Having problems with your septic tank? At A1 Sewer & Drain, our experienced contractors provide residential, commercial, and industrial septic tank repair service in Bergen County and nearby New Jersey. This includes 24-hour availability every day of the week for emergency septic tank repair. Septic tanks contain biohazardous material, and septic emergencies can’t wait until normal working hours. We always have a selection of our sewer service contractors on call for 24-hour emergency services for septic tank repair, sewer pipe repairs, and more. You can call our office any time to have an experienced contractor at your door almost immediately to fix your septic tank for you.
Common Reasons for Septic Tank Repair
Septic tanks are a small-scale approach to sewage treatment, often found in areas without a good connection to municipal sewer systems. They’re quite effective at safely allowing naturally occurring bacteria to break down waste materials, but like any sewer or plumbing system, they can occasionally develop problems that require a professional sewer service contractor to perform septic tank repairs. Some of the most common septic tank problems include:
- Problems with the soakaway. A septic tank’s “soakaway,” also known as a “drainfield,” removes the impurities and contaminating materials from water in the septic tank. Usually consisting of a network of trenches and pipes laid in porous gravel, and covered in soil, the soakaway provides a safe place for bacteria to do their jobs. While bacteria in the septic tank itself are anaerobic, meaning they don’t use oxygen, the soakaway is a home for aerobic bacteria, which require oxygen to live and thrive. When something goes wrong with the soakaway, the symptoms often resemble those of a burst or severely clogged sewer line. You may notice overflowing toilets and backed-up drains throughout your home, along with sewer smells. The area of your property over the soakaway may also be very waterlogged (and probably malodorous). If you notice problems that appear to originate at the soakaway, go ahead and call a septic tank repair company.
- Problems with winter water tables. During the winter, the water table can rise to a higher level than that of the septic tank’s outlet, causing water from the soakaway to start draining back into the septic tank. When the water level recedes, the solid-filled effluent can make the soil less porous than it should be, filling the air spaces and making it harder for bacteria to break down the waste material. If this happens, you may need septic tank cleaning or septic tank repair service.
- Deteriorating septic tank. The septic tank itself generally has internal nuts, bolts, rods, dividers, and other components that can wear down over time. Believe it or not, raw sewage is very corrosive, due to materials that the bacteria naturally produce as a byproduct of the metabolic activities that break down the sewage. Decomposing sewage emits hydrogen sulfide gas, which then converts into sulfuric acid that can eat away at concrete and even metal. You may end up needing either septic tank repair or septic tank replacement for an older tank.
What to Do in a Septic Tank Emergency
Septic tank emergency? Don’t panic, but don’t wait around and let the problem escalate, either. Call a 24-hour sewer repair company to get help as soon as possible. At A1 Sewer & Drain, we’re available 24/7, even on weekends, for same-day septic tank repair service and more. Call us any time at 201-645-0888.