Affordable Septic Repair Company in Santa Maria, CA
You've kept a good septic system maintenance routine at all times, yet your septic sewer system still failed and you're looking at a repair cost now. Sometimes, no matter how much we try to prevent a need for repairs, things happen and our septic systems fail. The expert septic system repair contractors, at Santa Maria Septic Repairs, in Santa Maria, CA understands this and will work with you to get your septic system back in order. They will provide you a thorough septic inspection to discover the reason for it failing and then repair that problem all at an affordable cost.
How Do I Know if I Need Septic Repair?
I know it sounds funny, but your septic sewer system will “talk” to you if you only know how to listen. It will show you signs of needing servicing or a repair, but many don't know what to look for. Some signs are very obvious, while others need to be looked for to be seen.
Standing water, wet spots, or very green grass areas
All the above are signs that your leach field either has suffered damage or has a blockage in it. The standing water or wet spots could be a sign of a crushed pipe now allowing effluent to flow through and be treated and absorbed. The very green grass could be an indicator of having a clog and the untreated waste is rising to the surface and providing great fertilizer for the grass above. Although the green grass is lovely to look at, the untreated wastewater could potentially contaminate the groundwater supply and should be fixed as soon as possible.
Pungent sewage smell around the sinks, drains, or outside your home
A septic sewer system is considered a “closed system”, meaning that all odors are trapped within the sewer system so you won't smell them. Much like a “P-Trap” under your sink, there should be wastewater blocking any direct lines and that blockage acts like a odor barrier. If you are having a strong smell coming from your drains or even outside your home, this could be a sign that there is an open portion somewhere within your septic system and you should have a sewer inspection performed quickly.
Slow drains, gurgling sounds coming from the drain pipes, and weak toilet flushes
If you can't remember the last time you had you septic tank pumped out, that might be the problem. When the solids level gets above the highest allowed level, it will begin a gurgling sound in your drain pipes as it's trying to discharge wastewater into the leach field. Having your septic tank pumped out normally fixes this issue. But if your septic tank has recently been serviced, then slow draining or a gurgling sound could be the result of a blockage in the pipes. You'll need to schedule a septic inspection to verify that it's a blockage, then have a septic line repair performed to clear the clog.
Affordable Septic Repair
Santa Maria, CA Septic Repairs offers you the knowledge, experience, and quality craftsmanship your septic sewer system deserves, all at an affordable cost you can budget in. Our highly-skilled and well-trained technicians have the knowledge to repair everything from a broken sewer main pipe to unclogging a drain field chamber. With a single call to the experts in Santa Maria, CA septic system repair, we can inspect, diagnose, and repair any portion of your septic sewer system and return it to the high-performing septic system it was designed to be. The best way to repair a failing septic system is to call at the first signs of trouble. Allowing a problem to continue being a problem may result in escalated septic line repair cost.
Septic Repairs Needed by Different Septic Systems
Different septic system styles will require different maintenance items, so the same reasoning goes for septic repairs. Different styles may need different septic system repairs, depending on what all is involved in the style of septic system. Here's a few examples of different repairs for each style of septic system you may encounter Santa Maria, CA.
Conventional or Traditional Septic System
This styled septic system has a sewer main coming into a septic tank, and outlet pipes running from the septic tank to a leach field.
Sewer Main: Possible repairs could include a clog in the pipe, cracked or broken pipe leaking sewage, roots growing through piping hindering sewage waste flow.
Septic Tank: Clogged septic screens on outlet, cracked septic tank leaking waste, low bacterial count, excessive solids, top portion failing and falling in on itself, dislodged inlet or outlet piping resulting in sewage leaking, vent cap stuck open or closed.
Leach Field Area: Excessive water flooding, clogged piping or drain field chambers, crushed piping or drain field chambers, connections failing and leaking wastewater, distribution box having excessive solids in it, dislodged connections at the distribution box.
Aerobic System and Sand Mound System
These two style of septic systems has all the basic functions and parts as the conventional septic system, but a few additional electrical components.
Sand Mound System: The only difference with a sand mound septic system is the leach field area. Typical construction will include placing a sand mound directly on top of the septic tank. The pump that pushes the wastewater to the top of the mound for filtering could either stop working or the pipe could become clogged.
Aerobic System: Has all the basic parts of a conventional system, but an added alarm system attached to the blower motor or bubbler that forces air into the waste. If the motor stops working, it could be a bad alarm sensor, or the blower motor itself could have went out and need replacing.
Alternative Septic Systems
All other advanced septic system designs will have a variety of different repairs. Bad sensors and wiring, clogged advanced filtration systems, non-working pumps and motors, and even bad ionizing lighting could be bad. The more moving parts a septic system has, the more potential repair issues could arise.
• I just had my septic tank pumped out. Is there anything I need to do before using my drains and toilets?
You don't need to do anything to start using it again. The wastewater levels will increase to normal levels in about a week of normal usage.
• How long will my concrete septic tank last before I need to replace it?
A concrete septic tank will last almost indefinitely with proper maintenance. The benchmark is normally stated as 40 plus years to indefinite.
• I heard my technician state that he needed to inspect the septic repair area. What exactly does that mean and where is it?
All septic systems installed after the early 1980's are required to have a septic repair area. This area is designated as a place to perform all septic repairs such as a placing an old septic tank when removed, and also serves as a secondary site location for a leach field. This site has passed a percolation test and is ready for a full leach field, should the current leach field fail.