The Most Common Causes of Septic System Problems and Tips to Avoid Repairs

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If your home is one of the many that rely on a septic system to treat waste, bad habits will cause problems. When your septic system is not working properly, it can eventually cause problems that are very costly to repair. It is a good idea to practice good habits to reduce stress on your septic system that causes damage. Here are some tips to help you have better habits that will ensure your septic system does not have problems:

1. Reducing Water Consumption to Prevent Overburden

Excessive water is something that will cause your septic tank to become overburdened. When the tank becomes too full, solids will get into the drain line or even back up into your home. Consider solutions like grey water irrigation for appliances to reduce stress on the tank. If your tank has an overburden problem, contact a septic pumping service to solve the issue before it causes more damage.

2. Avoiding Chemicals That Cause Low Bacteria Levels

The bacteria in your septic tank are very important; they feed on waste and help it breakdown. When the bacteria levels get low, your tank will quickly become full of waste. To ensure bacteria levels are where they are supposed to be, avoid using harsh cleaning products and other chemicals in the plumbing for your home.

3. Keeping Hygiene Products Out of the Septic Tank

Hygiene products like wet-wipes, tampons, and perfumed soaps cause problems with septic systems. It is especially important to keep paper-type products that are not safe out of the septic tank. The hygienic soaps and liquids with perfumes often contain alcohol and other chemicals that cause bacteria levels to become low. Avoid flushing these products down the drain.

4. Scheduling Regular Pumping and Inspection Servicing

The maintenance of your septic system is also important. You want to make sure that your tank is pumped regularly to avoid problems from the solid waste backing up into other components of the system. In addition, when you have the tank pumped, talk with the septic pumping service about inspecting your system for potential problems and any repairs that may be needed. In general, you will need to have your septic tank pumped every few years if it is the right size tank for your home. There are some problems that may require more frequent pumping of the tank.

These are some tips that will help reduce problems with your septic system. Contact a septic service to help with maintenance, improvements, and repairs to your home's septic system. 

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14 March 2017

Exploring Septic System Maintenance and Repairs

Hello, my name is Jon. After buying my home, I was uncertain about how to maintain the septic system. I called a septic service company to come inspect the tank and lines to further discuss the required maintenance and repair needs of the system. After the inspection, the septic company informed me that the tank was full and needed to be pumped out. Worn components were in need of replacement as well. As a result of my diligence, I was able to avoid system failure and protect my septic system from damage. I hope to use this site to help others avoid a similar septic emergency. Thank you.