Signs that Your Septic System has Problems
In rural areas or for houses with large property lots which is not practical for public sewage, the waste water treatment systems used are septic systems. Waste and waste water are then stored in a septic tank where they sit and are broken down. When the waste is separated, the solids stay in the holding tank so that bacteria can break it down and decompose it. The waste water then goes out from the tank and passes through drain fields and then out back to the ground where is then undergoes that same natural water cycle.
Because septic tanks are designed to be underground, we have no way of knowing what is happening inside. You can tell that there is something wrong with the septic tank if you experience sewage back ups. If your toilets and drainage are draining very slowly, then this is another sign of septic system failure. Backed up or clogged lines going to the septic tank, and odor are some other signs that you will experience. When there is surface water over the drain fields, then this means that the lines going from your septic tank to the drain fields are obstructed. It is possible that after experiencing these since, they might just simply disappear. But these signs tell you something that you should not ignore. This should make you wonder why and try to find out what is wrong.
If you don’t do septic tank maintenance, then you will just wake up one day when you whole system has failed. Failure in your septic system is a threat to the health of your family and your neighbors. All the waste materials goes to the environment and compromises it. Waste and wastewater can pollute our clean bodies of water like lakes, streams, and groundwater. Failure of your septic tanks can bring about very expensive repairs.
Once you see these warning signs, then you should immediately have your septic tank cleaned. It is not advisable to have your septic tank pumped since it is also very expensive. If you have failed in the past to maintain your septic tanks, you can still do something now to treat your tanks so that your current issues can be reversed and future problems stopped.
Maintaining your septic tanks means maintaining the bacteria in them since bacteria is needed to break down the solid waste in the tank. Putting a high volume of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in your septic tank can help replace dead and damaged bacteria immediately. A special treatment product containing thousands of new bacteria and enzymes used down drains or flushed will assist in cleaning out the waste in the lines. It will reduce the odor and the surface water quickly.
IF you want to avoid septic system problems or failure, you need to do regular septic maintenance.