the wastewater as scum. The septic tank only pumps the water into the drainfield after the sludge and scum separate out. The scum and sludge stay inside the tank, so they can’t contaminate the groundwater.

Some of the sludge and scum inside the tank breaks down naturally over time, but not all of it. You need to pump your septic tank out at least once every 3 years to remove built-up sludge and scum. If you don’t, the sludge and scum will continue to build up inside the tank. Eventually, they’ll take up too much space or even start draining out into the soil along with the processed water. When that happens, it won’t be long until the tank stops working altogether.

Excessive Water Use

The main disadvantage of septic tanks are their limited capacity. A septic tank can only manage to process a certain quantity of wastewater at a time. Your home’s septic tank was designed to handle a specific flow rate of water, based on your home’s size. Usually, your septic tank should discharge wastewater at the same rate as or faster than it takes on water. When it has to take on too much water it can’t do that, and you have a problem.

When your septic system takes on too much water, the tank fills up before it can empty out again. The excess water can’t enter the full tank, so it has to go somewhere else. Usually, this “somewhere else” is right back to you, either through your pipes or out onto your lawn. If your septic tank can’t handle your water use, it’s usually because it’s simply too small for your needs. It’s also possible that drainage or runoff entered the septic tank from outside and overloaded the system.


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Several things can seriously damage a septic system. Septic systems have four main components: the pipe connected to your home, the tank itself, the drainfield, and the soil surrounding it. If something happens to any one of these four components, the septic system could be compromised. Different kinds of damage affect the septic system in different ways. Often, damage that seems minor at first builds into something more serious over time.

Tree roots are a particularly common source of septic system damage. Occasionally, tree roots can grow down into the septic system. They can dislocate or puncture the pipes, or even break into the tank itself. Roots could also clog drain lines even if they don’t directly damage the pipe and tank. Paving or driving on the drainfield can also seriously hurt the septic system by crushing components or compacting soil. In general, you should avoid straining the drainfield around the septic system if possible.

Improper Installation

Even if your tank is sized correctly, it won’t work properly if it wasn’t also installed correctly. Septic systems must be buried at a specific depth in a specific kind of soil. In fact, the soil in your drainfield is one of the most important parts of the entire system. It’s responsible for absorbing, treating, and ultimately dispersing wastewater safely. If the soil in your drainfield isn’t suited for septic use, then it won’t do its job properly.

If drainfield soil is too wet, then it won’t be able to treat sewage properly before discharging it. Instead, sewage will reach groundwater while it’s still contaminated. If there’s not enough soil beneath the bottom of the drainfield trench (vertical separation distance), then your drainfield won’t be able to absorb all the sewage. Every other component of the system must be installed carefully, too. When the drain line or distribution box aren’t level, they may not work properly. If you’re worried that your septic system wasn’t installed properly, call a pro to come have a look.

If you’re ever worried about your septic system, remember that you can always call The Pink Plumber for help. Our experts can inspect your system, diagnose any problems, and solve them quickly and effectively. Whatever your septic tank problem, just call The Pink Plumber and we’ll bring you a solution.

Why You Need to Maintain Your Septic Tank

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

If you have a septic tank, then chances are you already know the “shoulds.” You should pump your septic tank at least once every three years. You should call an expert to inspect your whole septic system about once every five years. Even if you know these “shoulds” by heart, however, you may not know WHY they’re so important.

Maintaining your septic tank isn’t just something you should do. It’s something you should want to do. These are the main four reasons why it pays–sometimes literally!–to maintain your septic tank. The next time you’re considering having your septic tank serviced, think about how that maintenance will help you:

Save Money

According to the EPA, regular septic tank maintenance fees cost an average of $250-500 every three to five years. The cost of repairing or replacing a failed septic system, on the other hand, can be $3000-7000! That cost isn’t even considering the associated damage a failed septic tank could cost, either. Septic tank failure could inflict substantial damage on your home and property. Just getting at a septic tank to repair or replace it involves digging up your lawn.

