High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Two Signs That It's Time To Service Your Septic Tank

Construction & Contractors Blog

Your septic tank is one of the most important parts of your household plumbing system.  It separates the liquid and solid waste that exits your home so that the wastewater can be absorbed into the drain field.  However, because the septic tank is typically hidden underground, it can be difficult to know when there's something wrong with it.  Learning more about the signs of septic tank problems can help you determine if you should have your unit serviced as soon as possible.

You Have Slow Drains

One of the first telltale signs that your septic tank is full occurs when you have slow drains.  Although you may think your drains are emptying slowly because there is a clog, you could be mistaken.

When your septic tank works as it should, the waste materials that enter it naturally flow into the drain field in a timely fashion.  However, if solid waste materials begin to build up in the drain field pipes, it takes longer than normal for the emptying process to occur.  As a result, you may begin to notice that your sinks and bathtub fill with standing water that empties out incredibly slowly.

If you've purchased an over-the-counter drainage solution and it hasn't fixed the issue, your septic tank could be the culprit.  You can bring in a plumbing contractor who will check to see if the tank is full, and use the proper equipment to pump it out and remove the blockage.

There Are Pools Of Water In Your Yard

Another sign that your septic tank needs to be serviced is when you see pools of water in your yard.  Although you may think this is normal, or that it is the result of heavy rains, your septic tank may be the source of the problem.

The issue could be two-fold.  For instance, your septic tank may have sprung a leak.  When this happens, the standing water will usually have a foul scent because it hasn't been treated before seeping out of the tank.  Conversely, the tank may be full.  Since there's nowhere else for the wastewater to go, it will rise to the surface of your yard and begin to pool around your property.

Paying attention to these signs is the key to knowing when to have your septic tank serviced.  Start using these tips right away so you can keep your septic tank working properly for as long as possible. Contact a company like Schlegelmilch Plumbing & Well Drilling for more info.

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20 June 2016