Septic Tank Plumbing Services in Schwenksville

Make sure your septic tank is up to code. Call Ray A. Shaffer, Inc. at (610) 287-7831 for professional septic tank services in Schwenksville, PA. Click here for savings on your next repair service.


Foul odors from your septic tank is cause for concern. There could be a range of reasons for the problem, from broken ventilations to drainfield issues. Our technicians will help you figure out the source of the problem and have it resolved. We have extensive experience with septic tank repair in the Schwenksville, PA area and know the specific needs of our clients.

Septic Tank Problems

Septic tanks need to be cleaned, emptied, and maintained on a yearly basis. There is only so much sludge a system can handle. Once this waste begins to empty into your soakaway pit, a clog from oil and grease buildup inevitably occurs.

A note on your soakaway pit: Your soakaway pit should not be placed more than three feet below the ground. This includes the one-foot bed of gravel beneath the pipe. If your soakaway exceeds the three-foot rule, the water table becomes higher than your outlet level. This will cause your outlet pipe to back up into your septic tank.

If left unattended over time, waste clogs can damage your drains as well as your tank’s chamber. You can avoid several problems by making sure your drains are not handling more than they should. This means watching what you flush down your toilet or put down your sink. Overloading water into your septic tank can also cause problems.

When there is a ‘low to no’ supply of oxygen, anaerobic bacteria forms. This is the type of bacteria that actually thrives on little to no air. It will produce a slime that will not only block your soakaway, but which will also make the soil become less porous; the soil then loses its ability to absorb what comes from the septic tank.

Here are additional problems involving your septic tank that you should watch out for:

  • Water bubbles coming out of the septic tank
  • Water backed up in the yard
  • Kitchen/bathroom fixtures won't drain
  • Toilet won't flush
  • Pipe deterioration

A note on backed-up septic tanks: Anytime a system fails in quickly leaching out the amount of water that is discharged, your system will back up. When a leaching field is failing to keep up with how much 'grey' water is being piped into your system, then this grey water will back up into various parts of your system.

Professional Maintenance on Your Septic Tank

Properly maintaining your septic tank and being careful about what you put into your system will significantly improve its efficiency and make sure your home or business is complying with local codes. Call us today at (610) 287-7831 if you need immediate assistance—we offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services.