If you’re starting to have some problems with the septic tank at your property (click here to read our article on the ten most common septic tank problems), you might be wondering whether you’re in need of a septic tank repair.
It is possible that some problems with your septic tank can be resolved quickly and easily – for example, by emptying the tank if it is overflowing. This might sound obvious, but your septic tank could be overflowing for innocent reasons before it is due to be emptied. For example, recent high levels of rainfall, or the fantastic party you recently held at your house which put a lot more waste water into the tank than it would be used to!
Firstly, check out our guide on what to do if your septic tank is overflowing, hopefully the problem can be sorted out easily. But if emptying the tank doesn’t get things moving again, you’ll need to find out what’s going on underground.
Finding out what the problem is with your septic tank
When you get your septic tank emptied, ask the tanker driver to let you know if they spot any problems. Sometimes a problem can be obvious, and they can give you an idea of what’s going on. For example, water might be leaking back into the tank, either through the walls of the tank itself, or maybe even coming back in from the soakaway system. Septic tanks can become damaged in a number of different ways, for example by tree roots or even by a pressure of water causing splits and fractures in the walls of the tank. Here are some photos of recent damage to septic tanks that the UKDP team has seen:
It’s important to get a thorough septic tank inspection carried out as soon as possible. A full inspection involving a CCTV drainage survey and a detailed look at the walls of the tank will be able to determine exactly what the problem is – and most importantly, what needs to be done to put it right.
Our expert engineers will be able to visit your property and carry out a thorough investigation, letting you know exactly what’s been found.