Signs that Your Septic System has Problems
Septic systems for waste water treatment are mostly used in rural areas or for homes that cannot use public sewage due to their large property lots. 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. Then the liquid waste water passes from the tank to a series of drain fields and this clean water gets absorbed into the ground that become part of the water cycle of nature.
Septic tanks are underground where we cannot see what is going on. Experiencing sewage back-ups is one sure sign that there is something wrong in your septic tank. Another sign is the slow draining of your toilets and drains. If there is backed up lines, clogged lines or odor coming from your septic tank, then this means that there is something wrong with it. If you notice surface water on the drain fields, then this is a sign of clogging somewhere from the septic tank to the drain fields. Somestime, these issues might just go away of their own. But these signs tell you something that you should not ignore. You should be greatly concerned about this.
If you avoid or neglect septic tank maintenance, the system can fail. Septic system failure is a threat to your family’s and your neighbors’ health. All the waste materials goes to the environment and compromises it. Pollutions will spread to bodies of water like streams, lakes and groundwater. The repairs for septic tanks are very expensive.
Once you see these warning signs, then you should immediately have your septic tank cleaned. It will be very expensive to pump out septic tanks and this is not the best way to clean it. If you have not maintained your septic tanks, then you don’t have to worry as long as you being to treat them now so that the problems can be reverse and future problems can be prevented.
Maintaining your septic tanks means maintaining the bacteria in them since bacteria is needed to break down the solid waste in the tank. If you flush your septic tank with a high count of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, it will immediately replace dead and damaged bacteria in your tank. if you want to clean out the waste in your clogged lines, then you should use special treatment products that contain thousands of new bacteria and enzymes that you can pour on your drains or flushed. 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.