The Primary Roots of Septic Tank Problems

Septic tank problems can be very uncomfortable. Having a well-designed septic tank won’t be enough. As a responsible homeowner, you also need to consider its proper maintenance for you to have a fully functional septic system and avoid major problems from occurring.

When looking after the proper maintenance of your septic system, you need to have a full understanding of the problems that can develop in your septic system. The first thing you will need to be aware of is how septic tank problems begin.

Over time, the build-up of sludge and the floating scum will reduce the effective capacity of the tank. This makes waste flow through untreated. Solids will eventually clog the pipes in the drain field.

When there is a heavy usage of water, the solids are introduced to the drain fields. Your drain field will then be filled with water, and all the untreated effluent may surface on the ground or back-up to your drains.

The signs and symptoms of septic tank problems often go unnoticed until they become visible usually on your house drains or your drain field.

We have compiled here a summary of the primary roots of septic tank problems so you and your family can avoid the unpleasant experience of a failing septic tank.

 Detergents

There can be large concentration of phosphates in powdered soaps. Phosphates act as a fertilizer for algae. Excessive algae growth can block pipes.

 Non-Biodegradable Wastes

Avoid putting anything into your septic system aside from human waste. Non- biodegradable wastes can be worse than algae. They block the distribution pipes and may cause a complete clogging to your septic system.

 Harsh Chemicals

These toxic chemicals may destabilize the bacteria which digest the wastes inside your septic tank.

 Excessive Use of Water

Too much water in your septic tank makes solid waste to not decompose properly.

 Not Pumping the Tank Regularly

It’s normal for a septic tank to have a layers of sludge and solids at the bottom.

When these layers build up, wastes can plug up the ground or back-up on your house drains.

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