If you have a home with a septic system and concrete tank, then the system could be undersized for the waste treatment needs of your home. This can lead to a lot of issues with the system and even failure. Improvements like lines, distribution pump, and secondary tanks could help prevent some of these common problems. Here are some ways to upgrade undersized concrete tanks to prevent failures.
1. Repairing Cracks and Leaks with Old Concrete Tanks
The biggest problem with concrete tanks is that they can crack due to stress and wear. Therefore, you want to have your septic tank inspected for problems and repair cracks that can lead to leaks and other serious problems with your septic system. If you have cracks repaired, then you will also want to have the repairs occasionally inspected during routine inspections to ensure they don't fail and problems do not return.
2. Lining Concrete Tanks to Prevent Deterioration
The harsh conditions inside a septic tank can cause deterioration of septic tanks. This is something that can be prevented by having a synthetic lining installed in the tank. When you have a septic tank lining installed, you will need to have the tank pumped and may need repairs done due to deteriorating baffles and other components inside of the tank.
3. Secondary Tanks to Expand the Capacity of Septic Systems
If the problem with your septic system is an undersized tank, then you may need to have it upgraded. Rather than completely replacing your existing tank, you may be able to improve capacity by simply adding a secondary treatment tank. This can be an additional small tank made of modern materials that expands that capacity of your septic system.
4. Distribution Pumps and Tanks for Improving Waste Treatment
The distribution of waste to the drain field is also important, and with older systems, it may not be efficient. Adding a secondary distribution pump can help improve the capacity of your tank and the distribution to the drain field. You may want to talk with a septic contractor about how the drain field distribution can be improved and if this type of septic system improvement is right for your home.
These are some tips to help upgrade undersized tanks to prevent common problems that could lead to failures. If you need help with septic tank upgrades, contact a septic pumping service and talk to them about some of these improvements.