Septic tank leaks can occur at any time, causing extensive damage to your home and potentially even to your health. Many homeowners experience septic problems at one time or another. Septic tank leaks are the most serious leaks because the water contained in the system is considered an environmental hazard.
How do I know if I have a septic tank leak?
In the case of a septic issue, you may see or smell a problem after the damage is done. If too much wastewater enters the system, it can cause backups that leak into your home or yard. The biggest sign of septic tank leaks is pooling water or muddy looking soil in the basement or around your septic system. You may also notice backups when doing chores like running the dishwasher or doing the laundry. If you have previously neglected septic tank maintenance, it’s a good idea to bring in professional leak detectors to rule out the possibility of a more serious problem.
What are the challenges of determining the source of septic tank leaks?
When you picture a septic tank leak, you probably imagine fluids leaving the tank. If your septic tank has a leak that is flowing outward, the wastewater could be contaminating the drain field. While this may be the case, damaged tanks and piping can also take in groundwater or surface runoff. If you are experiencing a septic tank leak, it can cause the system to flood. This problem may escalate quickly because the raised water levels can jumpstart other problems, like a full sewer backup. The most common site of a leak is at the seam of the septic tank, which is typically at least several feet below the ground. If there are no outward signs of the leak, it can be difficult to locate the point of origin. Poor septic tank maintenance or untreated septic tank leaks may require you to replace the entire system.
How can our team help?
We’ll arrive at your home quickly and fully prepared to begin leak detection. We respect your time and your home, so we arrive on schedule and get to work right away. Our state-of-the-art technology helps us locate the source of the leak quickly and non-invasively. From thermal imaging to ultrasonic sound tracing to pressure testing, we’ll find a way to get to the bottom of the problem! After we have completed the job, we leave your home exactly as we found it, so there’s no mess to clean up when we leave our worksite. Best of all, leak detection and repair services are typically covered by your homeowners’ insurance policy. We have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies, and we’ll help you complete the paperwork you need for your claim.
Did you know…?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, septic tanks disperse more than 4 billion gallons of wastewater per day below the ground’s surface. Inadequately treated sewage from septic systems can be a cause of groundwater contamination. It poses a significant threat to drinking water and human health because it can contaminate drinking water wells and cause diseases and infections in people and animals.