Septic system failure can leave you with a wet, smelly mess. Pay attention to these red flags that may mean it’s time for your Windermere septic tank replacement.
If you pay attention to your septic system, it will tell you when something is wrong, and the warning signs are easy to spot if you know what to look for. We’ve compiled a list of the most common reasons our customers need Windermere septic tank replacement.
Age Of Your Septic Tank
If your septic tank is over 40 years old, congratulations! You’ve reached the approximate maximum lifespan for your septic tank. Even if your septic tank isn’t failing, it’s best to replace it before it does. If you wait for a breakdown, you could end up spending more on a slew of repairs than you would for a new tank.
The average lifespan of a septic tank is between 20-30 years if properly maintained. It can be much lower if these septic system best practices are not followed. To maximize the life of your septic system, only flush water and human waste and don’t put any of the following into your toilet or drains:
- Non-biodegradable food
- Coffee grounds
- Cigarette butts
- Dental floss
- Feminine hygiene products
Your septic system should not emit foul odors even though your tank and drainfield are filled with wastewater. The way a septic system works is the naturally-occurring bacteria break down the waste, which gets rid of any unpleasant smells.
If you suddenly start catching whiffs of sewage when you go outside (or worse, when you’re inside your home), it’s a warning sign that you could have a leak or structural failure in your septic tank.
Septic systems are relatively quiet when they’re working properly. If you start to hear gurgling sounds when you flush the toilet, that’s a warning sign that your tank may be full or you have a more serious problem.
If puddles form around your septic tank or over your drainfield, it’s a major warning sign. Water is getting out by way of a leak, crack, or more significant structural failure and you need to call in the professionals right away.
When your toilet won’t flush, and plunging doesn’t help, it’s a warning sign that something is not working properly with your septic system. It could mean your tank is full and needs to be pumped out, or it can be a sign that your septic tank needs to be replaced. Our professional team at Acme can determine if you need a repair or a Windermere septic tank replacement.
It’s a good idea to have your water tested periodically to make sure it is safe, and does not contain any pollutants. If a test shows that your drinking water contains bacteria, nitrates, or other contaminants, it may be best to replace your entire septic system. Bacteria from your septic system can be a serious health risk for your family.
Acme Is Your Windermere Septic Tank Replacement Team
If you see, hear, or smell any of the warning signs above, or your septic tank has had its 40th birthday, contact Acme. We will give you our professional opinion about whether you need a repair or a full replacement. Either way, we can help. Our septic experts have been serving Eastern and Central Florida for over 30 years, so we have seen, heard, and smelled it all.
We would love the opportunity to offer you an honest recommendation on your next steps. It’s our mission to keep your septic system worry-free for years to come.