Yes, septic systems are built to last. And, if they’re taken care of well and properly routinely serviced, and with a little luck, they will last, for decades.

But, they are not built to last in perpetuity. And besides that, good fortune is not always with us, is it?

Here are some reasons why it may be time to look into getting a new septic system:

  • Your current system can’t handle the water flow or consumption for your household. One (easier, less expensive and better-for-the-environment) workaround for this is to reduce how much water you use. In some situations, of course, this is infeasible, in which case updating or upgrading your septic system is the best course of action.
  • Your current system needs major repairs. This could include but not be limited to a cracked tank, which would most likely need to be replaced.
  • The tank or drainfield in your current system don’t filter wastewater correctly. Your system would not pass inspection in this state. One tell-tale sign is the smell of raw sewage anywhere.
  • The best (probably) reason why you’d need a new septic system: construction of a new house or structure. “Best,” we say, because you’re not replacing an old, problematic system.

Little’s Septic will do our best to service and repair your existing system, up until it’s time to install a new one. We’ll provide counsel and advice anywhere along the spectrum in between.

Check out this post for some additional signs that your septic system may be aging: Some classic signs that you may need to replace your septic tank.