Your septic tank system helps remove water and solid waste from your home. Made up of a sewer line, septic tank, drain field, and surrounding soil, this simple system helps keep you and your family safe from harmful bacteria and toxic fumes.
Making sure your septic system runs efficiently means scheduling regular septic tank maintenance with a professional plumber.
Failure to maintain your septic system could result in a messy backup – right into your home. Here are four ways that septic systems can fail:
Septic Tank Damage
- A clogged sewer line, damage to the septic tank, or damage to the drainfield can all lead to septic tank failure.
- Thick toilet paper, thick paper towels, feminine hygiene products, facial cloths, and other objects can clog the sewer line (try to avoid flushing these items down the toilet).
- Tree roots can creep into the sewer line and prevent toilet paper and solid waste from passing through resulting in a clogged line. In addition, tree roots can puncture the sewer line and cause it to leak.
- Tree roots can also damage the septic tank. This is why it’s important to remove old trees and plants with far-reaching root systems from your yard, especially those close to your house or close to the septic tank.
- Regularly driving over the septic system drainfield with your car or a recreational vehicle can cause septic failure. The drainfield and surrounding soil help remove wastewater safely. Without it, water can become trapped in the septic tank and cause it to overflow.
Incorrect Septic Tank Installation
Proper septic system placement allows the system to run efficiently. Do you know if the company that installed your septic system did so correctly? If you purchased an older home, you probably don’t know who installed the septic system. And since you can’t see your septic system, you also have no idea what’s going on down there.
Installation mistakes include failure to bury the tank deep enough, installing the wrong-size tank, or using the wrong soil in the drainfield – all of these mistakes can lead to septic tank failure. Regular maintenance helps prevent backups and allows you to know exactly what’s going on with your septic system.
Increased Water Use
Your septic tank can only hold so much water before it overflows. If a large number of people rely on the septic system, your septic tank may fail. If you have a large family or expect many long-term guests, or you host parties on a regular basis, you should have your tank inspected to make sure it’s the right size. If not, you may need to upgrade to a larger tank.
On-again, Off-again Maintenance
We provide both residential and commercial plumbing services to Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Scheduling regular septic system maintenance allows us to catch small problems before they turn into large issues.
We’re open 7 days a week, and we provide emergency services. Ideally, you should have your septic tank pumped every three to five years.