If you live in a rural area or you work in a remote location where access to anything other than a private septic tank isn’t an option, you know how important it is to have a reliable, working septic unit. The function of a septic tank is to separate liquids and solids from the wastewater used in the home or worksite and understanding the process of your septic tank is the first step. Here’s what you need to know about repairing a fiberglass septic tank.
Cracks in the Tank
The strongest of materials will still eventually break down over time and FRP is no exception to the rule. Cracks can happen for different reasons, but once a crack has formed, action needs to be taken to repair it to prevent any leaks from the beginning. The issues cracks can cause include providing access to the tank for tree and other plant root systems to grow through. The tank can’t hold wastewater efficiently and this can cause overflows that pollute groundwater. Soil and cracks in the tank walls can put the integrity of the entire tank at risk under the weight of the soil if it’s installed underground and can cause collapse. If cracks in FRP tanks are left untreated, they can worsen and make repairs difficult until a replacement is required.
Epoxy is a strong substance used to repair FRP tanks in the sewage industry. It’s an adhesive that offers a powerful bond and a substantial resistance to chemicals that makes repairing an FRP sewage unit easy. The costs of these types of repairs depend on the severity of the crack and the size of the unit. Small cracks usually cost around $350 to $1,500 to repair with an epoxy or FRP repair kit, but large fissures or more severe damage in large quantity tanks may require an entirely new unit as the repairs may not hold. A new tank may seem like a big jump, but in some cases, it can actually save you money in frequent repairs that a faulty tank would cost you. Regardless of what size of septic tank you have, it’s crucial to keep up with inspections to catch cracks and damage early in order to save the unit and save you money.
Fibreglass tanks are a long-lasting solution to septic needs if properly taken care of. Factors including impact, ground movement or the age of the unit can contribute to cracks and other abnormalities forming on these tanks and inspections are necessary to keep up with the longevity of an FRP tank. We install sewage tanks and often forget about them until they force us not to. Prevent that stage from happening by keeping up with repairs and maintenance for your septic tank! If you’re looking for options for your rural or remote site, visit us online to see what we have in stock for you!