A septic system or tank installed underground on your property is a good way to remove waste from your home, especially if you are outside of the city water district. If you have a problem with the tank or the system starts to fail, you may need to consider replacing the system or removing it and completely and installing a new system somewhere on the property. In either case, there are some things you can do.
Assess the Current System
If you are having a problem with the septic system working properly, you need to have an inspection done on the system. If the pipes flowing into or out of the system are blocked, the system can back up into your home or out of the top of the tank. If you see what spots over the tank, you need to get an expert in right away to look at it. When the system is working as it is designed, it should never have sewage coming out of the tank. The issue might not be a problem with the system as much as an intrusion of roots into the outflow of the tank to the leach field but until someone looks at it, it is hard to know where the cause lies.
Remove the Tank
If the tank and system need to be replaced, a contractor will have to dig the tank up and pull it out of the ground with large equipment. Most commonly, an excavator is used because it can dig around the tank and the arm is strong enough to pull the tank out of the hole once it has been exposed. The contractor may want to change the location of the tank and the leach field to another place on the property depending on the damage to the old tank and how it happened. If they suggest you move the tank, ask them to show you where they feel it will work best and why. Asking questions is the best way to understand the process and why it is being done the way it is.
Protect the New Tank
Depending on where your new tank has been installed on the property, you may want to put something in place to keep people and vehicles off of it. You may want to put a small decorative fence around it and plant some flowers to clearly define this is not a place for cars or trucks to drive. You could also use some landscaping around the tank but be sure to leave plenty of access to the septic system pump truck when they come to pump out the tank. To learn more about taking care of the new tank, contact local septic tank services.