Rural homeowners enjoy many benefits of living outside the city. One of these advantages is the use of a septic tank. Designed to store waste, these tanks offer homeowners the opportunity to safely and efficiently store and dispose of plumbing waste. At Tampa Bay Plumbing, we specialize in the maintenance, repair and cleaning of these units.

Causes of Septic Tank Issues

A septic tank can last for years without running into any problems. However, several issues can occur that require the attention of a professional. Some of the most common septic tank problems include:

By flushing non-water soluble items such as diapers, paper towel, and other foreign objects, you can create blockages in your tank that can lead to problems. Another issue is pouring grease down the drains. When grease cools, it solidifies and can wreak havoc in your tank.

Without the care and consideration of a professional installation, your tank may be at the risk of becoming damaged or not working properly. One of the most common issues we see is fixing incorrect installations.

It is never recommended to plant trees or vegetation near your tank as the roots can poke holes in the pipeline or tank and create leaks. Leaking sewage in your yard is not something any homeowner wants to deal with.

Neglecting to maintain or clean your septic tank can result in sewage backing up or other issues with the tank. It’s always recommended to have your tank cleaned and emptied on a regular basis.

How Often Should it be Cleaned?

Depending on the size of your tank, we recommend that you clean it at least once every three years. Smaller tanks will need to be cleaned more often while larger tanks can go longer between cleanings. It’s important to acknowledge the size and limits of your tank so you can know when to get it cleaned.

Tips to Prevent Problems

The best way to prevent any future septic tank problems is to be aware of the limits and invest in maintenance. Getting your tank checked out by a professional on a regular basis will ensure that any weak spots or potential problem areas are discovered, and you are not surprised by unexpected tank repairs.

If you need Septic Cleaning or Repair, call a professional right away to get the problem solved safely and quickly. Call us at (727) 223-6400 now.