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Do You Have A Septic Line Structural Issue?


Even with scheduled preventative maintenance, it’s possible to experience a septic line issue that cannot be quickly resolved. If you observe a backup that repeatedly occurs with the same drain, it’s likely your septic line has a structural problem. Before you have the backyard torn up, give a professional a call and request a video camera inspection. A video camera inspection is an effective way to figure out exactly where a structural issue has developed in a septic line.


The Balance explains that sludge and slime build up will naturally happen, but it can also develop from items flushed down the toilet or drain like grease or other food items. Janet Wickell of The Balance explains “Grease can clog the septic drain field, making it impossible for soil to absorb liquids. If you pour too much grease down the drain, you’ll need a new drain field, which can be costly.” She goes on to point out tree roots can also disrupt a septic line. Willow trees, in particular, extend far and interrupt to septic lines.

Septic tanks require good bacteria or “living organisms,” to eat away the waste in the reservoir. The EPA explains that certain toxins like cleaning supplies can cause the good bacteria to die off. This will cause a build up of waste. The EPA website also points out that using a toilet like a trash can will rapidly fill a septic tank. The build can cause pressure in the septic line. This is not a scenario that will end well.


A technician inserts a small camera attached to a hose like-line into a drain that has an issue snaking couldn’t resolve. This procedure is not invasive and even works in septic lines that have unique angles. The video inspection will pinpoint exactly where the problem has developed. It will also reveal what is causing the septic line back up. With a clear picture, the technician will be able to create a less invasive repair plan of action.

This is especially important with contained septic line clogs that stay within the line. Using the video camera can confirm that the septic line does not have any cracks. In these instances, it is usually not necessary to tear up the tile, cement, or landscaping around the blockage. A confirmed contained clog could save you additional labor and repair expenses and could also speed up the repair process time.

Do you still have questions about using having a technician use a video camera? We’ve created a video to show you how the process works. Read more about our septic line inspection process and watch how we use a video camera on our website. Contact us today to schedule your septic tank repair. Kline’s extensive service map includes PA, MA, DE, and NJ.

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