A septic system is considered to be “failing” when it fails to treat and distribute wastewater effectively and fails to prevent biological and nutrient contamination of your drinking water well and nearby lakes and streams. A septic system failure causes untreated sewage to be released and transported to where it shouldn’t be. Failure may cause sewage to rise to the surface of the ground around the tank or the drain field or to back up in pipes in the building. The sewage could also find its way into groundwater, surface water, or marine water without seeing it. The sewage carries pathogens and other dangerous contaminants. Exposure to these pathogens and contaminants can make people and animals sick. They can also contaminate water sources and make them unsafe for drinking, swimming, and agricultural uses.
As discussed in our prior blog, septic systems require routine maintenance for a healthy lifespan. It’s imperative to have your tank pumped every 2-3 years so you not only empty your tank but also a septic professional can keep you properly advised of issues you might have been unaware of.
As all homeowners realize, even with properly scheduled maintenance things can happen within your home. Here are some septic system warning signs.
Note- If you own a residential or commercial septic system and are experiencing any of the below please call Pro Rooter and Septic, a Central Valley plumbing and septic professional and immediately have your system checked out.
First of all, if you are a property owner with a septic system, take the time to understand your septic tank! As discussed in the previous blog, septic tank solid waste settles to the bottom and scum/sludge rises to the top. Excess liquid goes out to the drain field, either by gravity or with a septic pump. If your system has a filter (usually located in the outlet tee) learn how to quickly clean and care for it, if you have a pump system with an alarm, periodically test the alarm box to ensure its working. Bacteria breaks down the solids in the tank but they need to be pumped out every 2-3 years so buildup doesn’t occur so easily. Please consider regular use of enzyme treatments in your septic tank to replenish the natural bacteria within your tank, this with regular pumping will allow your tank a longer life span.
Septic systems are used commonly in geographic areas that lack connection to main sewage pipes, usually provided by local governments. Septic systems are found often in more rural areas, small towns, and suburbs not usually in cities or heavily condensed and populated areas. Read More