How To Prevent Septic Tank Overflows


An overflowing or leaking septic tank can be a huge issue for your home and garden, and can be both complicated and expensive to fix. Thankfully, there are a few different things that you can do to ensure that your septic tank is in good working condition and to address any minor issues that it may be experiencing before they turn into a full-on overflow.

Regular System Treatments

Septic tank system treatments are available at most hardware stores, and consist of bacteria that aid in the breakdown of physical waste in your septic tank. By adding these in every six months or so (consult with a professional if you are unsure – it will depend on the size of your tank and the amount of use that it sees), you can ensure that the waste within your tank is properly handled and you won't find yourself with an unexpected full tank.

Avoid Disposing of Certain Items

As an everyday measure, you should also pay close attention to what you pour down the drain and flush down the toilet. Non-biodegradable items like diapers, eggshells, grease, and chemicals can all cause issues within your septic tank that can hinder the breakdown of other waste, making an overflow much more likely.

Monitor and Trim Trees

You should also keep an eye on the trees that are near your septic tank, as their roots can find their way into the tank and cause damage to the pipes connecting your home to your septic tank. You may have to trim back or even cut down trees that grow too ambitiously in order to prevent them from damaging your tank.

Avoid Parking

While it may not be an obvious problem immediately, you should always avoid parking a vehicle on top of your septic tank, as the added weight can cause a whole host of structural issues that can grow worse over time. It's a good idea to mark the septic tank area off to prevent any guests from accidentally parking on top of it as well.

Yearly Inspections

Finally, the most important thing that you can do to keep your septic tank in good condition is to have a professional take a look at it at least once a year. This allows for any issues that you may not yet notice to come to light and be treated before they can cause you a headache later on. 

Contact a company, like River City Septic & Excavating, for more help.


3 December 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.