Septic Tank Owner Guide: Repairs & Maintenance

Septic tanks are a vital part of any septic system and require regular maintenance to function properly. Regular septic tank cleaning and pumping can help prevent costly repairs and ensure that your septic system is working effectively. If you are experiencing any issues with your septic tank, it’s best to contact a professional septic service provider for a prompt and effective solution. And who do you call when you’ve got a plumbing emergency?


There’s no better team of plumbing professionals in Southern Ontario! Plumbing Medic has been serving the residents of Ontario since 2007 with a team of experts. We’re ready 24/7 to help you with your plumbing emergencies. And when it comes to septic tank servicing, there’s no one better to have on your side for this important regular maintenance.

Keep reading to learn more about how to properly care for your septic tank!

Septic Tank Repairs: Common Issues and Solutions

A septic tank is an essential component of any septic system, responsible for storing and treating household wastewater. However, like any other mechanical system, septic tanks can experience problems that require repair. But don’t worry– this article will cover some of the most common septic tank repairs and how to address them.

For now, here’s a list of common problems you can expect as a septic system owner:

Minor Problems:

  1. Slow-draining sinks and toilets
  2. Foul odours coming from drains
  3. Water pooling in the yard near the septic tank
  4. Gurgling sounds in pipes

Severe Problems:

  1. Overflowing tank
  2. Clogged drain field
  3. Septic system backups
  4. Failure of pumps and other mechanical components
  5. Leaking tank or pipes

If you are experiencing any of these problems with your septic tank, seek help from a licensed septic service provider. Ignoring these issues can lead to costly repairs and even a full septic system replacement. By addressing these problems early, you can help ensure that your septic system continues to function effectively for years to come.

You know the drill: when you have a plumbing emergency call Plumbing Medic toll-free at 1-866-661-2424.

Septic Tank Cleaning

Septic tanks should be cleaned every 3 to 5 years to remove solids that have accumulated on the bottom. These solids can clog the drain field if unchecked, leading to backups and overflows. A professional septic service provider can pump out the tank and remove any sludge, scum, and debris. This will help ensure that your septic system is functioning properly and prevent costly repairs in the future.

Septic Tank Pumping


Septic tank pumping is a crucial step in maintaining the proper functioning of your septic system. Over time, solids and liquids accumulate in the tank. Unfortunately, this means its capacity reduces over time, causing it to overflow. Regular pumping removes these solids and liquids, allowing the tank to function correctly. Septic tank pumping should be performed by a licensed septic service provider, who will safely remove the waste and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible manner.

How Often Do You Need Maintenance?

One of the most important aspects of maintenance is scheduling regular service appointments. The frequency depends on several factors. These include the size of the tank, the number of people in your household, and the type of waste generated.

As a general rule, it’s recommended that septic systems be cleaned and pumped every 3 to 5 years. However, if you have a large household or generate a significant amount of waste, you may need service more frequently. On the other hand, if you live alone and generate very little waste, you may be able to go longer between appointments.

While you’re learning about how to maintain septic systems, check out our article on the Top Signs You Need a Plumber. Otherwise, keep reading about how a pro can help you with cleaning, draining, pumping and repairing!

Why You Need a Regular Professional Plumber 

When it comes to servicing your septic tank, it’s best to leave the work to a professional plumber. A licensed and experienced plumber will be able to assess your septic system and perform the necessary tasks to keep it functioning properly.

Here is a list of tasks that a professional plumber may perform during a  service appointment:

  1. Inspect the tank and surrounding area for any signs of damage or malfunctions
  2. Measure the levels of solids and liquids in the tank to determine the need for pumping
  3. Remove solids, scum, and debris from the bottom of the tank using specialized equipment
  4. Pump out any liquids and solids from the tank to remove buildup
  5. Check and clean the outlet and inlet pipes
  6. Inspect and clean the tank’s distribution box and pumps
  7. Ensure all parts of the system are properly secured and functioning
  8. Advise on any repairs that may be necessary and provide a written estimate for the work

If you’re ready to be on the lookout for a springtime plumbing checklist, give our article here a read. It’s always a good idea to be prepared! And there’s no better way to be ready than having the Plumbing Medic professionals on your team!

Call Plumbing Medic Ltd. For Your Plumbing Needs


Septic systems are notoriously difficult to manage and maintain. That’s why professional help is almost always recommended. For regular pumping and cleaning, the pros at Plumbing Medic will make the job simple and easy. When you need to service your septic system or any other plumbing, give Plumbing Medic a call. Our team of experts is here to help 24/7.

And if you’re looking to continue upping your plumbing game, check out our article on better plumbing habits for the new year here!