Septic Mistakes Homeowners Often Make


Avoiding major septic problems can require a homeowner to have an active and informed role when it comes to caring for this part of their home's plumbing system. However, there are many homeowners that will find themselves making mistakes that could greatly increase the risk of their septic system suffering major problems.

Not Appreciating The Need To Pump The Septic Tank Every Few Years

Hiring a professional septic service to pump the septic tank every few years can be a simple step that will greatly reduce the risk of clogs forming in the system. Despite being very efficient at breaking down the solid waste, a septic system will not be able to fully break down all of the solid material that enters it. Pumping the septic tank at regular intervals is necessary for removing these materials before they are able to clog the septic tank itself, the drainfield, or other important components.

Putting Too Much Debris Down Garbage Disposals

A garbage disposal can make it much easier to clean the dishes when you are done with them. However, putting excessive amounts of solid waste down the garbage disposal is a mistake that can dramatically increase the amount of solid waste that is entering the septic system. While the garbage disposal may be suitable for handling remnants of food that may have been left on the plates, it is still advisable to scrape the plats as clean as possible before washing them. While this may slightly increase the amount of effort that you have to exert to clean the dishes, it can minimize the chance of encountering significant septic problems in the future.

Using Excessive Additives With Their Septic System

Septic additives are a common tool for individuals to improve the performance of their septic system. Unfortunately, individuals that use excessive amounts of septic additives can actually cause problems for their system. An example of this type of problem could be the population of the bacteria in the septic tank decreasing due to the system being thrown out of balance. Furthermore, it is important to appreciate that septic additives will not correct problems that have already started to develop with the system. For example, the use of additives will not be able to correct clogs that have already formed in the system. Rather, they may only marginally increase the ability of the bacteria in the septic tank to break down the materials that are entering it. Following the directions when using these additives and allowing enough time between applications of them can be basic options for getting the best results from these substances.


12 April 2022

Fast Facts and Deep Insights: Septic Edition

As you read the articles on this website, you will notice two things. First, they are all about septic services in some ways. Second, some go deep — and others are full of more surface-level facts. This is kind of like your septic system itself! The tank is buried deep, but the drain field is more superficial. You don't have to be an expert on septic systems, but as someone who owns one, you should at least know how to tell when something is wrong with yours so you can call for service. You'll get that level of understanding from this blog — and probably more!