Did you know that every septic system has a "soakaway." The soakaway is a part of the drainage system. It is made up of pipes that break down the sewage before sending it back into the earth. As you can see, soakaways have an important job to do so when they're starting to fail or do fail, it's very important to get them repaired as soon as possible.
The sooner you catch and fix soakaway problems, the less likely they are to cause serious damage to your septic system. By being aware of the signs of a soakaway problem and being on the lookout for those signs, you can end up saving yourself a lot of money and trouble.
One of the first signs of a soakaway problem is problems with your toilet.
If your toilet suddenly overflows, flushes slowly, or just generally acts up, call a plumber. The problem may be something simple that is contained to the toilet. Or, it could be that the toilet can't do its job properly because the soakaway it relies on is backed up.
Either way, you need help when your toilet starts experiencing issues.
Just as your toilet relies on the soakaway and the entire septic system to function properly, so do your drains.
When the soakaway becomes loose, gets backed up, or experiences other problems, your drains will often let you know. If they make strange gurgling noises, or even worse, if you notice a strong, foul odor coming from one or more drains in the home, have someone come look at your septic tank.
The only time you should have to see waste is in that moment right before you flush it down the toilet. Thus, if it shows up in your yard, in the drain inspection chamber, or in the ditch outside your home, something is majorly wrong with your soakaway.
Do not risk your own health and safety (waste could make its way into drinking or swimming/bathing water quite easily) or your own sense of smell. Call a plumber to get to the root of the problem and get it fixed as soon as possible!
Also, keep in mind that with regular visits from your plumber and with regular professional septic tank maintenance, you can reduce the likelihood of experiencing any of these annoying and sometimes downright gross soakaway problems in the first place. For more information on this and other septic system issues, contact a professional like Earthservice Drainmaster Inc.
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