So you have a failing septic tank. You are having to get your septic tank pumped out and desludged regularly, especially during the winter months when the ground is wet. You want to know what your options are.
Septic tank problems are varied. And without expert advice, you may end up spending thousands only to have the same problem manifest again in a year or two. So our first bit of advice is to contact us now for professional advice! Below are a few typical problems with typical solutions.
Failing soakaway/percolation area
Your percolation area may have been installed poorly and may need to be reinstalled. However, in order to remove the risk of installer error, we would always recommend that you install a Biocell packaged tertiary treatment system instead of a percolation area. It will save you money, and they are independently certified units so they are guaranteed to work.
Leaking concrete tank
Many of the small precast companies that make and sell septic tanks do not complete water tightness tests of their tanks, so they are leaking before they are ever installed. Also, as all concrete tanks are in 2 parts – if the sealant is not put on properly [and it rarely is!] you will have ground water entering your tank. Extra water from the ground entering your tank means the sewage does not have enough time to be treated in the tank, which means low quality effluent and percolation area/soakaway failure. The only solution here is to replace the tank. The safest solution is a single piece roto moulded high density plastic tank. Guaranteed to be 100% watertight.
If the tank is damaged and leaking – there is unfortunately only one solution. replace it!