Scheduling regular maintenance is by far the most cost-effective way to care for your septic system. All septic systems regularly require pumping and other forms of maintenance. If you don’t maintain your septic system, it will stop working as effectively as it should. That lack of efficiency could cause other plumbing problems and cost money, even before a total failure! Septic system maintenance may cost money now, but it’ll save a lot of money in the long run.

Stay Healthy

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Your septic system is absolutely crucial for keeping your home and water clean. It processes and safely disposes of all the wastewater you produce every day. Wastewater is full of pollutants and contaminants that can pose a serious risk to your health. The septic tank separates these contaminants out of your wastewater before discharging it back out into your drainfield. When you don’t maintain your septic system, it will lose its ability to reliably manage contaminants.

When your septic tank can’t manage your wastewater contaminants, they could affect you in several ways. If your septic tank fills with sludge, unprocessed sewage water could actually come back up through your drains. Coming into direct contact with sewage put you at risk of contracting a wide variety of diseases. If the system stops processing sewage properly, the contaminants in it could also seep into the surrounding groundwater. Contaminated groundwater could cause health problems for you, your neighbors, and your whole area!

Preserve Your Lawn

We already mentioned how repairing a septic system requires digging up your lawn. Unfortunately, that’s not the only way a faulty septic system can hurt your lawn, either. Drainfield floods are one of the most common problems that happen when a septic tank malfunctions. If any component of the system aren’t level, they won’t evenly distribute wastewater to all portions of the drainfield. When that happens, your septic system could “overload” a part of the drainfield.

When your septic tank overloads part of the drainfield, it sends more water there than the soil can handle. The soil becomes overly saturated and can no longer “hold” all the wastewater. As a result, the water bubbles over the surface of the soil, flooding your yard. Wet spots on your yard or overly-green grass are common early signs of septic system failure for this exact reason. Over time, septic malfunctions can inflict even more severe lawn problems than flooding, such as sinkholes!

Protect the Environment

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Remember: malfunctioning septic systems release untreated sewage into the soil and groundwater surrounding them. This sewage doesn’t just affect you. When the bacteria and pollutants in sewage enter groundwater, they can pose risks to the entire community. Groundwater never stays in the ground; it enters streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. When pollutants enter groundwater, they’re invariably entering other bodies of water, too. Pollutants in groundwater end up affecting the plants and wildlife relying on nearby water.

Unfortunately, polluted groundwater can affect your drinking water, too. Many people who use septic systems also use well water or another local groundwater source for drinking water. Polluted groundwater can quickly seep into these sources of drinking water and contaminate them with dangerous bacteria. Groundwater contamination may occasionally even affect city drinking water reservoirs. Most ecosystem are so affected by groundwater that it’s difficult to speculate on the full damage its pollution inflicts. Pollutants hurt property, plants, animals, and people. It’s bad news.

All this is to say: you should really, really maintain your septic system. Keeping it clean and functioning is what’s best for you, your wallet, your family, and your entire community.

Not only is maintaining your septic system important, it’s also easy! If you live in the greater Atlanta area, all you have to do is call the Pink Plumber. We can inspect, maintain, and repair your septic system quickly and effectively. Stay safe and save money at the same time, all by taking care of your septic system.

Septic Tank Pumping: 5 Services Pros Should Include

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

More than one-third of the homes in the Southeastern United States rely on septic systems. When they’re installed and used correctly, septic systems are an clean and efficient way to manage waste. Regular pumping is an integral part of maintaining your home’s septic system. How often you need to have your tank pumped depends on several factors, including the size of your tank and the size of your household.

Be sure to hire a trusted plumbing service to perform maintenance on your septic system. Even a task as routine as a regularly scheduled tank pumping can become a serious problem if it’s not done using the proper techniques or tools. Here are five elements that should be included when you hire a plumber for septic tank pumping.

1. A Thorough Evacuation of Your Tank

If you are paying for septic tank pumping service, you should expect the entire tank to be emptied. Septic tanks come in different sizes, so it’s important to read the fine print. Make sure the price you were quoted includes the entire volume of your tank. If your tank is 1,500 gallons and the price only accounts for 1,000 gallons, figure out what the extra charges will be.

