Leach Field Repair

Dealing with septic tank and leach field repair is an inconvenient necessity at times that septic system owners face. A well-maintained septic tank will face less repairs over the lifetime of the tank. Obtaining a septic inspection report is a good start to knowing what you are getting yourself into and whether or not there are septic tank and leach line repairs ahead on a potential piece of property you’re interested in purchasing.

Leach Field Repair

What is Septic System Repair?

Septic system repair occurs when a component of the septic system malfunctions and must be fixed in order for the septic tank system to operate effectively. If you have a septic tank on your property, repairs can be expected from time to time to upkeep the septic system.

Common repairs and maintenance conducted on a septic tank system:

  • Emergency septic tank services.
  • Emergency septic tank pumping.
  • Septic cleaning.
  • Septic pumping.
  • Sewage backups.
  • Septic tank overflow.
  • Leach field repair.
  • Pipe replacement.
  • Septic tank inspection.
  • Septic tank repair.
  • Septic tank service.
  • Septic tank replacement.
  • Septic system installation.

Maintaining a healthy septic system and scheduling regular septic tank inspections / septic tank pumping / Septic tank cleaning provides a limitation with the amount of repairs that will be completed throughout the lifetime of the septic tank system. Regularly keep an eye on your septic tank to look out for potential septic system repairs.

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Septic inspection exposes a major root intrusion for repair.

What is septic tank repair?

Septic tank repair occurs when the integrity of the septic tank fails. During a septic tank inspection, the technician will look for corrosion on the inside of the septic tank. Another indicator is the interior of the concrete structures start flaking.

In most cases this is an indication the septic tank is potentially compromised. When rebar starts appearing it is possible the metal is corroding and further contributes to concrete deterioration. This may require you to replace a top or a lid for your septic tank.

If you have a fiberglass or plastic septic tank, warping or bowing of the tank indicates structure failure. There is no real repair that can be undertake to repair these abnormalities, so in most cases the septic tank will need to be replaced.

Other structural damages one might come across are cracks or holes in the septic tank. These are not always visible to the naked eye. It might take observing the fluid levels over a period of time to determine if there is any factor causing a leak. It is likely you have a septic leak if the contents of the septic tank are lowering rather than increasing. Often times with cracks or holes, the issue can be resolved with sealers or fillers.

Ultimately, it takes a professional septic tank inspection to determine what the best remedy is to whichever issue might be at hand.

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Pumping a septic tank completely empty to perform repairs.

How much does it cost to fix a failed septic system?

Septic tank repair and leach line repair can cost as low as a few hundred dollars and reach towards the upper end of thousands to get the septic system in proper working order. It depends on the type and severity of the repair. The earlier warning signs that something is out of line with the septic system are caught, the less likely larger and more costly repairs will be necessary.

Septic system repair costs
Fixing a failed septic system will include an estimate from a licensed contractor.

What is the principal cause of septic system failure?

The number one cause of septic system failure us usually excessive water in the tank. There is an entire process that happens in the septic tank system in which the water is eventually recycled out through the leach fields. If more levels of water are being introduced to the tank than it can effectively filter out, it is likely a backup is in the horizon.

Septic system failure
Septic tank with too much water overflowing.

What are causes of septic system failure?

In addition to overloading the septic tank with water, another factor in septic system failure is a lack of maintenance or inadequate maintenance. If septic tank pumping is ignored, the likely result is backups, clogged pipes & leach fields. Pipes can ultimately collapse and may need to be completely replaced if overloaded.

Septic system failure can also be caused by improper design. The outflow of septic tank contents is determined by the amount of people in a household. Septic systems are designed to factor the sewage intake on a daily basis, this means outflow needs to be determined as well. Sometimes the leach fields are too small or the percolation of the soil does not meet the local building codes. A septic drain field that cannot perform in favorable frequency to absorb & recycle the wastewater is a poorly designed septic system which can require septic tank repairs in the future.

Correct installation of the septic system is vital. Soil conditions when installed can affect the long term condition. Other things that need to be precise are grades, pipe connections and efficient flow.

