Keeping the Septic System Healthy – Avoid Septic Tank Problems

Avoid Septic Tank Problems

Septic tank problems can be among the most unpleasant experiences possible for a homeowner. Commonly, when the septic system fails, it results in a backup of sewage into the home. This most often occurs at the lowest level of the home, such as a basement floor drain, but can cause overflowing toilets and other nasty problems.

The home septic system is designed to breakdown human waste and household wastewater. Some septic tank problems occur when items the systems are not designed to handle are introduced.

Do not flush any item that is not biodegradable such as female sanitary products. These items do not breakdown and pose a threat to clogging the system.

Never flush any oil based items such as paints or solvents. The oils will not breakdown and contribute to the scum on the top of the septic tank than can cause problems. Food should not be flushed for the same reasons. Start a compost pile and turn the food refuse into fertilizer for the garden instead.

Septic tank problems can also be avoided by aiding the breakdown of the waste in the sewage. The solids in the waste decompose through bacterial action. In this case, bacteria are our friends and serve a necessary function in a healthy septic tank system.

Bacteria, like most living organisms, requires oxygen to live and thrive. Increasing the air flow through the septic tank provides the best possible environment for the bacteria to multiply, feast on the waste and keep the system operating with a minimum of problems.

Adding an aeration system to the septic tank aids in providing oxygen to the bacteria. These systems utilize air pumps to introduce a steady flow of oxygen to the waste. The aeration systems can be added during the initial construction of the system or as an upgrade. In either case, better air flows through the septic tank system helps eliminate problems.

Even the best maintained septic system needs to be pumped at least once a year. This removes any solids that do not decompose as well as the scum that forms at the top of the tank. If these materials move into the leach or drain field they can plug the holes in the drain tile rendering the system unusable.

Septic tank problems are expensive and messy. Raw sewage backup into a home often requires professional cleaners with the capability to sanitize all surfaces. Replacing a septic tank or drain field requires excavating the yard with heavy equipment which is expensive and disrupts the landscape. Preventing problems by eliminating harmful products from the septic system and adding an aeration system can prevent those problems and costs. Installing a Septic System Saver® aeration kit will resolve your septic problems

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