Septic tanks may be unseen, and they quietly get on dealing with waste but they are not immune from trouble - the time will come when they need either attention, conversion or replacement.
They are subject to a range of problems - overflowing, blockage or bad odours and often these symptoms can be traced to a failing or blocked soakaway.
Every septic tank must be connected to a soakaway, and we've talked about this elsewhere but to recap - soakaway failure mostly comes down to a combination of poor construction or maintenance, deterioration of the septic tank itself or the drainage pipes - especially if they are clay pipes.
OK so how will you know if your soakaway has failed?
Here are the most likely symptoms:
- Effluent surfacing/leaking.
- Bad odours.
- Septic tank backing up soon after emptying.
- Bathroom and kitchen gullies overflowing.
- Residual effluent in Inspection chambers.