A septic system is one of the most important components in your home. It collects wastewater that goes down all of the drains, showers, toilets, and anything else that requires water drainage. However, though it is such an important feature of a home, all too often, it is overlooked; that is until an emergency – such as an overflow – strikes.
When problems with a septic system arise, you could be looking at very costly repairs, a major inconvenience, and to be frank, an utterly disgusting mess.
Even the highest quality septic systems that have been laid by an exemplary cesspool installer can overflow. While they can withstand a great deal, they need to be properly cared for in order to avoid problems. How do you prevent septic system issues from happening? Here’s a look at some valuable advice to keep in mind.
Make Maintenance a Priority
One of the main reasons why septic systems overflow or their components become damaged is because they aren’t properly maintained.
Septic systems have a capacity; that is, they can only accommodate a specific amount of waste. This amount varies from system to system, but no matter the size, once it’s near or reaches capacity, a backup is inevitable. Moreover, pipes can easily become clogged, especially when non-biodegradable materials are flushed down drains and toilets. Clogs also increase the risk of backup.
Routine maintenance includes pumping, cleaning and assessing a septic tank and all of its components. During the process, excess wastewater is removed, as is any solid waste that has accumulated on the bottom and sides of the tank. Once pumped and cleaned, a professional will examine the entire system to make sure that everything is operating properly. Should an issue be spotted, it will be repaired, which will prevent malfunctioning and backups in the future.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures
As mentioned, a septic tank can only hold so much waste. If it is inundated with more water and waste than it can handle, there’s a very real possibility that it will overflow.
To avoid putting your septic tank under unnecessary strain, install low-flow fixtures wherever possible. Examples of low-flow fixtures include toilets, faucets, showerheads, dishwashers, and even washing machines. As the name suggests, these fixtures are slow the flow of water. This means that your septic system won’t be inundated with water and the risk of overflow will be reduced. Other benefits of low-flow fixtures include: they save money; they conserve energy, and they are better for the environment. And, some communities even offer incentives for switching to low-flow fixtures and appliances.
Fix Any Leaks
Leaky faucets and running toilets are more than just a nuisance; they can make a septic system overflow. The reason: the septic system is exposed to a constant stream of water. Over time, this water can exceed the capacity of the tank, causing an overflow.
If you have any leaking faucets or running toilets in your house, make sure you have them repaired or replaced as soon as you possibly can. The longer the water drips or runs, the greater the chances of a backup.
Keep Water Runoff Away
Any water runoff from rain or melting snow should be directed away from the septic system. If the water drains into the drain field or directly into the septic tank itself, the tank could become overwhelmed with water. All it takes is one heavy rainstorm or a major snow melt to cause a backup.
Assess your property and all drainage, such as gutters, and ensure that they are directed away from your septic tank.
Keep Heavy Objects Away
Septic systems are tough; however, they aren’t designed to support a tremendous amount of weight. Avoid putting anything heavy on top of the system. Don’t drive or park vehicles over it, install a walkway or patio over it, or build any structure on top of your septic system. Doing so could cause severe damage, such as cracks in the pipes or in the walls of the tank itself. In the worst case scenario, the septic tank could end up collapsing.
Keep the Cover Unobstructed
The cover of the septic tank must be clear to allow for service. Should the cover be obstructed, accessing and even locating the tank will be difficult. Moreover, placing anything on top of the cover could end up damaging it, as well as the tank. Keep the cover clear of grass, landscaping materials, decorative items, etc. Make sure that it is clear and visible at all times.
Remove Surrounding Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs enliven a landscape, but their roots can wreak havoc on a septic system. Roots continuously grow, and as they do, they can infiltrate pipes and the walls of the tank, causing cracks and clogs that will not only result in a backup, but could cause such extensive damage that the entire system will have to be replaced.
By following these tips, you can ensure your septic system stays in great condition and avoid costly problems, such as backups or damage to the tank and system.
Residents of the Lloyd Harbor area have been relying on Long Island Cesspool for all of their septic tank and cesspool installation and maintenance needs. We are a reputable cesspool installer and will ensure that all of your sewage needs are handled quickly, efficiently, and affordably. Our company can easily access all locations within the town, including residences that are situated near Caumsett State Park and Lloyd Neck Beach via Lloyd Harbor Road and all other local roadways. Call us today at (631) 529-2149 to learn more about our cesspool services!