Common Septic Tank Issues

septic tank installation in Spokane Valley, WA

If you are like many people, you rely on a septic tank for your plumbing needs. When you run into a problem with it, let Vietzke Trenchless help. We are the premier company specializing in septic tank installation in Spokane Valley, WA. Here are the most common septic tank issues we help our clients with.

Tree Root Infiltration

Tree roots become especially problematic when a septic system is involved. If you have trees in your yard where the tank is installed and the roots start looking for water and fertilizer, the roots can grow and spread in the ground and even infiltrate the septic tank. This can lead to damage or a significant clogging problem.

Wrong Things in the System

Everything you put down your drains or toilet must be biodegradable. As a result, if the wrong things get into your plumbing, it will adversely affect your septic tank, requiring you to get septic tank services to clear them out. Even some items that are labeled as flushable, such as sanitary wipes should go in the garbage instead of the toilet.

Harsh Chemicals

Many homeowners use commercial cleaners that consist of harsh chemicals to clean out their drains. However, these products do more harm than good, especially if you have a septic tank. The chemicals can kill the bacteria in the system that’s meant to break down solid waste. When this occurs, you may need a septic tank replacement.


If you notice very green patches of grass in your yard where the septic tank is installed, it may mean there’s a leak. As raw sewage is part of what’s leaking from the tank, it serves as fertilizer for the grass and other vegetation. However, this is a health and environmental hazard, which means you need septic tank repair.

If you live in Washington and need septic tank services, contact Vietzke Trenchless at your earliest convenience.

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