Septic System Maintenance & Repairs Chattanooga, TN

Choo Choo Rooter, a local Chattanooga Plumber, safely performs Septic System Maintenance which helps to ensure the proper functioning of a system for many years to come.

Even a septic system that is well designed and properly installed can, without proper care, fail and having a septic system replaced is usually expensive and time-consuming. A serious health hazard is also posed by septic tank problems which can contaminate your property Not only will you dance property damage, but also environmentally cleanup.

That being said, how does a septic tank and system actually work? Understanding this is crucial to a system that is well-functioning.

How a Septic Tank Works

When wastewater enters a septic tank, the waste is actively broken down by bacteria, leaving behind water that is able to percolate down into the ground. The entire septic system counts on the bacteria to properly do their job. This bacteria lives not only in your septic tank but also down in the drainfield.

Effluent is what all waste which flows into a septic tank is called. When the organic materials are broken down by the bacteria, a layer of sludge is formed at the tank’s bottom. This sludge consists of the bacteria’s byproducts and the inorganic solids. As the sludge falls to the bottom, to the top floats a layer of scum. Scum is made up of grease, fats, and oils so basically a septic tank works as a settling pond.

All septic tanks contain a filter which prevents the majority of the solids from making their way to the outlet pipe which least to the drainfield. A drainfield is a large surface area. It is where the bacteria feeds off of the effluent and where the water that is treated seeps into the ground. There are holes in the pipes which carry the treated water so the water can drain while the gravel that surrounds the pipes allows for oxygen to reach the bacteria that is inside. With the bacteria’s assistance, the waste is decomposed, and the water that is cleaned goes back down into the ground water.

Signs of Septic Tank Problems & Failures

  • Sewage backup, any bad smelling black liquid in the drains or toilets
  • Slow draining or flushing toilets, multiple slow drains
  • Wastewater pooling on the ground surrounding the septic system
  • Green grass covering the septic system all throughout warm weather
  • Unpleasant odors smelt around the home

If any of the above-mentioned signs are noticed around you home, it is important to quickly schedule an appointment without our Choo Choo Rooter technician in Chattanooga.

Septic Tank Maintenance in Chattanooga, TN

As you’ve probably come to realize, bacteria are an important part of the system. Constantly using harsh household chemicals in large quantities will kill off the crucial bacteria that lives in the septic tank and drain. The waste, without these organisms, is not able to be broken down. Flushing waste which takes a very long time to decompose can also harm the system, for example, coffee grounds, diapers, and cigarette butts can cause damage to the septic system.

Other issues can also arise from garbage disposals that are overused as well as synthetic lint fibers that come from washing machines. Large quantities of wastewater that are sent over a short period of time can cause the tank to too quickly flush out. Having excess sludge in your tank can also interfere with the ability of the bacteria to break down the incoming waste, and it can seep out into the drainfield where the holes in the pipes become clogged.

Roots from your landscape’s trees and bushes can also cause root intrusion in the drainfield which if left unchecked, causes damage. As a matter of fact, this is the main cause of sewer clogs. Choo Choo Rooter provides septic tank pumping for both commercial and residential location. Having the tank pumped removes the accumulation of scum and sludge. As a rule of thumb, you should have your tank pumped once a year, although there are some who are able to go about three years in between pumping. This will depend on the amount of waste that runs through your system as well as the size of your tank.

We offer regular inspections, and when necessary pumping to ensure that the bacteria is able to perform its job efficiently. Our specialists are also able to install an effluent filter into the tank which will protect your drain pipes from becoming clogged. If you find that the filter you currently have is constantly clogging, it may be necessary for you to be a bit more cautious about the types of products your are sending down the drain. Food scraps, fat, and grease from the garbage disposal alone are able to increase the amount of solids in a tank by 50%

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Unlike plumbers who merely know how to pump a septic pump, our technicians have a deep understanding of the system as a whole. Our inspections are thorough and will help you better understand the state of your septic system, the amount of water you should pass through it on a daily basis, introduce more bacteria if it is needed, as well as determine if the septic tank is the proper size for your home.

If you are dealing with clogged drain pipes, inquiry with us about our pipe cleaning services. By hydro-jetting your pipes we can free them from any obstructions as well as save you the costs of having to install a new drainfield. We are also able to install a filter on the drain to your washing machine to trap any lint particles preventing them from conflicting with the bacteria in your tank. Our specialists are also able to assist you with limiting your water use with the installation of low-flow shower heads, as well as by replacing old toilets that waste water.

Our specialty is tree root intrusion removal along with pumping and repair of septic tanks. The prices we offer are always competitive and priority scheduling is always offered as well. If you have a system that is clogging, we can help to determine the source as well as offer the solution that will limit the damage to your property and will completely address the issue at hand.

If you have noticed any issues with your septic tank, call us up today and avoid a sewer disaster which can be hazardous. We are available 24/7 365 days of the year and we have no overtime charges. Make sure your septic system keeps going strong thanks to our routine inspections as well as pumping services which will guarantee that your septic system continues to work efficiently for years to come.