In the age of “DIY” this and “fix it yourself” that, your septic system is no exception to this fad. The question is, should you try and DIY it or should you have a professional come and look at it?
The short answer: hire a professional.
In this article, we will look at three reasons you should hire a professional to diagnose and repair your septic system.
1. Health Concerns
One of our biggest concerns for our customers is their health and safety when it comes to septic systems. Septic tanks, by their very nature, are a hazardous waste risk when not working properly. If your tank is leaking or backed-up, waste and bacteria from inside the tank can leach into your ground or back up into your drains. The contents of your septic tank really qualify as hazardous waste, so you don’t want expose yourself or your family to those kind of problems.
2. Potential Complications
Making the problem worse
Another reason why DIY is not recommended for septic systems, is the great potential for further complicating the problem. In our experience, most DIY septic tank projects end up making the problem worse. Despite their simple design, septic systems can have complex problems. We’ve seen too many septic systems damaged beyond repair by well-meaning, eager DIY-ers.
DIY for septic systems often ends in a misdiagnosis of the problem. While leaks are generally simple to locate in most cases, clogs can be much more difficult. Often problems with your tank and drain field will be very hard to diagnose or even notice until it’s far too late.
Probably one of the biggest obstacles for DIY’ers is the fact that they don’t have the right equipment. Depending on the type of problem you’re having, you might need a variety of different, specialized equipment. Most folks don’t have septic system snaking tools lying around the shop or heavy digging machines parked in the garage. DIY for your septic system could involve purchase or rental of tools and hiring a licensed contractor to dig.
Over all, the biggest disservice DIY will do to you is all the time lost. By the time you identify the problem, acquire the proper tools and equipment, make the repairs, and clean up you will have invested hours, if not days. Time you could have spent doing something much more enjoyable. A professional can have the problem resolved much more quickly and efficiently, saving you time and frustration.
Drain cleaning, septic tank repairs, drain field repairs and anything else revolving around your septic system pose serious health risks for homeowners. Theses jobs will also be nearly impossible to complete without the training, tools and equipment. Proper care of your septic system is going to cost time and money. Our goal is to make sure that your time and money is not wasted by trying to do it yourself.
Avoid potential health and safety risks and the loss of money and time trying to fix your septic system problem. Contact us today! We will make sure your septic system is in the best condition so you don’t have to worry about DIYing your way into bigger problems.