What Can Go Wrong with your Septic System?
There are many things that can cause any part of your septic system to malfunction. The reason behind the failing system can be lack of regular maintenance, improper septic usage, poor design and installation, or dealing with an old system.
Here are different signs that may lead to major septic problems:
- Sewage Back flow — This can lead to slow drainage on sinks, toilets, and bathtubs in your home.
- Surfacing wastewater on the ground. You can easily notice this whenever you smell sewage odor or see soggy areas, or standing water on the ground near your tank or drainfield.
- Bright green grass over the drainfield can indicate a problem with your system because this indicates that the wastewater is going upward instead of underground.
- Groundwater contamination: This is very hard to notice since the sewage might seem to be working as it should. It is important for people with wells to check the water quality regularly for nitrate, nitrite, or coliform bacteria to avoid consuming wastewater from a malfunctioning septic system.
What can cause septic system failure?
- Improper maintenance: Skipping maintenance appointments can cost you a lot of money when you have to repair or replace your system. Regular maintenance will help you find and fix different issues before they get worse.
- Clogged pipes can only mean that your system is not working properly. The fix could be as simple as unclogging few pipes, or this could mean the beginning of major issue that can lead to system replacement. Call an expert when you notice any issue before it’s too late.
- Improper design can bring trouble to your septic system. It is advised to call an experienced septic technician to install your septic system so that you can get the job done the first time.
- Poor system use can lead to different issues. This depends largely on your daily water consumption, toilet use, garbage disposal use, and other daily activities around the house.
- Time for your septic system to retire. Most septic systems are designed to last up to 30 years under the best conditions.
What to do?
Hire reputable septic system contractors to install and maintain your septic system. Finding the right septic company to work with will save you time, embarrassment, and money in a long run.