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Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.

preparing for plumbing emergencies

Three Common Issues You May Face With Your Wastewater System And What They Can Mean

Veronica Torres

Have you started to suspect that there is something amiss with your septic system? Are you wanting to get it taken care of before something goes really awry and you're left with a mess? No matter whether you're hooked up to a septic system or to a city sewer system, there are always things that can happen; neither is objectively "better" or "worse" than the other, despite what you might hear from some people. To that end, here are some issues you might be facing and the most common solutions to each of them:

Slow/sluggish toilet: When you're hooked up to the city sewer system, a slow-draining toilet is often indicative of a clogged vent stack. The vent stack is an air-filled pipe that runs roughly from the back of your toilet to the roof. It allows sewer gases to escape into the air rather than having them enter your home or to build up and explode. When you have a septic tank, a toilet that drains slowly is more likely to be the result of a full septic tank. With less and less space for solid waste, even liquid waste will have a hard time entering your septic tank until you have one of your local septic pumping services come out and empty the tank for you.

Multiple slow drains: Sometimes, it's not just the toilet that's running slowly but also other drains in your home. Sometimes, it'll be every drain and sometimes it'll just be a seemingly random assortment of two or three drains. If you don't have a septic system, there is some almost certainly some sort of blockage in the line between your home and the city sewer line. This is also something that can happen if you have a septic tank; often, this happens when plant roots have started to intrude on the pipe system. However, with a septic system, you also need to check whether the tank is full and needs to be emptied by one of your local septic pumping services.

Bad smells: In general, a modern septic tank system should give off little to no smells except on the very hottest days of summer. If you are smelling something bad, either coming out of your drains or around the septic tank area, on days that are just mildly warm, then the tank may need to be emptied by your local septic pumping services. If the tank isn't that full, a full inspection afterward will hopefully reveal whatever the real issue is.

To learn more about septic tank pumping, contact a company in your area like American Pumping Service.


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