If your home has a septic tank, do you know where it is located? You may be driving over it or parking on it without even knowing, which can cause myriad problems, not the least of which are costly potentially smelly problems with your septic system and plumbing. Here are three reasons to avoid driving over or parking on your septic tank.
You Could Trigger a Surprise Collapse
Most homeowners don't think about the risk of damage to their septic system because it tends to be out of sight and out of mind. However, that mindset could be potentially disastrous. Too much weight atop a septic tank can cause a major collapse and do serious damage. There's a reason septic systems aren't in the driveway. Septic tanks need to be underneath a soft area of land that won't be at risk of experiencing traffic. If possible, flag the area where your septic tank is buried. That way you can be sure you drive around it and never park on top of it.
Wet Conditions Can Be Treacherous
Parking or driving over a septic tank is never a good idea, but it's even riskier in wet conditions. When the ground soaks up abundant moisture, a large amount of weight (like that of a vehicle) atop the movable soil can cause a shift in the ground. The result? Serious damage to your septic tank, as well as an increased threat of poor distribution and even a potential rupture. Always take extra caution around your outdoor plumbing when the ground is wet, as it's more vulnerable to damage during this time.
Even Light Vehicles Could Damage the Tank
You might think that only Hummers or heavy trucks can cause damage, but that's not the case. A lightweight vehicle such as a Mini Cooper can do plenty of damage. Even golf carts and ATVs can cause undue stress and lead to costly repairs for your septic system.
If you have questions about your septic tank or you're wondering what steps homeowners can take to properly care for a septic system, contact with The Pink Plumber today. With years of experience in parts of Florida, Georgia and Texas, we're your one-stop destination for all questions about plumbing.