Often, homeowners fail to recognize the signs of a failing septic system that can, when ignored, lead to costly repairs such as a drainfield replacement. Many homes, especially in rural parts of the country, utilize a private septic system to treat and dispose of household wastes. The post below will cover the most common signs that can indicate a problem within your septic system and adjoining drain or leach field.
The symptoms associated with a failing septic tank system and drainfield are numerous.
- Outside sewage odors, specifically those near the septic tank and drainfield
- Standing water or wet spots above the septic tank or drainfield
- Slow draining household drains such as sinks and tubs
- Sluggish or slow flushing toilets
- Household drain and toilet backups
Many reasons can cause septic problems and lead to drainfield replacement.
- Failure to pump or clean the septic tank regularly
- A lack of oxygen in the septic tank due to capping from excessive grease
- Broken or collapsed drainfield piping
- Soil compaction from cars or heavy equipment
- Tree roots breaching the drainfield and applicable piping
Potential Damage when Ignored
Neglecting your septic system or failure to address known problems can cause significant damage to your home and budget. Aside from costly drainfield replacement, you could experience water damage to flooring, walls, cabinets, furniture and woodwork from overflowing or backing up toilets, tubs and sinks. You could also face an expensive battle with mold and mildew mediation should toxic sewage enter your home.
Steps to Take
- Keep your eyes peeled for the visible signs mentioned above. If you suspect a problem, do not hesitate. Contact your plumbing contractor immediately.
- Avoid using garbage disposals that can introduce solid materials into your septic system.
- Never pour grease or other foodstuffs down the drain.
- Toilets are not garbage disposals. Aside from bathroom tissue and water, if it does not come out of your body, do not flush it down the commode.
- Limit the amount of water that enters your septic system. Large amounts of water— excessive laundry washing — entering the system can offset the balance of waste eating microbes in your septic tank.
- Install energy efficient appliances that conserve water usage.
- Limit the use of harsh, household cleaners such as bleach and ammonia.
- Schedule regular, cleaning/pumping for your septic system. While the time between pumping is debatable and depends on the number of household occupants, on average you should have your system pumped every 2 to 3 years.
- Have your septic system inspected annually. Septic inspections can prevent costly drainfield replacement by discovering potential problems before they can cause significant damage.
For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.