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Concrete septic tanks often last for many years. They can even last longer than the drainfield. However, it's always possible for concrete to crack. A crack might form if the soil shifts or if a heavy vehicle drives over the tank. Concrete that wasn't mixed properly can also cause a tank to wear out faster and develop holes or cracks. Here's when to suspect your tank might be cracked and how it's fixed.
When To Suspect A Crack In Your Septic Tank
A crack can allow water to seep inside your tank and it can also cause waste to leak out in an area other than the drainfield. The signs you notice will depend on the location of the crack and its size. There could be puddles of sewage around the tank or the grass may be more lush and green above the area of the leak. You could notice sewer odors inside or outside. You might even experience a clogged toilet or sinks that are slow to drain. You may not notice signs at all, but the crew could find signs of the crack when your tank is pumped and cleaned.
How Repairs Might Be Made
Before repairs are made, the tank is inspected for the extent of damage. It might be necessary to install a new tank if it is cracked severely. The old tank is decommissioned first. This could involve busting up the concrete and burying it. A steel or fiberglass tank may be crushed first and then buried. A new tank is then installed in a different location. If the crack is in a place that's easy to repair, and if it is minor, then it might be possible to save the old tank.
The tank must be cleaned out first and the area to be repaired must be scrubbed and dried. Then cement filler is added to seal the crack. This work is undertaken using safety equipment. You wouldn't want to work on a septic tank yourself due to the fumes and dangerous microbes present even after the tank is pumped. Before repairs begin, the contractor will probably determine the reason for cracking. If it's because of some ongoing problem, then cracking is likely to return. In that case, it might be best to move the tank or fix the cause if possible, so no cracks appear after repairs are done.
Once your tank has had cracks, you might want to have it inspected every year even if it isn't time to have the tank cleaned just to make sure everything is still okay. Sewage leaking onto your property can be a health hazard and you don't want your kids or pets exposed to any dangers. Contact a septic tank repair service for more help.Share
6 June 2018