2. Excavation

Your septic tank is located underground, so your plumbing company has to dig to access it. Be sure your plumbing company’s pumping fee includes the cost of that digging. Look for offers that cover up to 18 inches, which should be enough to reach most tanks. If your septic system is especially deep, additional charges may apply.

3. Solid Waste Removal

Besides pumping, your plumber has to do additional work to remove accumulated sludge inside your tank. Failing to take these extra steps eventually leads to problems with your septic system. Be clear with your plumber that you want to have your tank thoroughly cleaned out.

4. A Septic Tank Inspection

Another task your plumber should offer with your septic tank pumping service is a thorough inspection of the tank to ensure that everything is in good working order. Detecting issues early can help prevent costly problems in the future.

5. A Licensed and Qualified Professional

When you pay to have any kind of maintenance, repair or inspection performed on your septic system, always contract with a credentialed professional. An experienced plumber will know the safest and most efficient methods for septic tank pumping, as well as have the ability to properly diagnose any issues. A qualified plumbing service will carry insurance against any potential property damage that may occur, so be sure to confirm your plumber is fully insured.

Pumping a septic tank is a job that should always be left to the professionals. If you have questions about your septic system or want to schedule any type of plumbing service, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Plumbing Preparation for the Summer Months

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Most home plumbing systems withstand a heavy workload during the summer months due to more showers, extra laundry and a barbecue or two. All of this water usage can tax the system, especially if you add summer house guests into the mix. Summer plumbing preparation can alleviate this burden with routine maintenance and inspection. This article will show you how a little preparation can prevent the inconvenience associated with unexpected plumbing repairs.

Service the Septic Tank

If you have a home that relies on a private septic tank system, summer plumbing preparation is even more important. The septic tank system is responsible for treating all of the household waste and sewage. If it fails, you may face the difficult prospect of expensive repairs, some of which can turn into thousands of dollars. Annual septic tank maintenance and cleaning is one of the most crucial aspects of maintaining your home’s plumbing system.

Inspect Plumbing

Temperature swings between winter and summer months can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Fluctuations in temperatures cause your plumbing pipes to contract and expand. This can lead to cracked pipes or minor leaks within the system. A plumbing inspection will identify problems so they can be addressed before causing any major damage.

Service the Water Heater

Don’t forget your water heater during summer plumbing preparation. The water heater should be thoroughly inspected by a licensed plumbing contractor. A typical service call includes flushing the system, adjusting the thermostat, testing the T&P valve and making sure the appliance is operating at peak performance.

Inspect Household Plumbing Fixtures

Check both indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures for leaks. These include faucets, toilets, bathtubs, sink drains and appliances such as dishwashers, garbage disposals and pool pumps. Ignoring even the smallest of leaks can cost you money in home repairs and other damages. Water damage ruins cabinetry, woodwork, drywall flooring and invites the growth of mold and mildew, a known health hazard. Should the latter occur, you can expect a hefty bill to rid your home of this toxic substance.

Have Your Gutters Cleaned

Remember to have your gutters cleaned. Many people don’t realize that a home’s gutter system is considered part of the plumbing. A gutter system plays a substantial role in protecting your home from water damage. Gutters are designed to channel rainwater away from your home’s foundation. After a long winter, leaves, dirt, roof material and other debris can accumulate inside of the gutter system. When this happens, water is no longer able to flow freely through the system and away from your home. The gutters can also hold water or overflow which can damage roofing, roof structure and facial boards, leading to unnecessary repairs.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Septic Tank System: How to Reduce the Stress

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Your septic tank system is a vital component of your home’s plumbing system. Many people, especially in rural parts of the country, depend on private septic systems to handle the solid waste and effluent—grey water—produced by their homes each day. However, many homeowners are unaware of the added stress they can inadvertently cause to their systems. The following post will outline how you can reduce unnecessary stress on your septic tank system.

Think Before You Flush

With a blind eye turned toward the consequences, many folks use their toilet as a garbage can. They may not know the damage they can cause to the delicate ecosystem within their septic tank when they flush inert materials or worse, household chemicals down the drain. The following materials should never be flushed.

