What Happens to an Aging Septic System

Even if you diligently maintain it, your septic tank won’t last forever. You need to be able to spot the signs that it needs professional attention. Otherwise, you could end up with an expensive mess on your hands.

What Are the Signs of an Aging Septic System?
To avert the worst-case-scenario, you’ll want to replace your septic system before it begins to degrade. Here are some possible signs that you need a new one.

  • Sinks, showers and bathtubs are very slow to drain
  • Water and sewage are backing up into toilets, drains and sinks
  • Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system
  • Bad odours around the septic tank or drain field
  • Spongy grass around the septic tank or drain field
  • Standing water around the septic tank or drain field

The first three signs could simply indicate a clog in the plumbing or septic system. However, in either case, you’ll want to have a licensed technician come in to assess the situation.

What’s the Lifespan of a Septic System?
You don’t want to continue using your septic system if it’s beginning to degrade, as sooner or later it will fail. In general, steel septic tanks last between 15 to 20 years and concrete ones last about 40 years. For more precise information, check your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer. Drainage fields last about 25 years.

Note, however, that your septic tank’s lifespan decreases if you don’t have your system and pump inspected regularly. This should occur every three years and every three to five years, respectively.

What Happens When a Septic System Fails?
If your septic system ceases to function, this can cause untreated sewage to end up where it shouldn’t: in your yard, in your home’s drains and in groundwater.

The odour will probably be terrible, and the clean-up will definitely be expensive. The largest concern will be the risk to your health and that of your family as well as the environmental damage. Untreated sewage carries pathogens and other dangerous contaminants.

Septic System Repair in Central Ontario
Replacing a worn-out septic tank is a must. That said, you want to get as many years out of your system as you can. After all, it’s no small investment. If you’re having issues with your septic system, talk to the team at Plumbing Medic Ltd. We’re frequently able to repair an old field and allow you to safely use it for a few more years. For septic system maintenance or repair by an experienced plumber in Orillia, Newmarket or the surrounding area, contact us today.