Septic tank and drain field odors

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Septic Tank and Drain Field Odors.

This article is designed to help educate the reader on identifying and correcting septic tank odors and septic tank drain field problems that may cause odors. Septic tank odors are a sign that there is a failure in the system. Odors originate from the lack of digestion relating to the solid matter generated by the home or facility that it services. Because cities are reluctant to run city sewer lines and service to rural areas, septic tanks and drain field systems are reality for most people in these remote areas.

Maintaining a maintenance schedule and servicing a septic system is crucial. Pumping a septic tank on a regular basis can benefit the user and extend the life of the septic system by many years. In some areas of the country it is mandatory to pump a septic tank on a regular interval, while in other municipalities, septic take pump outs are monitored and if and when a septic system show signs of failure the municipality may issue a citation ordering the home owner or business owner to either correct the defective system or replace the septic tank and drain field at a cost that can run as much as $40,000 plus in some areas of the country.

When inspecting a septic system always uses “LLS” the look listen and smell method to identify any abnormities in a septic system. Look for any signs of a wet or a soggy drain field. A soggy drain field is usually a good indication the system or drain field is clogged with bio mat or some other type of obstruction trapping the water or effluent and pushing it to the top creating the wet or soggy area.

In the event that the septic tank system is equipped with a pump or a lift station will determine if you will need to inspect for the proper operation of the pump. There are many different types of pumps and many reasons why this system will fail. The drain field clogged with bio mat is probably the number one cause of failing drain field systems. The pump malfunctioning and making a sound that is not normal should always be causing for concern. The pump starting and stopping irregularly is usually an indication the pump is in the first stages of failure. Pump failure will result in a system failure and may cause a gurgling sound and sewage backups in the house may occur. Septic tank odors have a distinct smell and should be investigated immediately. Septic systems produce methane gas including hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide. If left untreated, they can become extremely toxic to your family causing illness, irritation and in rare cases explosion or death. Septic tank odors and gases found outside the home are usually emitted from a vent pipe designed to allow gases to escape from the system. This is another area of concern and should be inspected.

With the majority of septic tank systems failing to lack of bacteria and a buildup of bio mat in the drain field, consider using a commercial grade septic tank bacterial additive. Eliminate anti bacterial soaps and cleaners from your home. Over use of these anti bacterial products can cause a buildup of bio mat in the septic drain field causing failure and requiring expensive repair or even replacement.

By: Bradley Skierkowski