Morse Engineering and Construction Industries

Can You Repair a Failing Septic System?

- Thursday, May 20, 2021
Morse Engineering and Construction - Failing Septic System

Before you jump to any conclusions about your septic system, hire a plumber with a speciality in septic to come assess yours. The plumber will look for any of these common issues, and can determine whether your system is salvageable. It could be that:

You’ve neglected to maintain the system.

Homeowners should regularly hire a professional to inspect and pump the septic system, every three to five years. If you can’t remember the last time you had your system serviced, poor maintenance might be the culprit.

How to fix it:

Hire a professional to pump and thoroughly clean your septic system to reverse its failure. The cost to clean a system varies based on tank size, but it will generally cost between $295 and $610. If a deep clean doesn’t do the trick, sometimes replacing the baffle, the component that prevents scum buildup in the tank, can help. However, this likely won’t work if the system’s been grossly neglected.

Too much water is rushing your septic system at once.

Septic system tanks are designed to manage water based on the size of the home. So, when your water use exceeds capacity, the system can’t handle it. This can cause wastewater to back up into your pipes, drains, the home itself, or the surrounding property.

How to fix it:

Pump and clean the system, as recommended above. However, if the septic system is too small for your home, you might have to consider a full replacement (more on that below) to increase its capacity.

Tree roots or other outdoor landscaping has damaged the system.

Tree roots seeking moisture and nutrients or certain paving materials in the wrong place can unintentionally damage your septic system. Roots may grow into the system, or even just grow nearby, and as a result crush and damage components of the system directly or indirectly compact the soil around the system, preventing proper discharge or damaging pipes. Installing a paved driveway or car park too close to the drain field can yield similar damage.

How to fix it:

Depending on what component is damaged, there’s a chance of repair.

Your septic tank was never installed correctly.

If a septic tank was improperly installed, there’s little to keep it from failing. It might be the wrong size, in a bad location, or not watertight.

How to fix it:

You might choose to replace the drain or leach field to prevent further failure. Replacing the field entails digging up your septic system and placing it in a new, uncontaminated field on your property. However, this solution only works if the septic tank is in good condition and can be repurposed.

Depending on the condition of your septic system, you may be able to fix it with one of these repairs. You won’t know what’s wrong with it until a professional starts to dig in. However, a repair is oftentimes preferable to replacement, in terms of price and the scope of work required.

For information or to make an appointment, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.


Is Your Septic System Beyond Repair?

- Thursday, May 13, 2021
Morse Engineering and Construction - Septic System

A is one that can no longer treat or distribute the wastewater. You may be dealing with backed-up pipes and drains or a flooded field. This poses a health risk to you and your surrounding community. A may lead to contaminated groundwater, unhealthy drinking water, and an increased chance of bacteria and contaminants in the area.

Signs of a failed septic system may include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Slow flushing toilets, or backed-up drains.
  • Water and/or sewage backing up into the home through toilets, sinks, and drains.
  • Standing water near the tank or around the drain field.
  • Sewage smells near the tank.
  • Green, springy grass growing rapidly around the tank. Brown, or nearly dead grass, over the tank is often the sign of a healthy septic system (ironically enough!)

If more than one of the above issues occur, it’s likely that your septic system has failed. That means not only is your system posing a health hazard, but standing water in your home and on your property is at risk of additional damage.

For information or to make an appointment, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.


Inspecting your Septic System

- Thursday, May 06, 2021
Morse Engineering and Construction - Septic System Inspection

To prevent your system from getting to the point of failure, the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors recommends annual septic system inspections, in addition to an inspection once the home is on the market.

If you have an offer on your home, you might be required to get a septic tank inspection before closing. Some mortgage companies insist on the septic inspection. If it’s not the mortgage company requiring an inspection, it might be your state or local government. Consult with your real estate agent to make sure you’re not evading any local septic laws.

Depending on the inspection process, you might have two professionals take a look at the system. First, a home inspector might request to take a look at the system while on your property. Typically, this is a cursory glance but not a comprehensive review. Secondly, you might be required to conduct a specialty septic inspection. A professional septic inspection runs between $100-$250 and should take under three hours.

For information or to make an appointment, contact Morse Engineering and Construction.