Septic Tank Problems

Top Five Reasons for Septic Failure

What are the top Reasons for Septic Problems?

  • There are five major reasons for a septic system to fail. Each cause can affect the others and does not stand isolated as a standalone reason for failure. It is important to understand each septic tank problem and implement measures for each to ensure a clean and properly functioning system.

    Many septic tank cleaners contain harsh chemicals that kill all good bacteria and cause further problems. The use of an all-natural and “septic safe” treatment that increases the digestions of sludge is the best and easiest way to restore and maintain any septic system. Hycura Sp – Septic Tank Treatment can not only liquefy built up sludge and restore septic tanks to normal operating capacity but can control odor, and properly treat the wastewater by removing pathogens and contaminants within municipal environmentally safe standards.

     Toxic Chemicals & Household Cleaners

    Do not empty an unnecessary amount of household cleaners such as, laundry detergent, bleach cleansing powder, disinfectant and even chlorine water or any other chemicals into your septic tank. Most of these chemicals are antibacterial which will kill the naturally occurring bacteria that digest the organic material in the wastewater.

    The amount of bacteria within the tank varies and improves quickly if small quantities of household cleaners are recycled. Over time, unnecessary amounts of these cleaners can abolish all levels of bacteria inside the septic tank system. Try to avoid household cleaners that have “Cautionary” on their labels, all these cleaners are temperately dangerous.

    If the cleaner has “Danger” or “Poison” on its tag, then they are termed as highly hazardous and should not be used. You should remember that “Caution” means the cleaner is slightly dangerous to your septic tank. “Septic-Safe” and “non-toxic” means the chemicals are safe for your septic tank, in which case simply follow the instructions on the label and only use the suggested quantity of cleaner noted on the tag.

     Haphazard Waste Disposal

    Disposal of inorganic materials such as latex plastics, hygiene products, condoms, metals, sand, products, rubber gloves, or soil into your system can cause build up and blockage, as the microorganisms and bacteria are incapable of digesting these materials.
    Excessive Water Use.
    Your septic system is not designed to hold big quantities of hot water from hot tubs or spas. Therefore, emptying hot tub or spa water into your system will mix the solids in the tank and push them out into the drain-field causing it to clog and fail. It is important to gradually rotate water through large home appliances like hot water tanks, hot tubs or spas. If the sum of wastewater entering the system is above what the system can handle, then the wastewater backs up into the house either through drains or toilet. Monitor your usage and understand your system’s capacity to help reduce the risk of clogs and septic failure.

    Improper Design or Installation

    Improper design can range from the size of the tank to the improper planning of the Topography and location of the system. Moreover, some soils provide excellent wastewater treatment while others fail to do so. For this reason, the design and model of the drain-field of a septic system is created with soil analysis kept in mind. Homeowners and system designers sometimes undervalue the worth of good soils or believe soils can grip any volume of wastewater practical to them. Therefore, several failures can be traced to having an underdeveloped drain-field or high periodic groundwater table. Each septic tank system needs to be installed by professionals with the proper qualifications to insure proper installation.

    Household Appliances

    The collective of household appliance are one of the biggest troublemakers when it comes to septic system failure. The good news is there are things you can do to avoid any failure from happening. The most common household appliance that causes a failed septic system is the washing machine. They produce a lot of lint, which can end up blocking your drain field. You may think your lint trap is doing most of the work when it comes to trapping lint but in fact your lint trap only catches about 5% of lint.
    Lint particles are very tiny in size. In fact they are so tiny they are capable of passing right through the septic tank and settle in the drain field where they ultimately end up clogging the soil. When lint becomes trapped in the drain field it’s practically impossible to eliminate and can end up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs.
    By using an inline filter you can decrease the amount of water you use and stop septic system failure. The best thing you can do to conserve water is waiting until you have a full load to run the washer.
    Another appliance that contributes to septic failures is a dishwasher, with its bacteria killing detergents and excessive use of water. Due attention and proper use of the dishwasher is needed to decease the chances of septic failure.

    Sludge Buildup

    Lastly undigested and unconstrained sludge is the worst and most common cause for septic failure. Sludge buildup may have built up to the point where wastewater is left to run without adequate time in the tank for the handling and settling of particles. As sludge leaves the septic tank and enters the pipes of the drainage field it clogs and blocks all other sewage and causes a system wide failure. Because of the length of time it takes to completely digest sludge, most systems will have problems with sludge build up if they do not use Hycura Sp – Septic Tank Treatment that enhances the needed, naturally occurring bacteria and speeds up the process of liquefaction.

    What can be done?

    Therefore, isn’t it reasonable to assume that with the above causes and issues we are producing “hard” soaps in our collection system, by combining animal and vegetable fats with cleaners caustic in nature. These “soaps” become a “catch-all” for organic waste products, and inorganic materials, such as sand, grit, hair, etc. When hardened, all this reduces the orifice of the line, therefore, reducing the designed hydraulic capacity of the line, which in turn reduces the capacity for flow off of sewage wastes.

    Hycura works on a completely reverse principle. Hycura is used to neutralize all these inhibiting factors and liquefy the organic sewage wastes to micronutrients to build up a strong culture of bacteria while maintaining a high digestion level in the collection system. This removes all of the suspended solids in the effluent going into the leach field or cesspool. So it follows, that when Hycura reduces the organic sewage waste to micro-nutrients there is no natural function that can re-coagulate them into another organic substance. Only through the cell building structure of an animal or vegetable body can this be accomplished.

    The Hycura process then releases all the inorganic materials that have been entrapped, causing them to flush readily out of the effluent, therefore renewing the designed capacity of the collection system.

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