Monday, August 15, 2022

If you smell a foul odor coming from your septic system, does that mean your system is failing?

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There may be several reasons for the smell, which can occur inside or outside your home. If you notice an odor, it may be coming from a roof vent or other vent pipe that allows the system pressure to equalize. This is a normal part of your system. Sometimes these vents can become obstructed and clogged (from leaves, debris, etc.) or the vent pipe can freeze during prolonged cold spells. These situations could cause an odor inside or outside of your home. Another possibility is a down draft (changes to wind pattern) or other location-specific conditions, which can create an odor inside or outside your home. In these cases, the vent may need to be cleaned or raised. There are charcoal filters available for roof vents that may also alleviate the odors.

Find out if your septic system is failing by reading more here.

LaChance Brothers Excavating has the experience you’re looking for in septic tank pumping for your South Lyon home. We’ve been serving South Lyon and the surrounding communities since 1956. We’re family run, and we’ll treat you like family.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

What are common signs of a failing septic system?

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  • Water and sewage from toilets, drains, and sinks backing up into the home’s plumbing
  • Bathtubs, showers, and sinks draining very slowly
  • Gurgling sounds in the plumbing system
  • Standing water or damp spots near or over the septic tank or drainfield
  • Sewage odors around the septic tank or drainfield
  • Bright green, spongy lush grass over the septic tank or drainfield, even during dry weather
  • Straight pipe discharging untreated wastewater to the ground surface
  • Algae blooms in nearby lakes or waterbodies
  • High levels of nitrates or coliform bacteria in surface waters or drinking water wells

Find out if your septic system is failing by reading more here.

LaChance Brothers Excavating has the experience you’re looking for in septic tank pumping for your South Lyon home. We’ve been serving South Lyon and the surrounding communities since 1956. We’re family run, and we’ll treat you like family.


Learn more about how to care for your septic tank on our website!

Friday, July 15, 2022

What Are Signs of Damage?

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Most septic tanks are not damaged by flooding since they are below ground and completely covered. However, septic tanks and pump chambers can fill with silt and debris, and must be professionally cleaned if your system isn’t accepting water. If the soil absorption field is clogged with silt, a new system may have to be installed.

Learn more about how to care for your septic system after a flood here.


Have questions about how to keep your septic system running at peak performance? LaChance Brothers Excavating has the experience you’re looking for in septic tank pumping for your South Lyon home. We’ve been serving South Lyon and the surrounding communities since 1956. We’re family run, and we’ll treat you like family.


Friday, July 1, 2022

What to Do with Your Septic System After a Flood?

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Is your drain field flooded?

Is your system clogged and struggling to accept more water?

You should contact a professional septic system and drain field specialist today! According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), once floodwaters have receded, there are several things homeowners should remember:

  • Don’t drink well water until it’s tested. Contact your local health department.
  • Don’t use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house.
  • Have your septic tank professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage. 
  • If sewage has backed up into your basement, clean the area and disinfect the floor. 


Learn more about how to care for your septic system after a flood here.


Have questions about how to keep your septic system running at peak performance? LaChance Brothers Excavating has the experience you’re looking for in septic tank pumping for your South Lyon home. We’ve been serving South Lyon and the surrounding communities since 1956. We’re family run, and we’ll treat you like family.

Friday, June 17, 2022

After a Power Outage…Protect Your Septic System!

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A power outage may damage your septic system and make it unsafe. Always consult with a septic system service professional and follow these steps according to the NEHA: 

  1. Turn off power to your system at the circuit breaker and unplug all power cords. 
  2. Inspect your system and contact a septic system service professional if any of the following issues are found:
    1. Damaged piping, risers or manway covers 
    2. Exposed electrical wiring to control boxes 
    3. Unlevel ground
    4. Damage to the disposal field 
    5. Odor or visible evidence of sewage 
    6. Exposed septic system components 
    7. Settling or breakage away from pipe 
    8. Exposed electrical wiring to pumps 
  3. If your system has a pump, it may have a high-water alarm that may sound when the power is restored based on your water usage during the power outage. 
  4. Continue to reduce water use for several days. 

Have questions about how to protect your septic system during a power outage? Learn more here.


LaChance Brothers Excavating has the experience you’re looking for in septic tank pumping for your South Lyon home. We’ve been serving South Lyon and the surrounding communities since 1956. We’re family run, and we’ll treat you like family.


Learn more about how to care for your septic tank on our website!

Friday, June 3, 2022

During a Power Outage…Protect Your Septic System!

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Your septic system won’t run if you have a pressure distribution system or components that require electricity in order to operate. Wastewater will collect in the system during the power outage and must be treated and dispersed when power returns. 

Have questions about how to protect your septic system during a power outage? Learn more here.


LaChance Brothers Excavating has the experience you’re looking for in septic tank pumping for your South Lyon home. We’ve been serving South Lyon and the surrounding communities since 1956. We’re family run, and we’ll treat you like family.


Learn more about how to care for your septic tank on our website!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Renting Out Your Home? Protect Your Septic Tank from Disaster!

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It’s springtime and it’s time to get your septic tank checked if you plan on renting out your home this summer. The last thing you want to worry about is having a septic issue when renters stay. You should also advise your renters what they can and can’t put down the drain. They may be used to a different type of septic system and might not realize they can cause harm by tossing unusual things down the drain.

If you have a rental property, learn more about how you can avoid problems with your septic system here.


Have questions about how to keep your septic system running at peak performance? LaChance Brothers Excavating has the experience you’re looking for in septic tank pumping for your South Lyon home. We’ve been serving South Lyon and the surrounding communities since 1956. We’re family run, and we’ll treat you like family.


If you smell a foul odor coming from your septic system, does that mean your system is failing?

There may be several reasons for the smell, which can occur inside or outside your home. If you notice an odor, it may be coming from a roof...