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Common Causes of Septic System Failure


All the water used in the home along with any waste, exits through the plumbing and enters the septic tank through the inlet pipe. Failures in this section of the system are usually dislodged or collapsed inlet pipe, soft tissue blockage, and potentially a failing drain field.


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Septic Tank

The septic tank serves one purpose and one purpose only, it holds solids. Pumping a septic tank over and over expecting to solve slow drain issues or backups is a waste of time and resources. Failures caused by the septic tank are most commonly the baffle tees need replacement, roots or other debris, cracks or failed lids. Tanks that are discharging water above ground are caused by a failing drain field or outlet pipe.

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Distribution Box

Some systems have DB’s and some do not. Once the tank has held all the solids and debris, the water exits the tank in the outlet pipe and flows into the drain field either directly from the outlet pipe or through a DB. Failures in this section are dislodged or collapsed outlet pipe, roots from surrounding plants, but can also be caused by a failing drain field.

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Drain Field

This is where the magic happens that makes the entire system work. Without a properly working drain field, the entire system can become damaged and need replacement. Delaying drain field repairs can end up costing 3 to 4 times more to repair if not remedied at the 1st sign of trouble. Age of the system, roots from vegetation, BIO-mat forming around the drain lines, location, and design of the system layout are also common causes of failed drain fields. Scheduled an appointment with the Pros at Freshwater if you are experiencing any issues with your septic system.

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A common question we get is, “How does a septic system work. Click on a subject to learn more:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have waste water in my yard?

Wastewater in your yard is a major warning sign your system is failing. The average drain field life span is around 30 years. If you have seepage in your yard and your system is less than 30 years old, you most likely have a bad design or improper installation. Failure to resolve these issues immediately will only compound your septic problems and expenses. Schedule an appointment to receive a repair estimate from the professionals at Freshwater.

Why do you I have waste water flowing into my bathroom?

Water travels in the path of least resistance. If you have water backing up into your home, your entire outside system has failed and the wastewater has nowhere else to go, except into your home. Immediate action is required to resolve. Completely stop or severely lower your water usage in the home until the Professionals at Freshwater can resolve the issue.

How often should I have my tank pumped?

I suspect my system is starting to fail, are there less expensive options than full system replacement?

Yes, depending on a number of variables like soil conditions, elevation, water table depth, some system can be restored to proper function without the cost of full replacement. Schedule an appointment today for a free estimate on resolving your issues.

What should I expect to pay for having my tank pumped

Prices vary based on the condition of tank and contents. Solids and liquids that are pumped out of the tank must be treated at a wastewater treatment facility before being released into the environment.
Coronavirus will also change the economic environment as we know it. Freshwater is committed to helping everyone we can that will be impacted by the pandemic. Schedule an appointment today we will be glad to do everything we can to service your needs.

What is the timeframe I should expect to have work completed on installations or replacement of drain field?

Work that does not require a permit from health department can be completed in 1 day. Installations and replacements of tanks or drain fields require a permit and can take up to 2 weeks to receive. From there its a matter of scheduling but typically the entire process can be completed in less than 3 weeks. But don’t worry, if you are having a backup situation, we will remedy it while waiting for work to complete.

What Services Does Freshwater Septic Offer?

At Freshwater, we take ownership of every system we install or repair as if it was our own. We have your financial expense in mind and we balance it with the best design or repair solution to meet your needs. We can handle any type of repair, service, or installation on all parts of your system.



Septic backups are a nightmare. We understand the urgency you feel to have repairs made immediately. Schedule an appointment to have the Pros at Freshwater remedy your issues. No charges apply until approved by you.

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When a system is installed properly you can expect it to last a lifetime. Freshwater designs and builds your system so that you never have to experience the issues of a failed system. We take pleasure in servicing your needs.

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If your septic system is acting up, you may need repairs. Our team will help you figure out the most efficient and sustainable way to repair your septic system so that you won’t have to worry about further damage in the future.

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What Separates Freshwater Septic From the Pack?

Freshwater was created to bring honesty, integrity, and the highest quality to the wastewater industry. After years of service in the field, Freshwater’s creator decided to do something about the issues of people being misled on what problems or solutions they need. The overcharging for services, low-quality standards, and the bait and switch marketing practices the larger septic companies employ.

If you are ready for a fresh experience in servicing your wastewater, then Freshwater is for you.

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Freshwater Septic is proud to serve North Georgia and it’s surrounding communities. Including:

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