Septic System Problems?

Septic problems can range from simple to very complicated!

It may seem surprising, but fairly often homeowners do not know exactly where their septic system is! We have special tools, including one that will travel through the system and allow us to track it accurately.

Since your septic drain line runs outside the house, sometimes problems can occur to the line itself, between the house and the septic tank. A common problem is that over time, nearby trees grow, and as they do, their roots can penetrate the septic line. When tree roots compromise a septic line, you might see a slowdown of flow, or leaks.

Should I be worried about my septic system?

Because your septic system is literally underground, it can be easy to forget or even ignore. But if you think that there may be a problem with the septic system you may save a whole lot of money by spending a little now to find out what’s wrong. If you can avoid replacing an entire drain field, for example, you’ll be a lot happier.

What are some symptoms of septic system failure?

Remember, if you have any of these symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean that your entire system is failing. It could be just one component, and it might be a relatively easy and inexpensive fix. If you let it go, though, it may turn into something much greater.

  • Can you see a backup?
  • Have you noticed a faint smell of sewage? Depending on how your septic lines are run, you might notice the smell in a downstairs bathroom or in your basement.
  • Does it seem like things are draining slowly? Remember that everything that goes down your drain, from the shower to the kitchen sink, goes into the septic system. So, any slowness you notice anywhere in that overall system might indicate a problem with the septic system.
  • Is the drainfield always wet, even in dry weather?
  • Is the grass over the drainfield especially green or healthy-looking?

If you see any of these symptoms, call a professional. Call now: 508-737-3977.

A pumping hose in a septic system, for pumpingAlso, how long has it been since the septic system was pumped? The State of Massachusetts recommends pumping every three years.

Our Service Area

Abbsolutely the Best Septic can take of 100% of your septic needs in these mid-Cape, Lower Cape and Outer Cape towns: Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet & Truro.

A testimonial from one of our repeat customers. We serviced his original system, and then designed and built a new septic system for him:

Later, to sell my property, he notified me that the system had to replaced. He coordinated the complete new installation process, from the engineering design, removal of the failed septic system to the installation of a larger one so that the new owners can increase the number of bedrooms if desired. I’m very pleased that Bob Lothrop was there for me and the results, Abb-Solutely The Best!

Allan Rogers

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