What Happens When a Septic Tank Is Not Serviced for 20 Years


In the video below, the host shares a recent experience responding to a customer’s call about a septic pump issue. Two weeks ago, the customer had no idea where their septic tank was located. Upon inspection, the septic tank pumpers found it to be close to five feet deep, prompting the decision to use machinery for excavation. When the team uncovered the tank, they revealed that it hadn’t been serviced in over 20 years.

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The host emphasizes the consequences of neglecting septic tank maintenance. The tank’s lid, supposed to be concrete, had deteriorated and broke off easily. The sanitary tee, also made of concrete, was crumbling, indicating severe deterioration. To address the issue, the team plans to make repairs by replacing the outlet tee with a more durable plastic one. Additionally, they install risers for easier access to the tank, emphasizing the importance of proper care to prevent the need for a complete replacement.

After installing risers and making necessary repairs, the team covers the tank with dirt, leaving the ground machine-grade finished. The host notes that a landscaper will later smooth out the surface, plant grass, and complete the restoration process. This serves as a reminder of the significance of regular septic tank maintenance to avoid deterioration and costly replacements.

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