While septic systems aren’t exactly the flashiest part of a home, they’re pretty important. Every time you turn on a faucet, flush your toilet or do laundry your septic system is working for you.
Ensuring that it carries water and its waste out of your home is crucial.
A well-maintained and constructed septic system will better withstand the stresses of everyday usage, heavy rains or flooding.
Regular inspection can guarantee that your septic system is properly functioning and will save you the headache of dealing with a backup or overflow into your yard.
Some signs that your septic system is functioning poorly include:
- Slowly draining sinks
- Toilets drain slowly
- Floor drains overflow
- Sewage becomes visible outside the home
We’re going to go through a few common issues and enemies to septic systems. You can keep an eye out for these to maintain a smooth running septic system and your home problem-free.
1. Excess Water
Inefficient water usage can lead to a septic tank holding more water than intended, which can lead to a number of nasty problems. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy ways to combat this issue.
- Keep laundry to 1-2 loads per day.
- Low flow shower heads or shorter showers.
- Dual flush toilets.
Implementing these changes in your home can help fight excess water in your septic tank.
2. Too Much Detergent
Using too much detergent can actually encourage algae growth in your distribution pipes, causing a blockage, as the phosphates from detergents act as a fertilizer. If you overuse products, then you can’t ensure your machine will properly dilute or wash away all of the residues.
- Avoid powdered detergent.
- Install a lint filter in your washer’s drainage line and clean regularly!
3. Vehicle Damage
If you live in the country and repeatedly park your car in the yard or have guests coming in and out, take note that repeated pressure on top of septic tanks can cause real damage.
Farm vehicles and large trucks are the perfect size to cause a collapsed septic tank.
4. Flushing the Wrong Products
Putting non-biodegradable products in your tank is a big no-no. They won’t go away naturally and will take up space in your tank, raising liquid levels.
Flushing things like paper towels, feminine hygiene products, or even cigarette butts can do some serious damage.
You should also keep kitchen waste out of the system, including greases or oils.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Trees
While trees and shrubs add aesthetic value to your property, be aware that their roots can actually grow through septic tank walls.
This can lead to some seriously unwanted issues and prevent the system from functioning properly.
There are a few preventative measures you can take to avoid a tree root problem, such as monitoring the type of tree you choose to plant on your property.
Willow, Poplar, and Birch sprout roots quickly and therefore may not be a great choice.
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Knowing the location of your septic tank as well as the inlet and discharge pipes are also important steps in preventing the root damage.
Experts recommend getting an inspection every 2-3 years, less if you have a large household.
If you’re moving into a new place or concerned about your current septic system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!
Schedule an inspection with us, and we’ll see you within 48 hours!