A malfunction in your septic system can trigger environmental contamination, prevent you from using your plumbing system, and even endanger your household's health. That is why it's important to take precautions to reduce the risk of septic malfunctions. Below are the top precautions that can help.
Maintain the System
The best way to prevent septic problems is to maintain the system. Below are some of the critical maintenance practices:
- Pump the tank regularly so that it doesn't get overwhelmed with solid wastes.
- Don't put artificial additives in the system, at least not without the consultation of a septic professional. At best, the additives won't help; at worst, they can kill the good bacteria in the tank and cause further problems.
- Don't compact the septic drain field; for example, by operating heavy machinery on it. The drain field needs to be permeable so that the wastewater can percolate into the soil.
- Keep trees away from the septic system; their roots might cause damage.
The above is not an exhaustive list of how to maintain a septic system. A septic technician can help you with the specific maintenance practices you need to observe.
Each septic system is designed to handle a specific volume of waste. The sizing usually considers different factors such as the soil conditions, the size of the household, and the local weather and climate, among other factors.
Forcing the septic system to handle more load than it was designed for is a recipe for disaster. The system won't treat the waste in time, the tank might overflow, your drains might backup, and untreated wastes might contaminate the environment. It helps to conserve water use and avoid flushing things down the toilet unnecessarily.
It helps to keep records if you don't want emergency problems with your septic system. You should keep records of repairs, inspections, and pumping schedules. That way you won't forget to pump the tank when it is due for pumping. You should also get a sketch of the septic system so that you can always pinpoint the location of the tank, drain field, pipes, and other things. That will help you to locate, diagnose, and fix problems as soon as they occur.
The above precautions can help, but they don't guarantee that there won't be any malfunction ever. Consult a technician as soon as you notice problems with your septic system. That way, the technician may be able to diagnose and fix the problem before it worsens.
For more information, contact a company like Jarrach Cesspools.