Septic Repair - Repairing Individual Components

General

Replacing damaged components should only be completed by a professional septic system installer.  Repairs to septic systems usually require permits from the Town, City, County, District, and/or State.   Contact your local Board of Health, Health Department, or Building Inspector to determine what permits may be required at your site.  If the extent of the repair requires replacing a septic tank and/or drain field, contact a local professional septic system designer; they will know local codes and permit requirements.

Replacing crushed or damage pipelines.  Septic system pipelines may be cracked, crushed or corroded, interrupting the flow of liquid between system components.  Drain field pipelines may be partially crushed due to vehicles driving over them.  These damaged pipelines are sometimes noticeable because the lawn may appear caved in, or there is unusual dampness in certain areas.  Damaged pipelines can frequently be replaced without overhauling the entire septic system or replacing the septic system drain field. ...more

Replacing a damaged D-box.  If the drain field is determined to be working, a damaged D-box can often be replaced without impact on the drain field. ...more

Replacing damaged septic tank baffles.  If the septic tank is determined to be in good structural condition and not leaking, damaged baffles may be replaced with plastic tee-type baffles. ...more

Replacing a damaged or failed septic tank.  Replacement of failing septic tanks usually requires a professional septic designer to prepare a design plan that shows the site and specifies the location, elevation, size, materials of construction, and installation methods for the proposed work.   These professional designers are familiar with the pertinent codes and regulations applicable to your site. ...more

Replacing a failed drain field.  Replacing a failed drain field often requires a professional septic designer to prepare a design plan shows the site and specifies the location, elevation, size, materials of construction, and installation methods for the proposed work.  This work usually requires site investigations to evaluate soil and groundwater conditions at the location of the proposed replacement drain-field. ...more

Clogged Pipelines or Clogged Septic Tank Outlet Filter.  Clogged pipelines can often be resolved by contacting a sewer-drain maintenance and cleaning company.  In some cases, a septic pumper may be able to resolve these issues by pumping out the septic tank, clearing any blockages at the septic tank, and cleaning the septic tank outlet filter if one is present.

Corroded components ... Improve venting

Significant corrosion of septic system components is often a sign of inadequate venting.  This is often correctable by removing any obstructions to air flow through the various components, adding a vent at the drain field, and/or improving the operation of the house plumbing vent(s). 

For a detailed discussion of improving house venting, see Septic Odors

Check with your local plumber prior to making any changes to your house plumbing vents; they may have additional ideas and can ensure that any modifications comply with building codes.