Why Do Septic Systems Fail and How to Prevent It?

Your septic system contains toxic and harmful waste. If the system fails, then you risk being exposed to bacteria, pathogens, and other microbes. Plus, the septic system is your responsibility. So...

Why Do Septic Systems Fail and How to Prevent It?

Nov 25

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Why Do Septic Systems Fail and How to Prevent It?

Your septic system contains toxic and harmful waste. If the system fails, then you risk being exposed to bacteria, pathogens, and other microbes. Plus, the septic system is your responsibility. So, you can be found legally liable for any damage to the environment caused by your septic system failure. Don’t worry though. Metro Septic Pumping, your local septic professional, is ready to help you in the case of a malfunction. But we advocate proactiveness and prevention before anything. This article will go over reasons why septic systems fail and how you can prevent a failure. Feel free to call Metro Septic Pumping if you have any questions or would like to hire a septic technician.

Invasive Tree Roots

Tree roots are responsible for absorbing water from the soil and delivering it to the rest of the tree. Trees that consume lots of water will aggressively seek water if you do not take care of the watering yourself. Roots will stretch out, even to your septic system, to get the necessary water. Your septic system should have been installed far away enough from large trees to prevent tree roots from reaching and penetrating the tank or pipes. If you intend to plant trees after the fact, then be sure to plant them far away from the septic tank.

Bacteria Killing Chemicals

Your septic tank breaks down solid waste into sludge to save valuable space in the tank. So, think about this “good bacteria” the next time you decide to use anti-bacterial soap or harsh chemical cleaners. Instead of threatening the beneficial bacteria with such chemicals, we suggest that you use natural cleaners and septic-friendly soaps. Plus, these products are generally good for the environment too.

Excess Water Usage

Your septic tank is limited in space and the drain field is vulnerable to flooding. Therefore, it is important that you use water responsibly. Stagger your showers and restroom usage when you have guests. Avoid using the washing machine and dishwasher at the same time and fill the machines and run minimum cycles rather than running them often. Also, consider installing water-efficient toilets and appliances.

Non-Degradable Material

You should always be careful with what you flush but this rule is especially important if you have a septic system installed. Do not flush anything other than toilet paper, pee, or poo. Nondegradable items can clog your drain line and your septic tank. In fact, we even advise against tossing scrap foods, greases, fats, and oils in the kitchen sink. Use the trash bin for those instead.

Pressure on the Drain Field

Avoid driving over or installing heavy structures on your drain field. This pressure can compact the drain field and ruin its function. The soil should be aerated so that wastewater can percolate through. Compacted soil will not allow that.

Overloaded Tank

You septic system is limited in volume and should be pumped regularly. Forgetting to pump your septic tank can put you at risk of sewage backups and leaks. Metro Septic Pumping is always ready to schedule your septic pumping appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch.
 

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