Is My Septic Tank Leaking?

Are you worried your septic tank is leaking? A leaking or failing septic tank isn’t always easy to spot. You might not see any signs of a problem. Routine maintenance or an inspection can uncover a leaking tank, but most homeowners won’t be aware of a leak until it becomes a major problem.

Other failures are obvious and require the help of a professional. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you have a septic tank or cesspool on your property.


The most common cause of leaks and failures are clogs from solids. Blockages can be caused by broken pipestree roots or sludge in the distribution system. Some tanks fail because they’re poorly designed. For instance, a system with a drain field won’t work in areas with a high groundwater table or too much slope.

Failure to properly maintain your system can lead to failure. Routine care includes pumping the septic tank every three to five years. If you don’t pump the tank, solids may clog the system or enter the drain field. A properly maintained system is the best way to avoid a failure. Yearly inspections by a professional can identify small leaks or other problems before they lead to major failures.


Is your sink or toilet draining slowly? Is the plumbing backing up frequently? These may be signs your septic system has a problem. Look outside to check for further indications of a failing system. The following situations are serious and require the immediate attention of a professional.

Regular inspection and pumping of your septic tank by a professional are the best ways to care for the system. Apollo’s technicians and plumbers can assist you in caring for your tank or cesspool. Whether you suspect a problem, or simply want to maintain the health of your septic tank, contact us for a free estimate: 503-239-8801

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    Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!


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    Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers.


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    I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them.


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