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How Do I Know When I Need a New Septic Tank?

Many homeowners ask the questionHow do I know when I need a new septic tank?”. Sometimes determining when you need a new septic tank can often feel like you’re playing psychic.  Oftentimes, a damaged septic tank can keep working until one day, it suddenly fails – and you’re stuck with tons of repairs, a yard full of septic tank cleaners and a massive invoice.

Septic tanks are generally quite hardy, and can last up to three years before they need to be pumped.  However, a damaged septic tank can be quite difficult to fix; add years of wear and tear on top of that, and it often makes more sense just to buy a new septic tank altogether.

If you’re not sure of when you need a new septic tank, then this list of damaged septic tank symptoms should help you determine when it’s time to call in the professionals:

  • As previously mentioned, septic tanks will only need to be pumped every three years, or even longer.  However, if you think you’ve been pumping your septic tank a lot more than usual, then it might be time to replace it with a totally new septic tank system, as it’s clear that you and your family have outgrown your old tank.


  • Go out to the landscape surrounding your septic tank and examine the water.  Are there any puddles that have collected on the ground?  Does the ground seem constantly moist, even when it hasn’t rained for some time?  That’s a big indicator that your septic tank is leaking out water.  If the leak is along the ports, a septic tank professional can easily fix it; however, if the damage has occurred on the tank itself, then it might be time to consider upgrading to a new septic tank, as these repairs are costly and time-consuming.


  • While you’re checking the ground, see if any trees surrounding your septic tank system have grown larger over the years.  Many septic tank professionals report seeing tanks that have been damaged by growing tree roots.  If there’s been a change in your landscape, forget calling a tree removal service – contact a septic tank professional to see if they can install a smaller tank or a new one elsewhere on your property.


  • If you’ve had your septic tank for a couple of decades, you might want to contact a septic tank professional to give your tank a check-up.  Older tanks may properly function now, but like with anything, it can quickly break down and result in an expensive clean-up job.  Spare yourself the hassle – and the cost – by replacing an old septic tank system with a new one.

Self-diagnosing a damaged septic tank can be difficult; that’s why it’s often better to leave the process up to the professionals.  If you suspect that you need a new septic tank, don’t wait for it to completely break down before contacting your local septic tank professional.

You’ll be sparing yourself from plenty of hassle, expense and frustration!
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