Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Checkered Flag Plumbing® has compiled a list of four new warning signs that may signal septic tank problems. If untreated, a septic tank problem can become an expensive repair emergency. Checkered Flag Plumbing®, a company with years of experience working with septic tanks in Woodland Hills CA, would like to share these new tips with southern California residents to help them make informed decisions about their septic systems.
Most of the time, septic tank systems are fairly self-operating. These systems use natural, convenient methods of drainage and bacterial cleaning to safely take waste out of a building and even fertilize a lawn (known as the drain field or leach field). However, sometimes blockages and backups can occur. In many cases, there are signs or symptoms to look for that may signal a problem. When caught early, an expensive repair may be avoided. The following new warning signs may help those with septic systems in Woodland Hills CA identify problems before they become worse:
1. An odor of sewage inside or outside your home – A bad odor may be an early predictor of a clog or more serious septic system problem.
2. Toilets and/or drains gurgling or draining slowly – A plumber’s snake may be enough to take care of pipe clogs before they reach the septic tank. However, if this persists, the problem could be in the tank itself, or in the outlet leading to the leach field. Even if they eventually drain, sluggish drains should not be ignored for an extended period of time, as they frequently signal a more serious problem.
3. Wet “marshy” ground on the leach field – Pervasively wet ground, an unusually fast-growing lawn, and especially sewage seeping up on the drain field and over the septic tank are all signals of system failure. Sometimes ground soaking can occur, on days when the septic system has been overtaxed due to excessive water use (i.e. many laundry loads, extra guests staying over, wet weather), but when this problem persists, it’s time to call a qualified plumber. This is especially important if the leach field is severely soaked with water from the septic tank, as it poses a health risk for family and neighbors.
4. Toilets and drains backing up into the house – This is a serious sign of septic tank problems. As sewage backups are unhealthy and cause damage, an immediate call to a plumber is necessary.
In general, septic tanks are convenient and low maintenance. They should be pumped every two to five years, with regular filter maintenance to prevent clogs. With maintenance by a company experienced in septic tanks in Woodland Hills CA, most serious and costly problems can be avoided.
About Checkered Flag Plumbing®
Since 1995, Checkered Flag Plumbing® has provided quality plumbing services to all of southern California. This family owned and operated, full-service company is committed to providing the best and fastest plumbing services to its customers. Checkered Flag Plumbing® is fully experienced in the care and maintenance of drains, sewers, septic tanks, gas pipes, and much more. More information about the company and their services can be found on their website at http://www.draindudes.com.
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