Further septic failure can be caused by physical damage. You might be thinking, “What kind of physical damage can my septic system face? It is underground!” Unfortunately, “out of sight, out of mind” isn’t always on your side when it comes to the structural integrity of the septic system. Heavy vehicles or machinery driving and operating over the tank can cause cracks and breaks to the septic tank and its components.

Other physical damage can be soil compaction shifting as well as tree roots growing through the septic system.

causes of septic system failure
Causes of septic system failure

What is a leach field?

A leach field is an extension of the septic tank system. Leach fields, also referred to as leach lines and septic drain fields, work as a filtration system for the wastewater that exits the septic tank. The leach fields remove any last pollutants & contaminants that remain in the wastewater. Wastewater is carried through the leach fields and drains out into designated sandy or rocky areas where it cleans and eventually recycles itself organically through microbial breakdown.

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Leach field and septic tank installation.

What is Leach Field Repair?

Leach field repair is required when one or multiple aspects of the leach field are compromised or broken. Minor repairs can be made to the leach lines when it comes complications from backups. Sometimes a leach field can be revitalized by restoring components to the drain field like adding sand and gravel.

If the leach field has been poorly maintained or neglected, it is often that repair is not an option. In the worst case scenario, the entire septic drain field will need to be replaced.

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Leach field repair should be performed by licensed professionals.

How do I tell if my leach field needs to be repaired?

If you are uncertain if there is something wrong with your septic tank you should probably call a professional in the septic industry. A wise property owner will be able to identify signs that something is amiss with their leach fields.

Leach field repair warning signs:

  • Plumbing fixtures such as toilets and sinks slowly draining.
  • Water or other sewage components pooling in or near your leach field.
  • Foul odors around the leach field or even in your home.
  • Backups.
leach field repair warning signs
Most signs that your leach field needs repair are obvious.

What causes my leach fields to fail?

If you are living in the countryside of Fresno, CA and the owner of a septic system, some leach field repairs are unavoidable while others are. You can count on any of the following to lead to leach line failure:

  • Roots in the line.
  • Backups.
  • Excessive water use.
  • Poorly maintained and neglected leach fields.
  • Low soil absorption / failed percolation tests.
  • Improper flow or grade for the pipes.
  • Improper septic system design.
  • Failing pipe connection fittings.
  • Unforeseen damage like driving a vehicle over the drain field.
  • Animal invasion.
  • Building structures over the drain field.
  • Introducing chemicals and additives to the contents of the septic tank.
  • Introducing other inorganic materials to the septic tank like baby wipes, diapers & feminine hygiene products. Even “flushable” wipes can cause harm.
cuses of leach field failure
Leach fields fail for many surface and superfifical reasons.

What is the cost of Leach Field Repair near me?

The type of leach field repair will determine the cost. Replacing a fitting for a pipe connection is going to be a whole lot less than completely replacing the entire leach field. You will need to reach out to local septic tank pumping companies around Fresno and Madera get pricing specific to the repair required.

In order to ensure you are paying the best price for the upcoming repair, compare prices from multiple companies. Remember, you get what you pay for.

septic services by Suck It Up
Suck It Up Septic provides leach field repair in Fresno, California and the surrounding areas.

What is leach field replacement?

Leach field replacement occurs when there is already an existing leach field that has failed beyond repair. In order to replace a leach field, the best option is to go with a licensed contractor rather than trying to install one yourself.

Unfortunately you cannot just dig up the old leach field and replace it with a new one. The leach field will need an entirely new location. You will need a new percolation test for the new location to ensure the new drain field will adequately function.

leach field replacement
You will need a new percolation test for the new location to ensure the new drain field will adequately function.

What is the cost of leach field replacement?

Leach field replacement cost is likely to be a high expense you might face as a septic system owner. It is almost like starting from scratch and installing a whole new septic system. There are permits, soils testing and hiring a contractor. Replacing a septic leach field can range from $3,000 upward toward $20,000 depending on the size of the location and how many extras the project entails.

leach field replacement cost
Replacing a septic leach field can range from $3,000 upward toward $20,000 depending on the size of the location and how many extras the project entails.