How Do Septic Tank Problems Affect the Environment

Septic systems appear to be fully functional for a very long time that most homeowners overlook that something wrong is going on. This can be a serious issue for us and the environment.

We all know how bad it can get when we have a failing septic system. But how does it impact our environment?

As responsible homeowners and stewards of nature, we all have a fair share of responsibility in keeping the environment in good shape. Being aware of the negative impacts of septic tank problems in the environment is the first step. After knowing how it impacts the environment, we need to know the measures or options we have in order to prevent such septic system failure and how to implement these.

A failing septic system causes sludge to build-up, reducing the capacity of the tank and preventing the proper treatment of wastewater before it enters the drain field.

Also, do take note that the sludge build-up can also be too high in volume that it enters the drain field would cause a complete system failure.

When this happens, large volumes of disease-causing bacteria and viruses accumulate in the ground. When rain pours, they all end up in our surface and groundwater facilities that lead to water pollution and problems to the health of the general public.

What can we do?

We need to be able to tell if our septic system is failing and we also need to be knowledgeable of the ways to prevent such system failure.

Basic Signs of a Failing Septic System

 Foul-smelling odors coming from the drain or toilet.

 Slow drainage or sewage backup in the drain or toilet.

 Greener grass in the drain field area even during the dry season.

 Growth of algae in small ponds near your home.

In order to prevent a septic system failure you need to invest time and effort in the proper maintenance of your septic system. Inspection and pumping should be done regularly. Apply natural treatments when necessary. Inform the whole family of the do’s and don’ts around the drain or toilet. These are some of the ways you can avoid problems in your septic tank and at the same time, our environment.