Emergency Septic Tank Service Raleigh.

Emergencies are inevitable and Septic Tanks are no different.  When is you’re going to fail?

There is nothing worse than realizing your septic tank system has stopped working.  Contrary to popular belief, septic systems have a limited lifespan just like anything else man-made.  Eventually, your septic tank will fail.  The question is not if, it is when.  Raleigh, NC residents and business owners can be assured help is only a phone call away, Brantley Septic.   Since your septic tank is destined for failure, it is wise to be ready for a septic emergency before you actually have one allowing you to act quickly and decisively.  When the experience or time arrives, you have a septic tank emergency, it’s extremely important you do not panic no matter how extreme the situation. You must remember a failed septic system can potentially expose you, your family and your neighbors to viruses and pathogens from the sewage.  Panic helps no one and only worsens the situation.

Be Ready and Know the Warning Signs of a Septic Tank Emergency

Simply paying attention is your first step in being be ready.  It will give you some warning as to when your septic system might fail, allowing you to take quick action and perhaps avoid an emergency.  Specifically, you’ll want to keep your eyes, ears and nose open for:

  • Slow draining fixtures
  • Gurgling in the plumbing system
  • Foul odors emanating from the drain field area, particularly after rain or heavy water use
  • Water backing up into basement
  • Backups in the septic tank or plumbing
  • Standing water in the drain field

Septic Tank Emergency Prevention Steps, for Raleigh homeowners and business owners.

To keep your system from failing quicker than normal, it’s important that you not use more water than necessary.  The use of too much water is one of the main reasons septic tanks and systems fail. Additionally, avoid the use of additives because they will do more harm than good.

Avoid the temptation to pave over, drive over, or park on top of your septic system.

Do not direct excess rainwater to the spot where your septic tank is buried. Septic tank water navigates through laterals before draining through soil. If the ground is already wet where the septic tank water drains, there’s a chance that the water will start to back up either into your system or your ground pool. Always ensure that yard drainage and downspouts are redirected to other locations on your lawn.

The installation of inspection ports and risers is recommended. Why? Septic systems are buried, which makes them hard to inspect for problems.  Inspection ports are small and easy to install.

What to Do When a Septic Tank Emergency Raleigh Occurs.

If you find sewage in your Raleigh home, lift the lid of the septic tank and take a look at the water level or you can contact Brantley Septic to check the water level for you. It’s important to determine if there is a clog as quickly as possible. If there is excess water level, which is higher than the outlet, then the problem is either the tank or something beyond it.  Have your tank pumped so that you will have a bit of extra time to decide what to do next. Not only that, but having your tank pumped will give the technician a chance to see whether or not the issue can be easily repaired or not.

If the drain field is filled with water, it’s best that you put off getting your tank pumped since emptying the tank out can cause it to float, which can result in broken pipes. If you notice that the drain field is soggy or has a foul odor, make sure you keep people away from the area since there’s a chance for a biohazard. Consider installing a fence if you have any pets or children to make sure that they stay away from the area. You’ll also want to have your tank pumped and use as little water as you can in order to help weaken the odor.

When to Repair or Replace?

Should your Raleigh septic system ever fail, you’ll have the option of either replacing it or repairing it. Standing water or sewage odor is most likely the result of a broken pipe, which can easily be replaced. With advanced treatment systems, it may require a part replacement or adjustment. If it’s your drain field that has completely failed, then chances are good that you’ll need a system replacement. However, there’s still a possibility you might be able to use the septic tank again, which will save you money.

When it comes to septic tanks, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Brantley Septic.  It is better to be safe than sorry and cheaper to fix now than when the emergency occurs.  Call the Raleigh septic tank emergency team at (919) 404-9511!

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