Little Known Habits That Damage Septic Systems

septic system designMost people don’t give their septic tank a second thought when all is working smoothly in and around the house. When sinks begin to back up, showers and tubs begin to drain slowly and toilets have trouble taking down waste – panic can set in.

A septic system is an essential piece of the healthy structure of your home. Unfortunately a few simple oversights can cause serious damage to the system, which may require extensive and expensive repairs.

Issues at the Drainfield

Depending on the size of your home, the size of your septic tank and the amount of water you use, your drainfield can take up a fairly large piece of your property. It might seem natural to try and divert other water (from gutters, downspouts and underground drains) onto the drainfield, but this is never a good idea.

Your drainfield can’t be flooded if you want it to function properly. Adding water from other drains prevents liquid waste from being absorbed properly.

page-forrest3Trying to make the drainfield more attractive by planting trees, bushes and shrubs on it is also a bad idea. Trees should be kept as far away from the septic system as possible (a minimum of 100 feet) and other forms of landscaping can create drainage issues when roots grow too deep down.

Issues in the Home

Most people know not to overload the toilet with unnecessary items like tampons, sanitary liners and other forms of waste that won’t break down – but they overlook this precaution with other drains. If you want to minimize problems in your septic system you should avoid disposing of grease down drains and avoid using heavy-duty cleaners.

Pouring grease down the drain can inhibit the drainfield from absorbing the liquid waste. Too much grease through the system will ultimately require the drainfield to be replaced, which is time consuming, labor intensive and expensive.

Regularly using heavy-duty cleaners in tubs, sinks, toilets and laundry systems can kill the bacteria in the septic system that’s necessary for breaking down waste. Using these chemicals could eventually lead to the need for a complete septic system replacement.

If you are experiencing any issues with your septic system, you should schedule an inspection by a Snohomish Septic System specialist. Our septic system pros have been serving Snohomish County for over five decades and are well versed in all phases of septic system repair and replacement. Call Snohomish Septic Service at (360) 310-4430 today for a FREE estimate.

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