If your home or commercial building isn’t connected to municipal sewers, then your septic system is one of the crucial elements of your property. A septic system provides an effective and environmentally-friendly way to manage and dispose of wastewater. When your septic system stops working as it should, you can end up with a plethora of problems such as sewage backups into your home, groundwater contamination, drainage interruptions, and more. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep your septic system in good working order at all times.
Let's look at some of the ways people damage their home's septic systems.
Many people don’t give much thought to what happens after you flush things down the drain or where the dishwater goes. However, it’s important to be careful about what you put down the drain. There are many items that can damage your septic system if you introduce them into your septic system. Your septic system is only designed to handle human waste, toilet paper, and wastewater.
Some of the items you should never introduce into your home's septic system include, coffee grounds, strong disinfectants like bleach, condoms, disposable diapers, menstrual products, flushable wipes, grease, and oil from cooking, medications, plastics, dental floss, cigarette butts, and paper towels.
These items can clog your drains, lead to sewage backup and interfere with the proper functioning of your septic tank.
You may think that excessive water use doesn’t cause a strain on your septic system; however, when it has to take on too much water, your septic tank and its components can be overwhelmed. Your septic system can only handle so much wastewater at any given time, depending on your home’s size, the number of water-using appliances, and the size of the septic tank. Your septic system should eliminate wastewater.
If your household overwhelms your septic tank with more wastewater than it can handle, it can lead to sewage backup and oversaturation of the drainfield. If your home’s water usage increases, it’s best to spread out chores that require a lot of water to avoid overwhelming your septic system.
Another way people damage their home's septic systems is through neglect. Some people fail to pump out their septic tanks or schedule routine septic inspection. Lack of proper septic system maintenance is the easiest way to reduce your septic system's lifespan. It's essential to schedule routine septic tank pumping and septic inspection. Septic tank pumping involves removing sludge, effluent, and scum from a septic tank before it reaches a level where it can interfere with the proper functioning of the tank, while septic inspection allows you to detect potential problems your septic system suffers from.
Putting too much weight on the septic tank and other septic system components can compromise your septic system. If you drive large vehicles over your septic tank or drainfield, you could cause the tank to collapse or crush perforated pipes.