Septic line repair can lead to some real horror stories. If you are a homeowner, chances are you have heard many horror stories about septic lines and the disasters they can bring. From flooded basements, to bathtubs full of sludge, all these are symptoms of malfunctioning lines in need of repair. These problems can be avoided, with awareness and caution when dealing with plumbing and sewage maintenance.
Symptoms of Septic Line Problems
There are several simple ways of detecting line trouble. Watch out for these signs so you can have a pretty good idea of where you stand with your current plumbing and if you are in need of repair.
- Wear and tear is an unavoidable process we have to deal with. Find out what material your pipes are made of and when they were installed to get a better picture of it’s current state. Clay and steel pipes are more prone to deterioration than the newer PVC types.
- Trees or any vegetation are deadly for your pipelines. Roots are constantly growing seeking out moisture in the earth and can puncture pipelines once they latch onto your pipes. It can be very expensive to remedy and often results in expensive repairs.
- Over time your pipes will accumulate sediment from all that crud passing through it. Once you hear that familiar gurgling from the toilet when you flush, that could mean clogging is hampering the steady flow of water.
Once you have figured out what hazards you have to deal with, planning your septic line repair will be a lot easier. Prevention is better than restoration. If you follow proper plumbing and sewage guidelines, you could save yourself a lot of time and money.
Guidelines to Avoiding Repairs
- Planning helps avoid unnecessary problems in the future. Don’t plant trees or pave near your field lines. Also make sure the pipelines are of quality material to avoid unneeded line repair.
- Non-biodegradable materials such as plastic, napkins and cigarettes should never be disposed of in the toilet. Use a trashcan.
- Oil and cooking grease is a big problem if these make it into your drain. These substances can clog your septic lines and cause the field to fail.
- Schedule regular inspections. This will make sure the wastewater is flowing well and no sediment buildup is clogging pipelines.
These guidelines can go a long way in preserving your septic line’s longevity. It will also make sure you never suffer from stinky backed up toilets and bathtubs full of muck.
Septic line repair cost can vary greatly depending on how much work is needed; however, for complete drainfield removal and replacement, the EPA estimates the average cost to be between $6,000 and $25,000! Even though following all the maintenance instructions can be a headache, it’s better than potentially having those huge costs. If you do have to have the field lines repaired, it is recommended that you contact at least three contractors (don’t keep it a secret that you’re getting estimates) to get multiple alternatives/estimates.