  • Diapers
  • Feminine products
  • Chemicals
  • Harsh household cleaners
  • Dental floss
  • Hair
  • Cigarette butts
  • Cosmetics
  • Flammable liquids
  • Cat litter
  • Pet feces
  • Food
  • Medicines

Put simply, aside from bathroom tissue, if it does not come out of your body, it should not be flushed.

Think Before You Rinse

While kitchen garbage disposals provide a convenient way to eliminate unwanted kitchen waste such leftovers and food scraps, septic tank owners should use them sparingly. Too much food introduced into the septic system can lead to increased septic pumping/cleaning necessary to remove the solids. If your tank is not pumped regularly—at minimum every three years—you could face costly septic tank/drainfield repairs in the future.

Conserve Water

You might ask how water can harm a septic tank system. The answer is simple; too much water can stress the microorganism balance within the system. If they become stressed, they can die, which will lead to a total system failure. You can help to prevent this by fixing leaky faucets and toilets, using the dishwasher sparingly and spreading out your laundry duties throughout the week instead of doing it all on one day. This will limit the amount of water, as well as detergents, that enter your system.

Don’t Stress Your Drainfield

Avoid parking cars or heavy machinery on your septic drainfield. Their weight can compact the drainfield soils, thus reducing their ability to absorb the effluent. In addition, you should not install any landscaping over your septic tank and adjoining drainfield. Tree, shrub and plant roots will wreak havoc on your drainfield system by invading/clogging the drainpipes, the surrounding soil and thereby reducing absorption rates.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Spring Septic Tank Maintenance

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Spring is the ideal time to schedule annual septic tank maintenance. The winter months can be harsh on septic systems, thanks to freezing temperatures and the increased burdens from family gatherings over the holidays. As the ice and snow melt and the spring rains set in, it is important to service your septic tank system before the summer months place an even heavier burden or your septic tank. Scheduling your septic tank maintenance now can help you avoid the inconvenience of lost service and unnecessary repairs.

What Is Spring Septic Maintenance?

Your plumbing contractor should perform the following procedures during a septic tank cleaning and inspection:

Change or clean the filters. Septic tanks incorporate a filtration system designed to prevent solid waste from entering your drainfield. Drainfield repair or replacement can be costly due to the labor involved, so protecting it is in your best interest.

Pumping the septic tank to remove sludge and other contaminates helps to prevent damage to your drainfield. While the debate over how often you should pump your septic tank varies, most industry experts agree that on average, your septic tank should be pumped at least every three years.

Perform a thorough inspection of the septic tank and adjoining drainfield. As you septic tank ages, problems can arise such as developing cracks in the septic vault and lids, inadequate drainfield absorption or broken pipes and fittings, all of which play an important role in septic system efficiency and safety.

Money Well Spent

If your septic system fails, not only do you face the added expense of repair and/or replacement but also the inconvenience of lost service. You could be without sewer service for days, weeks or longer. To put it simply, toilets will not flush and sinks will not drain. In addition, maintaining your existing septic system is far cheaper than replacing a drainfield, which can run into thousands of dollars.

Homeowners Can Do Their Part

Understanding the do’s and don’ts of septic tank systems can help you avoid unnecessary repairs.

  • Think before you flush. Your toilet is not a garbage can. Never flush inert objects that can harm your septic tank. These items include hair, cigarette butts, household chemicals and harsh cleaners, feminine products and dental floss. In fact, aside from toilet tissue, if it doesn’t come out of your body, you should not flush it.
  • Avoid rinsing grease, food particles and other kitchen debris down the drains. Not only can these items clog your sewer lines, but also wreak havoc on the microorganisms necessary to breakdown solid waste within the system.
  • Use water sparingly. Too much water can upset the balance of microorganisms within the septic system. Install faucet aerators, spread laundry chores throughout the week and verify that all household toilets are in good working order—not running—to limit the amount of water entering the septic system.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Avoid Septic Tank Problems

Friday, December 4th, 2015

With fall here and cold weather on the horizon, now is the ideal time to prevent septic tank problems this fall by having your home’s system inspected and readied. Be proactive and have a plumbing professional perform septic tank maintenance, and you will ensure that the system runs efficiently throughout the cold months.

