If your home uses a septic system to deal with its waste, you may find that you forget that you even have one, leading you to go on with life as usual. However, there are some things that you may routinely do in your home that could cause problems. Below are a couple of mistakes that you should avoid that could interfere with your septic system's ability to function properly.
1. Overloading Your System with Wastewater
Inside of the septic system, there exists a delicate, balanced ecosystem that helps to remove excess water while allowing for the decomposition of solid waste materials by bacteria. If this balance is disrupted, however, you could be faced with an overflowing or clogged up tank.
One of the things that you may be doing that could cause this scenario is overloading your system with wastewater. If you tend to do all of your laundry on the same day while also running the dishwasher or if everyone takes showers or baths back-to-back, a tremendous amount of water rushes into the system.
The solid waste is then disturbed from its place on the bottom of the tank, and the drainfield has difficulty siphoning out the water. This could lead to flooding of the drainfield or even water backing up through the main sewer pipe and into your home. To avoid this situation, try to even out activities at different hours and days.
2. Using Your Garbage Disposal Too Much
If you have a garbage disposal, it can become quite easy to simply put all food scraps down the drain as well as grease and oil. However, doing this on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your septic system.
There are some foods, such as vegetables and fruit, that do not break down easily inside of the septic tank. Even large chunks of meat can become a problem, as it only adds to the pile of solid waste and causes the tank to overfill more quickly.
Oil and grease, on the other hand, can interfere with bacterial growth inside of the tank as well as stop up the drainfield. Either of these situations can cause a serious backflow of the system into your house.
Avoiding some of the mistakes can help keep your septic tank from clogging up, requiring pumping more often, and interfering with the drainfield. If you have been making these mistakes or if it has been a while since you have had your tank pumped, contact a plumber who offers septic system services to have them inspect the system and take any necessary actions.Share
8 December 2019
Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.