Septic System Mistakes To Avoid

What You Should Know About Septic Tank Systems

by Melinda Crawford

A septic tank is able to process large amounts of wastewater. This can make these systems essential for residential and commercial properties that are unable to connect to local sewer grids. Caring for a septic tank will be more complicated than many people may expect, which can lead to them being ill-prepared when issues with the septic tank arise.

Is It Necessary To Replace A Septic Tank That Becomes Clogged?

Clogs are common septic tank problems, and while they can cause the entire system to come to a halt, homeowners are often unaware of the repairs that a clogged septic tank will require. In particular, homeowners may assume that the entire septic tank system will need to be replaced. However, this is typically not the case as it can be possible for clogs in the septic tank to be removed with a special design drain snake or other tools. If the clog is in the drain field, it may require the clogged section of the pipe to be replaced, but it will be unlikely to require the entire drain field to be replaced.

Can A Septic Tank Impact The Health Of The Plants On Your Property?

Homeowners that looking to add a septic tank to their property or that have recently purchased a home with one of these systems may be concerned about whether or not the tank will impact the health of your plants. A properly functioning septic tank system should have no impact on the health of the plants in the vicinity. Malfunctioning septic tanks can have impacts on the health of your plants in the form of accelerating the growth of these plants due to nutrient-rich wastewater leaking out of the tank. Unfortunately, this can also lead to health problems for the plants as the excessive moisture from the leak can harm the roots of the plants.

Are There Steps For Limiting The Need To Have The Septic Tank Pumped?

Having the septic tank pump will be the most routine form of maintenance that is needed. Most septic tanks will be able to go for years without needing to be pumped. However, those that have large households may need to have pumpings done more frequently. You can help to reduce the frequency of these pumpings by limiting your use of the garbage disposal and avoiding putting inorganic materials down the drains. Depending on the number of people in your household, upgrading to a larger septic tank may also be advisable, but an experienced professional from a company like Mountain Valley Pumping will need to examine your current system to determine whether this is necessary.