If you live in an older home, there is a pretty good chance that the septic system you have in place consists of an older model steel septic tank. While steel septic tanks were once a common component in septic systems, these tanks have long been replaced by more modern and durable types, such as fiberglass and concrete septic tanks. If you are pretty certain that your home is fitted with a steel septic tank, you should know a few things right off the bat. When it comes to steel septic tanks, the more you know as a homeowner, the better prepared you will be to take action and prevent problems.
Steel septic tanks have a relatively short life span.
The first thing you should know about a steel septic tank is this: if it is more than 15 to 20 years old, there is a good chance that the tank hiding out beneath the ground already has its fair share of rust and corrosion. By this age, a steel septic tank may have already lost its baffles to rust and could even have a bottom that is completely rusted out. Therefore, if you are uncertain of the age of your steel septic tank, it is best to have a contractor take a look at it.
Steel septic tanks cannot withstand overground weight pressure.
Steel septic tanks, even when they are initially installed, cannot withstand the same amount of overground pressure as other types of tanks. It is not at all uncommon for an unwitting homeowner to park a vehicle or some other hefty item directly over a steel septic tank and come back to find the top of the septic tank has faltered and left them with a sunken area along with a major mess beneath the ground. For this reason, the area directly over your steel septic tank should be closely guarded. Make sure you don't put any excess pressure on the septic tank by making sure you park vehicles somewhere else and definitely not building a structure over the area.
It is usually recommended by professionals that steel septic tanks be replaced.
Although there are modern forms of steel septic tanks, these tanks are much more resilient than their older counterparts, usually coated with materials to ward off corrosion and built with a combination of materials to make them stronger altogether. However, if you are pretty certain the septic tank you have on your property is steel, don't be surprised to get a recommendation from a professional to have the tank replaced as soon as possible. For more information, contact professionals like Lutzky Contracting.