Septic Tank Inspection

Fall is the ideal time to avoid septic tank problems by having a plumbing professional inspect the system. During inspection, a plumber will check the following:

  • Septic tank cover. The cover of the septic tank, which allows for access, can become buried in the yard. Prior to cold weather, it’s important to ensure that the cover is intact and secure. If the cover is at ground level, the plumbing professional will ensure its integrity and that it doesn’t move when stepped on. To avoid septic tank problems, the plumber will also make certain that there are no cracks in the cover.
  • Electrical and pumps. A plumbing professional will check that the entire system is performing at its optimum, including float switches, alarms and other components.
  • Filters. If the system has an effluent filter system, the plumbing professional will clean or replace it, depending on what is warranted. These filters prevent solids from reaching the treatment area of the system. The baffles will also be tested at this time.
  • Connections. A plumber will make sure that all of the household plumbing, including toilets, sinks, washing machine and dishwasher, are correctly and securely hooked up to the septic system and that all waste is safely being directed to the septic tank.

Measure Scum and Sludge Layers

Preventing septic tank problems also requires that scum and sludge layers are measured in the fall. A plumbing professional will visually inspect and use special tools to determine the extent of the scum and sludge layers. The results of this inspection will determine if the tank requires pumping. If the tank is one-third full, it should also be pumped.

Pump the System

It is often a good idea to have the system pumped in the fall. How often the septic system requires pumping depends on a variety of factors, including the number of people in the home and various uses of the septic system, such as if there is a garbage disposal in use and if the home has high-water-use appliances, like hot tubs.

To have the septic system flushed by a knowledgeable plumbing professional and for answers about the system, contact The Pink Plumber today.

If the House Smells Like Sewage, It’s Always a Bad Sign

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

If your house smells like sewage, you need help—fast. Not only is the smell of sewage horrible, but it’s noxious, too. Sewage is hazardous to your health and can cause health issues if left unchecked. The minute you notice the foul odor, get expert help.

A Septic Tank Gone Awry

When your septic tank is damaged or you’ve failed to maintain the system, you’ll start noticing the smell of sewage inside your home. If you notice the foul odor, it’s usually due to one of these causes:

  • The trap: Your home’s basement drains have traps that should prevent septic tank gases from back-venting into the home. If the trap is drying out or damaged in some way, it will let the gases backdraft.
  • The plumbing vent: On the roof, the vent equalizes pressure created in the drainage pipes when water moves through them. It’s possible for the vents to freeze shut if the temperature drops, or leaves could be clogging the pipes. It’s also possible that the plumbing vent is too small or too short.
  • The ejector pump: If the cover on the sump pump’s basket doesn’t create an effective seal, you may notice sewage odors.

Taking Care of Septic Odors

Most Atlanta homeowners don’t want to deal with finding and fixing a problem when their house smells like sewage, nor should they. It’s best to contact an expert and let the plumber assess the following:

  • The trap, determining if it needs to be filled with water or whether the cleanout access has a loose plug.
  • The safety of the plumbing vent, ensuring that nothing is blocking it.
  • The size and length of the plumbing vent, resolving any issues that are causing the offensive odor.
  • The seal on the ejector sump pump, inspecting the seals and ensuring it doesn’t leak.

The plumber will also conduct a comprehensive assessment of the septic tank to find the problem, looking for compromised toilet seals, leaky plastic pipe, damaged vent pipes, problematic drainfields, blocked sewer pipes, lost traps on plumbing fixtures, and issues related to poor installation or maintenance.

Scheduling seasonal maintenance and promptly repairing the system ensures a healthy home and a reliable septic tank. Don’t leave your family’s health to chance, or risk a costly replacement due to neglecting septic maintenance. We’re happy to help our neighbors with drain cleaning, sewer repair and leak detection.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today!

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