It’s easy to disregard the health of your septic system because it works in the background. ou probably don’t even think about it until a problem becomes big enough to be noticeable. However, you need to take proactive steps to maintain the health of your septic system, because any issue can turn into a nightmare very quickly.
For your septic tank to stay in top shape, you can follow a few best practices. Simple things like emptying it regularly and watching for signs it’s full are important. However, there are some things that are not in your control, things that are out of your hands.
We’ll take a look at some of the most common septic tank problems and explain how you can fix or prevent them.
A clog is the most common reason for septic failure. They are usually the result of a buildup of solid waste over time. When the clog is big enough, it can cause sewage backups in toilets and slow drains in bathtubs or sinks
To prevent clogs from happening, avoid flushing non-septic waste down the drain, including substances that expand and congeal like grease, cotton, diapers, gauze, and tampons. You should also pump your tank regularly, at least every three to five years.
If you have a clog despite having had your septic tank pumped out recently (like in the last year, say) then a clog in a pipe between your home and the tank is the likely culprit. You’ll need to identify the location of the clog. If your drains are all draining slowly, the clog is probably in a pipe that leads out of your house. If sewage is backing up into your home or pooling around the septic tank, it might be an issue with the outlet baffle or effluent filter. In this case, we advise that you have a professional look into it.
Damage From Roots
When the tree roots of your lawn invade the soil near your septic tank or drain field, they may end up damaging it or damaging the pipes that lead from your house to the tank. This can cause the lines to become clogged or weakened, which can lead to leaks.
There are more than a few ways to prevent this. The most obvious one is to space trees away from your septic system or remove ones close to your system entirely. Another way is to use copper sulfate to kill any roots growing in your drain field. Just remember that copper sulfate should be flushed down the toilet a few times a year rather than down the drain, since it may cause corrosion on metal pipes if put directly down the drain.
You can also install a physical root barrier to prevent roots from going near your septic system. It is a great opportunity for homeowners who have recently had trees removed for causing a septic problem to install a root barrier that will prevent the same problem down the road. Physical barriers are relatively easy to install, and they provide excellent protection for septic equipment.
Excessive Water Use
Sometimes, tank overflow is caused by excessive water use. This happens when the liquid level in your tank is too high that it causes solid waste to be pushed out of the tubes meant for draining liquids, effectively creating a clog.
In septic tanks, water trickles slowly into the leach field as bacteria break down waste. So if the system gets overloaded with water, the waste must be disposed of somehow. Usually, that somewhere is in your leach field, or worse, your backyard.
The best way to avoid this problem is to be conscious of how your household uses water. After all, you don’t want to overload your septic system. This can mean investing in a high-efficiency toilet, avoiding 30-minute showers, or doing smaller batches of laundry per week.
Sometimes, the ground around your septic tank will shift slightly without you even noticing it. In the long run, this puts a great deal of pressure on the tank, which can lead to cracks or fractures appearing.
Of course, this can create problems. You may find that your septic tank is backing up and needs to be emptied more frequently. Additionally, if groundwater is able to enter through cracks in a tank, it will prevent it from being able to separate the waste.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem you can remedy on your own. In a worst-case scenario, you might need to have your septic tank replaced entirely. The best thing to do is to call a professional to assess the situation. They will be able to determine the best solution for your septic tank.
If you’ve recently purchased an old home or property, it is possible that the septic tank will be quite ancient as well. You’ll be surprised to know that some old homes use septic tanks that date back over 100 years and have designs that are different from modern ones.
A tank of this age may still function, but certainly not as efficiently as one that is modern-day, and this may result in septic tank problems for the owner. Additionally, although soakaway systems have no fixed lifespans, they certainly don’t last forever, and the older a tank is, the more problems you can expect over time.
It’s just a fact that, with an old tank, you’re likely to run into a few issues every so often as it’s more prone to breaks, clogs, and other similar problems. This is why, in our opinion, you’d be better off investing in a new septic tank. This way, you’ll have better peace of mind, and will be able to avoid constant repairs.
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