Septic Tank Problems and how to Prevent Them

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Most people don’t have a clue and are not ready to deal with septic tank problems when they occur. Sometimes when you notice the problem it may have gone too far and the cost to fix the issue at hand can be rather expensive. Septic systems need to be designed and maintained properly. When treated inappropriately, septic systems can turn your yard into a smelly mess. This article is going to present you with problems that might occur with your septic tank and how you can escape them.

Oils and greases take an extended period of time to digest in your septic tank. When used excessively and frequently, these substances, when disposed of down your drain can cause blockages to occur in the upper sedimentation tank and inlet pipes of your septic system. The aroma from this mess isn’t anything you want to smell on a daily basis. Instead of getting rid of oil and grease down your kitchen sink, think of other ways you can dispose of them. When you let the oils and greases that form from cooking sit a while you can see how they slowly solidify. Substances like this can easily be tossed in the trash can. Adding supplements to your septic system, concentrated with healthy bacteria, will destroy undigested waste buildup. Undigested waste can cause your lines to clog up and contribute to septic system failure.

Another thing that you are advised against doing is getting rid of items that will not biodegrade by flushing them down the toilet or washing them down the kitchen sink. Examples of these items are tampons and paper towels. This will eventually block your sewage lines and cause your soil to fail by not allowing the passage of liquids.

Another way you can prevent septic tank problems from occurring is to limit the amount of water entering your septic system. Limit the number of times you do laundry each week and try to wash only full loads. Another thing you can do to prevent excess water is to divert rain water in a direction opposite your drain field.

There is a product, referred to as an effluent filter that blocks the passage of large solid waste. A professional can install one of these filters in the exit baffle of your septic tank. The solid sewage will be blocked by this filter and not pass into your drain field area. These filters usually cost about $75 and are worth every penny because they will safeguard your septic system. Washing machine inline filters can also be installed and will prevent such things as lint from entering your septic system and clogging up your soil. These filters are attached to the discharge hose and block out other materials like nylon that will not degrade either.

Maintaining a healthy septic system is not that hard to do and it is also great for the environment.

By: Bradley Skierkowski