When to Replace Your Septic Tank

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You’re probably here if you’re wondering when you need to replace your septic tank. Wisconsin homeowners who have septic systems already understand the importance of regular inspections, as they’re mandated by state law. These mandatory inspections ensure your septic system remains in good working condition. But what happens when your completely buried and out-of-sight septic tank needs a total replacement? It can be hard to determine the condition of your system when it truly is out of sight.

Explore the signs that it could be time to replace your septic tank. In this article, you will learn more about this process and why Sunset Septic is your trusted partner for such a critical home maintenance task.

Signs Your Septic Tank Needs Replacement

Not sure what to look out for between septic inspections? Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to septic tank replacement and repairs.

  • What is the Age of the Tank?
    Like everything else on your property, septic tanks have a lifespan. Typically, the lifespan of a septic tank ranges from 20 to 40 years. Consider replacement if your tank is approaching or has exceeded this age range. Even if it hasn’t shown any immediate issues, getting ahead of the problem is much easier than dealing with a far messier and more intensive repair down the road.
  • Have You Had Persistent Issues?
    When the drains are routinely slow, backups are frustratingly frequent, and foul odors linger, these are sure signs of septic problems. When these issues persist despite maintenance and repairs, your tank could be failing.
  • Contamination and Health Risks
    Septic system failures can contaminate the surrounding soil and groundwater, posing hazards to your health as well as the environment. This is particularly important if your water source is a well on the property. You should already be testing your well water, so if you notice a high level of nitrates, it’s time to call a septic professional. Nitrates aren’t just harmful to your health; they can also be a sign your septic system isn’t functioning correctly.

What to Expect When You Replace Your Septic Tank

First, you’ll need a thorough assessment to determine how much work will need to be done to rectify septic issues stemming from a damaged or inoperable tank. This assessment will include inspecting the tank, drain field, and all the associated components of your system. All of this helps to determine the extent of your septic tank issues and whether tank replacement is necessary. After the assessment confirms the need for a replacement, here’s what you should expect:

  • Permitting
    Any required permits from local authorities or health departments must be obtained before replacement. Compliance with local and state regulations is essential to ensure a legal, safe, and functional replacement.
  • Tank Selection
    Unlike picking out a new piece of furniture or kitchen appliance, tank selection is a relatively straightforward process. The size and material are chosen based on your household’s needs and local regulations, and the formula for selection is quite simple.
  • Excavation and Removal
    Once you’ve acquired all your permits and selected your new tank, it’s time for the really dirty work. The old tank will be excavated and carefully removed to avoid damaging the surrounding area. This process will require heavy equipment and skilled professionals on the job to assure the safe handling of the old system as well as the area surrounding it.
  • New Tank Installation
    Your brand-new septic tank is installed in accordance with all regulations and manufacturer guidelines. The expert technicians at Sunset Septic know proper placement and alignment are critical for proper operation and take extra care to ensure the installation goes without a hitch.
  • Backfilling and Restoration
    The excavated site is backfilled, and the area is restored as close to its original condition as possible.

Why Choose Sunset Septic to Replace Your Septic Tank?

Replacing a septic tank is a big job, one that requires expertise and precision. Sunset Septic brings more than 30 years of experience serving Wisconsin homeowners to the table, with licensed and experienced technicians who are well-versed in state regulations. Sunset Septic’s priorities are safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility throughout the replacement process.

Contact Sunset Septic today for a comprehensive assessment and reliable septic tank replacement services tailored to your home’s unique needs. Your peace of mind and a well-functioning septic system await!

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