Oftentimes, we encounter similar problems again and again. Here is our definitive list of the five most common septic tank problems.
Household Cleaners – When homeowners empty products like disinfectant, bleach, chlorine or laundry detergent into their septic tank they are unwittingly destroying the bacterial balance within. What all of these cleaners have in common is their antibacterial properties. When they go in the tank, they kill the bacteria that would normally digest the organic materials within the wastewater.
Poor Design or Installation – When a septic tank isn’t the right size or is installed in an improperly designed drain field with poor soil, it will not operate as efficiently. Make sure to have a professional install your septic tank to ensure that its location, surrounding topography, and dimensions are all up to code.
Reckless Waste Disposal – Since the bacteria and microorganisms inside a septic tank are not designed to eat inorganic material, they can’t process hygiene products, latex, sand, rubber, soil and metals which means that your tank will get backed up and eventually stop working.
Household Appliances – Certain appliances, specifically washing machines, are known to produce a lot of lint and wreak havoc on your septic tank. As it turns out, lint traps only capture about 5% of lint particles, leaving the rest to enter your septic tank, end up in the drain field, clog up the soil and create the need for costly repairs.
Backed-up Sludge – One of the most common culprits when it comes to septic failure is sludge buildup. When sludge leaves the tank and ends up in the drainage field pipes, it causes further clogging which can eventually lead to a system wide failure.
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