When you have a septic system on your property, you pay a little more attention to what you put down your drains. You know that something as seemingly minor as running your garbage disposal too often can cause issues, so you are careful about food scraps and other measures. If you are new to septic ownership, however, there are some common septic problems that you need to watch out for and, hopefully, prevent with some helpful tips.
- Clogged areas in the system. There are all kinds of ways to clog part of the system, so we will go over several of these septic problems here. When part of the septic system develops a clog, it will adversely affect the rest of the system. Like a backed-up lane on the highway, everything will screech to a halt until things are relieved and able to move forward again. Clogs can be caused by a myriad of different substances such as feminine products, “flushable” wipes (they aren’t really flushable), excessive food scraps, and even things like powdered detergents. To solve common clogging issues, use gel detergents in the washer and dishwasher, only flush waste and toilet paper, and compost or toss the food scraps.
- Too much water. When your septic tank fills with too much water quickly, it can force the solids that are trying to break down to the top, causing back-ups and other problems. Thankfully, this is an easy fix and solution: avoid a lot of water usage on one day. That means doing laundry over several days instead of only one and having the family space out shower timing.
At Brandon Septic, our owner, Sam, would love to tell you more about common septic problems and how you can resolve them right at home. Give us a call today for more information!