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Septic System Replacement: 5 Common Questions And Answers

by Melinda Crawford

Are you considering replacing your septic system? If so, you likely have many questions about the process and what to expect. This article will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about septic system replacement. Here, you will find a comprehensive overview of topics like the cost of a new installation, the timeline for completion, and maintenance requirements for your new system. With this information, you can feel confident that you understand what to expect from a septic system replacement process.

1. How can you tell if your septic system needs to be replaced?

If you see these symptoms, it could be time to replace your septic system.

  • Your septic system is frequently experiencing issues such as clogs or backups.
  • Your septic system is not functioning correctly (e.g., toilets, sinks, or other plumbing fixtures are not draining correctly)
  • Your septic system is not meeting your household's needs (e.g., your household has grown significantly in size, or you have added additional plumbing fixtures)
  • You are experiencing foul odors or standing water near your septic system.

2. Can you install a new septic system yourself? 

It is not recommended to install a septic system yourself. Septic systems are complex systems that require specialized knowledge and equipment to install correctly. It is essential to work with a professional septic service to ensure that the system is installed correctly and efficiently.

3. What type of septic systems are there? 

Conventional septic tanks are the most common type. Wastewater from your home flows into the septic tank, where solid matter settles to the bottom and is broken down by bacteria. The partially treated wastewater is then released into the drain field, where it is filtered through the soil.

Another option is an alternative septic system designed for use in areas with soil unsuitable for conventional septic systems, such as rocky soil or soil with a high water table. These systems use different methods to treat and dispose of wastewater, such as aerobic treatment or sand filters.

Like traditional septic systems, low-pressure systems use a pump to move sewage from the septic tank to the drain field. These systems are often used in areas with sloped terrain or where the drain field is located some distance from the septic tank. A septic professional can help you choose the right size and type of septic system for your needs.

4. How do you maintain your new septic system? 

Proper maintenance can help extend the life of your septic system. This includes regularly pumping the tank and properly disposing of household waste. It is also important to avoid flushing non-biodegradable items down the drain and to be mindful of the amount of water you use in your household.

5. Can you upgrade your existing septic system rather than replace it? 

In some cases, upgrading your existing septic system may be feasible rather than replacing it. This could involve adding additional components or making system changes to improve efficiency. A septic professional can assess your system and determine if an upgrade is possible.

For more information on a septic system replacement, contact a professional near you.