Septic System Understanding And Damage Prevention Tips

Septic systems are simple and work based upon their use of gravity, absorption, and biology. By understanding and controlling how these three aspects of your septic system work in tandem with each other, you can proactively prevent damage to your home's septic system. System damage is both expensive for you to have repaired and could require that you are unable to use the septic system for an extended period of time while you wait for repairs to be completed.

To keep your home's septic system flowing well, take the time to understand how your system works and follow these damage prevention tips:

Slope and Gravitational Problems

Plumbing and septic systems always use downward slopes and gravity to easily move waste water from one place to another. This means that any changes to the slope of your septic system will cause problems with waste water processing. Some common slope problems are caused by ground movement and tree roots pushing drain pipes out of alignment. To check for these problems, your plumber will place a camera down into the septic system and follow its components looking for uplifted areas that are causing lack of water flow.

Water and Absorption Problems

Your septic system requires water to help move biodigested solids onto the leach field and water out through the leach lines in a regular schedule. However, too much water will flood the septic system and cause problems with too many solids passing through the system prematurely. The solids will stick inside of drain pipes and tank outlets and will damage the leach field. When this happens, you will start to notice a pond of water sitting on your leach field's area because the water is being prevented from properly absorbing. You can actively avoid this problem by limiting the time you spend in the shower, limiting the number of loads of laundry you do each day, and not using a dishwasher.

Biodigesters and Biology Problems

Finally, the waste products in your home's septic tank are processed by biodigesting bacteria from your waste products. By keeping non-digested foods, coffee grounds, bleach, household cleaners, and egg shells out of your septic tank, you can promote the growth of healthy bacteria and limit problems with their biodigesting function. It is not necessary to put special additives into the septic tank for it to work properly, but you do need to prevent the introduction of harmful substances.

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