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Ask a Plumber: What’s Wrong with My Septic System?

If you have a septic system on your property that is causing you problems, there are a huge variety of things that could be causing the issue. Usually, you’ll need to call a plumber if you’re having problems with your septic system. At SPS Mechanical, we offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service for all different types of issues including septic repair. Make sure you take a look at some of the things that could be causing your septic system to not work well.

  • Septic tank full – Usually, depending on how many people are in your household, septic systems need to be serviced and emptied about once per year. If you haven’t had this service performed regularly it could be causing your toilets and drains to back-up.
  • Leech field or soakway problems – Another very common problem with septic system is the leech field (also called the soakway). If you hear gurgling sounds from your drains and toilets, if your toilets are backed up, or if you try to drain your bathtub and it fills up your toilet or sink it could mean that your leech field is clogged. Other indications of this could be foul odors around your home’s drains or indentations in your yard where the leech field is.
  • Leech field too deep – Another very serious issue could be that your leech field or soakway is buried too deep. If your leech field is too deep there won’t be enough oxygen to allow the growth of the proper bacteria cultures that feed on the waste. It could allow other type of bacteria to grow which would clog the pipes with mold and slime.

When you need a Sewell, NJ plumber just call the experts at SPS Mechanical. We’re available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies because we know that things don’t always break down when it’s convenient. Give us a call today to talk with one of our friendly plumbers. 

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