An overflowing septic tank can be a nightmare for most homeowners. Unfortunately, once your septic tank starts to overflow, calling a professional plumber is usually your only recourse. You can reduce the chances of septic tank problems with regular maintenance and knowing what not to flush into the septic system. By avoiding these common septic mistakes, you could save thousands in unnecessary septic tank repairs.
To Flush or Not to Flush
The most common practice leading to an overflowing septic tank is introducing materials that are detrimental to the septic system. Certain materials, when introduced into the septic system cause the microorganisms to die. The organisms are a key component to a septic system as they break down the solids flushed into the tank. Without them, your system will reach its capacity prematurely. The following list is just a sample of what should not go into the system:
- Feminine products
- Harsh household cleaners or chemicals
- Coffee grounds
- Dental floss
- Dryer sheets
- Paper towels
To avoid contaminating your septic system follow this common rule of thumb. If it did not go in your mouth, do not flush it into the septic tank.
Tree roots are a major problem for septic tank systems. The roots can wreak havoc on the systems drain field, causing expensive damage and leading to an overflowing septic tank. Keep trees and deep-rooted landscaping at least thirty feet from your septic system.
Never park cars on or near a septic tank and its adjoining drain field. The weight of the vehicles can compact the soil over and around the drain or leech field damaging the pipes and reducing drainage. Without adequate drainage, your system will overflow.
Schedule Regular Maintenance and Pumping
How regularly you should pump your septic tank varies between different plumbing contractors. The most common schedule is about every three years, but it really depends on a number of factors such as the number of people using it. Keep in mind that if your septic tank reaches its capacity, scum and solids will enter its drain field reducing or preventing proper drainage. This will lead to an overflowing septic tank and costly repairs.
Your septic system is a crucial part of your home’s plumbing system. When they fail not only do you have a stinky mess in your yard, but also in your home as your toilets will not flush. Maintaining your septic system properly can help to avoid this unfortunate circumstance.
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