Septic System Woes: 3 Common Issues And How To Prevent Them

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Many home have a septic tank, which is a large tank that is designed specifically hold human waste while it breaks down and can be distributed into the soil around the tank. Like most things, these tanks come with their share of problems. Here are three of the most common issues that you will face with a home's septic system:

Problem #1: Too Much Water in the Septic Tank

Believe it or not, it is possible to have too much water in your septic tank. This is caused by inefficient use of water in the home. When there's excess water in the tank, it means that solid waste is unable to break down before passing out of the tank, which causes blockage. In order to prevent this problem from occurring, you need to reduce your water usage. For example, replace your showerheads and faucets with low-flow fixtures and try not to do all of your laundry in one single day.

Problem #2: Flushing Items That Shouldn't Be Flushed

You have to remember that your septic tank is designed to handle toilet paper and human waste. It is not designed to handle other items that you may try to flush, such as diapers and tampons, as these things do not break down properly and can upset the overall balance between solids and liquids in the tank. Now, while "flush" usually refers to the toilet, the septic tank also catches things that go down your sink drain. Therefore, you should keep grease and oil out of your kitchen drain, as they both break down in a different way than human waste and will cause problems in a septic tank.

Problem #3: Putting Harsh, Toxic Chemicals into the Septic Tank

Just like the septic system is not designed to handle non-flushable items, it is also not designed to handle toxic chemicals like pesticides, paint thinners, brake fluid, and even harsh household cleaning products. Since liquid waste from the tank is distributed to the surrounding soil, these toxic chemicals can do a lot of damage to your landscape. In addition, inside of the septic tank, these chemicals can kill the "good" bacteria that are necessary to help break down the waste. Overall, these harsh chemicals are bad for the environment and should be avoided when it comes to your septic system.

All of the aforementioned issues are extremely common with septic tanks, especially if you don't take the adequate steps to maintain them or to prevent the problems from occurring. For example, a regular pumping can help ensure that your septic tank has sufficient capacity at all times. However, if you find that sewage is backing up into your home, it's time to call a septic tank repair professional for assistance. 

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